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Mohamed October 8, 2015 at 12:17 am

If the places you would like to upload your photos to for printing only allow .JPG files, then it says they think their customers are okay with compromising some image quality and detail for the sake of price and convenience.Expounding on what Vlad said, not only is it more convenient for you as a consumer to upload smaller .JPG files than larger uncompressed .TIFF files, it’s also cheaper for the printing company on their end because they aren’t saving and processing these larger file sizes. Seconds of processing time, Gigabytes of hard drive space, all add up to more money.And they save on tech support staff as well who would have to be trained to help their customers understand how to even save as .TIFF files and manage their larger sizes on their possibly outdated computer hardware. Overall, for these companies we are speaking of, .JPG is a good level of compromise for them and their customers. Especially considering even if you showed many of them a printout from both a .JPG or a .TIFF source, many of them may not even care if some of the detail is soft looking or pixelated in the .JPG version. I mean, It’s a picture of their granddaughter! She’s so beautiful! They’re happy. And to make sure Art’s point is made even clearer (if that’s possible), let me add that if you do a nice scan on one of your photos, and then save it as a .JPG file, know that at that moment, you are already throwing out some quality and detail. Then if you later re-open that .JPG file and make some edits to it and re-save it again as a .JPG, now you have just thrown out even more quality and detail. So it’s not just when you make edits to a .JPG where there is a loss, it’s from the second you settle on .JPG as your file type to begin with.So, I would say if the highest quality is really important to you, and you would still like to work in the .JPG format for some of your photographs, try and use editing software that will let you save at the highest quality possible at each save. This way you will lose the least amount of detail as possible each time. Often times, this menu item as you are saving is like a slide bar from 1-10 — 10 being highest quality. If it just says Save as .JPG for example, how do we know if it’s saving it as a quality 10 or a quality 5 .Cheers!


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