What Bit?

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  1. hacksaw35

    hacksaw35 TPF Noob!

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    I have just started messing with Photomatix and HDR, when I am fine tuning the picture in the "tone mapping" window, it has a setting for 8 or 16 bit...I was wondering what you guys could tell me about that. Thanks.
     
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    16 bit is usually TIFF format i believe, and its less compressed so you have a little more editing freedom if you go to photoshop after photomatix. 8 bit is jpeg and it compresses the file for you . you can still edit it and stuff, but it will probably be a little easier to work with in PS if you use 16 bit. hope this helps!
     
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    Thanks for the help.
     
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    Tiff can be 8 or 16 bit. In general most folks recommend 16 bit for editing, but there are a few heretics who suggest there is little difference unless you are doing fairly radical editing. I'm with them, although I would classify HDR and tone mapping as radical editing.
     

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