In website development, an image sprite is used to optimise website loading times by reducing the number of separate resources that need to be fetched from the server when a website is loaded.
Images of all different sizes are placed together in a single file and their coordinates within the image file are referenced using a language such as
Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) or
In animation, an image sprite can be used to create a variety of animations; infinitely looping animations, banner animations and game animations, to name a few.
The various states or frames of the animations are placed in a grid-like formation, and their specific coordinates are referenced for both sequential and non-sequential animation purposes.