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    printing photos: best file xtension?

    I like to work on old photos that have been scanned into my computer. I usually save these as TIF and edit and change crop etc in Paint Shop or Photoshop and save them as TiFF so that they are not compressed until finally happy with the end product and then save as JPG. Some I print out on my printer and I never know if they would be of better quality if printed from a TIFF file or JPG. or doesn't it matter?

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    Re: printing photos: best file xtension?

    The printer doesn't care about the file format, it just gets instructions to spray dots.... As long as you are not severely compressing the images when you save them to JPEG, then they should print out just about the same.

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    Re: printing photos: best file xtension?

    Thanks for confirming, I wasn't sure about that.

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    Re: printing photos: best file xtension?

    Hi Jeff,

    TIFF files support compression too but, unlike JPEG compression, TIFF compression isn't lossy.

    As for the TIIF vs-JPEG print issue, the areas to whatch are those involving high contrast. (eg silhouettes, building edges & black print on a white background). If you're not seeing any JPEG compression artifacts in those areas, printing from JPEG files should be OK.

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