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  1. ang

    ang TPF Noob!

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    Do most use TIFF for saving files for printing?

    When do you use PSD Format?
     
  2. Marctwo

    Marctwo TPF Noob!

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    I use tiff for masters and jpeg for printable versions; I haven't use psd for ages.
     
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    Dweller Inconspicuous Supporter

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    Marctwo what are the benefits of using TIFF over PSD?
     
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    Not much at all. I don't even use compression as the saving on 16bit images is minimal. The main thing I like about tiff rather than psd is that you can view your images in the (rubbish but convenient) windows picture viewer.

    <edit>So... portability I guess. </edit>
     
  5. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    I use both TIFF and PSD. I save as a PSD if I'm mid-edit or want to keep my layers all seperate. And I save as Tiff if I'm going to print, or just want to save a high quality non lossy version without layers and I want to use it on someone elses computer that might not take PS. But otherwise I'll print off jpegs.

    Definately agree on the eease of previewing the TIFFs. I love that. The problem is that TIFFs and PSDs are just so frikkin big!!
    I used to save the PSD as layers, then save a small web sized JPEG, then save the printable TIFF. Mostly now, I just save a printable JPEG and the original PSD version, simply to save on hard disk space. There's nothing to be worried about printing off a JPEG.
     
  6. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Tiff allows a smaller file size, through lossless compression, while still maintaining layers. I never use psd.
     
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    Ahh the layers were my main reason for sticking with PSD. I was also under the impression that PSD saved history but it seems I was wrong on that (although I think that would be a nice feature).

    Since TIFF can be displayed by the windows preview feature it looks like I have some converting to do today :)
     
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    When you save your JPEG's in photoshop do you always go for the biggest size?
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    The only time I save a jpg in photoshop, is when it's for displaying on the web, and when I do that, I use "save for web", and I choose the highest level of compression that retains quality with no artifacts.
     
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    I generally use 10 for print versions. I use 'save for web' and 'optimise to file size' for web versions.
     
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    When saving in PSD., do you lose details?
     
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    PSD does not compress at all. You lose no data whatsoever.
     

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