File format for print..

katy

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Jun 19, 2006
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Hi


I have been sending files to print in Tif format but would it be the same result if the files were saved as a pdf? Is there any loss in quality etc?




Thanks
Katy
 

LeviG

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Nov 6, 2006
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yes, how much of a difference it all depends on the configuration of the pdf, ie image compression etc. Usually a high res low compression pdf is comparable in my experiences.
 

Jim Campbell

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Dec 6, 2006
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A World of my Own; UK
I have been sending files to print in Tif format but would it be the same result if the files were saved as a pdf? Is there any loss in quality etc?
In theory, a resolution TIFF should give you as good a printed output as any other format, and obviously better than any lossy format, like JPEG.

In practice, if there is any significant amount of text, then I would always go with a PDF, since text from a TIFF always seems to look slightly fuzzy.

Short version: photographic images won't go far wrong with any lossless graphic format. TIFF has always been my preference. Text or more graphical images will probably benefit from a vector format. PDF lets you combine the two.

Cheers

Jim