Which is better?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by dextertangocci, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Hi everyone

    I am busy scanning some old photos for iPhoto.

    I just want to know, what is the best quality format to save it in: JPEG, TIFF, BMP or PNG?

    I don't care about the size of the image, but just want the best quality.

    Thanks!:)
     
  2. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks!:)

    Oh, and BTW, is TIFF COMPRESSED nearly the same quality as TIFF? Is it lossless compression?
     
  3. ATD macrumors 6502a

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    A Tiff with LZW compression is lossless compression.


     
  4. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    just a note...

    .tif with LZW is definitely good, though I have had problems getting LZW to function properly with Windows. May have been peculiar to me, though, or maybe just an older version of Windows (as if newer would be any better)...

    anyhow, just a thought
     
  5. ATD macrumors 6502a

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    I have never had a problem with it on a Mac, then again I don't use Windows. ;)
     
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  7. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    really? hmmm...I wonder if that explains why the copy of Photoshop me dear old dad had on his PC always ran like sh*t...

    yea I've never had a problem with LZW on the Mac either...funny how the Mac just seems to "work," eh?
     
  8. ATD macrumors 6502a

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    Photoshop was originally developed for the Mac, not the PC. I would like to think it's a better platform anyway. :D


     
  9. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    Holy Cow...

    I just looked at your portfolio. I'm VERY impressed. Excellent work, sir.

    Your XBox case design, btw, beats the crap out of the one they finally chose...figures. Microsoft...
     
  10. ATD macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks :)


    That was an intense project (XBox), I did 7 case designs and 3D renders overnight. I didn't know they went with any case.


     
  11. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oops.

    I by accident scanned 27 images in BMP format. Will iPhoto recognise it? If not, can I somehow convert it???
     
  12. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    I dunno if iPhoto will recognize them, though at a guess I'd say it will. And yes, you can convert them, though if it were me I'd just re-scan them. BMP is kind of a crappy format...it's ok for low-res printing (printed tee shirts, for example) but for high-res it's not so great. Even if you re-saved the BMP files as .tif, you'd just be saving the original crummy information in a different format. If you have the time, re-scan.
     
  13. ATD macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, once the quality slips you can't get it back by saving them into another format.



     
  14. eXan macrumors 601

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    TIFF definately has the highest quality, but if you're not a pro (and you are not if you ask these questions) you wont probably notice a difference between it and a hughest quality JPG. :) JPG will save you a TON of space
     
  15. kaboutertje macrumors regular

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    If you are considering ever going pro a couple of external harddisks aren't a bad investment though :).
     

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