Photomatix and Saving ... Printing Tiffs?

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Clawed, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. Clawed

    Clawed TPF Noob!

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    I purchased PhotoMatix yesterday after importing a series of pics to the trial version to see what kind of results I can expect. So, I imported the images, and as soon as the composite was acheived, I saved the image (as an HDR file). I did not do any tone mapping at all. Then, I opened the file in CS4 and was blown away by the results (after a bit of sharpening). When viewing it in CS4, there was no watermark and the file looked NOTHING like the image I saw on screen after the composite process.

    The problem? The image was 96 megs (after converting it from an HDR to a TIFF in an effort to make it something I can work with and print), and there was no way to convert it as a JPG. I repeated the process after purchasing PhotoMatix, but this time I hit the tonemapping button, but the resulting image was far inferior to the "auto," un-tonemapped version I mentioned earlier. After I messed around with it for awhile, I achieved a result somewhat like the results I had achieved before (though still very much inferior). Obviously, I was then able to save it as a JPG.

    My question then, is two-fold:

    1) Was the first image so much more amazing simply because it was saved as an uncompressed TIFF? And is there any way I can convert the original image to a JPG, once I export it from Photomatix?

    2) Are there professional labs that actually print from TIFF files? If so, are there size restrictions?

    Any help and I am extremely grateful :thumbup:

    ~Canaan
     
  2. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes there was. ;)

    You had to convert the image from a 16-bit to an 8-bit BEFORE saving it as a JPG while in PS. TIFFs are 16-bit... and there is no possibility to save it as a JPG until you drop it to 8-bits. Look under the IMAGE menu.

    Also, unless you are printing over 30" poster sizes, there is no visual loss of quality on most down-conversions from TIFF to JPG at a good photo lab. The TIFF and JPGs will be pretty much identical at all but the very biggest of sizes.
     
  3. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    And the print lab will really appreciate the JPEG upload, since it will take up 1/4 the disk space for essentially the same print quality. :lol:
     

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