Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by bellaPictures, Dec 19, 2005.
How do you keep the original size of the raw files when you convert it to jpeg?
Usually it's best to have two separate areas for pre and post manipulation. I personally like to have an originals directory containing unmanipulated files (say RAW) and then a print directory containing adjusted top-quality 300dpi jpegs and then a web directory containing 800x600x72dpi web optimised jpegs.
I usually keep all my RAW files and use Save As when I convert them to jpg then you have two files, the original un-edited full size and the smaller jpg. You can also convert them to Tiff and that will not compress the file.
I archive all RAW images to cd, I keep full size .tiff conversions on those images I use, and then keep web sized .jpg's for display online.
blah blah blah and I have a mess in my files
Thats what i do but what if i want to enlarge a photo and the jpeg size is too small for enlarging?
Go back to the original in that situation. Don't work with jpegs, use them as a final result. Work with .psd, .tiff and RAW and produce a jpeg as the end product to ensure you don't lose quality.
thanks Rob...ill try that
I agree with Rob. And I only use jpegs as a final result for the web, not printing.
My personal usage:
RAW: original capture and archival.
TIFF (and sometimes PSD): Manipulation stages and final result archive, and printing (no sharpening saved. I only sharpen just before printing or after resizing for the web)
JPG: web only, at reduce resolution
So TIFF is best for printing, not JPEG like i always thought. Thanks so much for all your advice. Learnt something new today!
No prob. JPEGs are compressed, so you lose information and get compression artifacts. A TIFF has all the original info still there. Just consider a JPEG as a print-out, but made for displaying on the web.
SO what you guys are saying is this pretty much..
1. Shoot RAW on the camera.
2. Put RAW image on computer.
3. Edit RAW image and save as - a RAW image?
4. Print from a RAW or TIFF file.
5. JPG for only web sharing.
6. Always keep original RAW file and Edited RAW files for archival purposes.
I have just begun shooting RAW on my canon 20D and the difference over jpeg from the camera is simply AMAZING..
Btw. Im using photoshop CS2 on my Apple Pc to Edit my raw files.
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