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  1. shachr6

    shachr6 TPF Noob!

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    I have a picture and it is in RAW format. I want to get it printed as a 20X30. What is the best way to do this? how should I save it, or should I just send it to them as a RAW file? Thanks in advance!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You should call them and ask what format they would prefer. I doubt it would be RAW...plus, RAW files require some editing or at least some decision making about the settings...wouldn't you rather do that than leaving it up to them?

    I would edit the image myself (Photoshop) then save it as a PSD file. Then flatten it and save a copy to send them...either a PSD, TIFF or JPEG at max quality. Also, make sure you are using the color space that they require (probably sRGB)
     
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    You need to save it to an sRGB Jpeg, becuase that's what it will eventually get converted to anyway at some point in the printing process.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Really? I never knew that. My lab asks for Mac tiffs.

    Pete
     
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    Thanks, what would the best program to do this in be. Lightroom? CS2?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's up to you, there is more than one way to skin a cat, or so they say.

    I haven't used lightroom, but it's supposed to be great for converting RAW files, especially when you have a lot of them. For one image, Adobe Camera RAW is probably good enough for the conversion. Once you have converted the RAW file, Photoshop is probably the best program to work on it.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    If your using a pro lab rather than the corner shop they should print from Adobe RGB files or have their own printer profiles for you to assign in PS, SRGB is a smaller colour space and really you want more info than less especially as this shot is going to be large.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I understand the color space... what I don't get is the jpg part.
     
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    What's not to understand? Most labs take JPEG files. All of this can be solved by calling the lab you want to get it printed at. It's all good and fine for us to tell you most Pro labs use Adobe RGB and want jpg files but what if this is not the case.

    Call up the lab. Ask them what format they want the photo in, what dpi they want, and which colour space they print in. From there the adjustment of settings is trivial.
     
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    Someone here said it was necessary at some time in the printing process to convert files to jpg. That's what I don't get.

    I routinely print tif files, and to my knowledge, they NEVER become jpgs.

    I'm asking for a clarification of that statement.

    Pete
     
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    i always send jpegs for printing after I've done the post processing and cropping.

    As for sending or printing from TIFFs it's already been said here - ask the lab - some labs may happily work with TIFFs others with jpegs.
    Christie - it cold be your lab is perfectly happy with jpegs while in Garbz experience, jpeg is the preferred format.

    I'd say it depends on the lab.
     

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