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Nov 11, 2013 22:50 |  #1

Question I would like to know which will give the highest quality when printing using photo shop jpeg file or a TIF?


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Nov 12, 2013 00:03 |  #2

Printing FAQ. Short answer: Q10 sRgb jpeg.


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Nov 12, 2013 01:55 |  #3

Question: how are you getting the tiff? Is it from a digital photo or from a scanner? And, what type of workflow are you considering?


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Nov 12, 2013 02:27 |  #4

Seeing the printer in your signature I'd suggest TIFF.




  
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Nov 12, 2013 11:16 |  #5

I am getting a tiff from saving the raw file in CS6 and saving as a TIFF


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Nov 12, 2013 12:01 |  #6

N2bnfunn wrote in post #16445413 (external link)
I am getting a tiff from saving the raw file in CS6 and saving as a TIFF

Are you printing on a home printer or a print lab?


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Nov 12, 2013 12:41 |  #7

Technically TIFF is a lossless format. But I don't think there will be much difference between 10x8 printed from JPG/q100% and TIFF.

Photo labs usually calibrate their equipment for sRGB JPGs.


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Nov 12, 2013 23:21 |  #8

As with other recent posts on this subject I refer you to some testing that I did earlier this year, comparing different levels of JPEG compression compared to a TIFF (using lossless compression). I could detect no difference between the TIFF and the Q10 JPEG by eye. I also compared the images using PS and the Difference blend mode, on both smooth gradations and high detail elements. At Q10 there was no deviation greater than around 10 between the pixels/colour channels and most were 5 or under. This is not actually detectable as a colour change when viewed normally in PS. Details of the testing are HERE.

For printing to a local printer I would do that from PS using PS to manage the colour. If sending to a print lab I would just send a Q10 JPEG with whichever colour profile the lab recommended. If they did not supply an ICC profile then I would use sRGB.

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Nov 13, 2013 01:04 as a reply to  @ BigAl007's post |  #9

Well today I try using a TIFF file save in PS 16 bit, and when I printed it using PS color managment on my Pixma pro-1 printer the picture came out unreal, every detail very sharp and it was clean, I think I will print using TIFF 16 bit files in PS 6 mac version.


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Nov 13, 2013 01:55 |  #10

N2bnfunn wrote in post #16447467 (external link)
Well today I try using a TIFF file save in PS 16 bit, and when I printed it using PS color managment on my Pixma pro-1 printer the picture came out unreal, every detail very sharp and it was clean, I think I will print using TIFF 16 bit files in PS 6 mac version.

If you're printing from Photoshop to a home printer, you really don't need to convert to an "alternative" file type, just print directly to the printer from PS. Having a profiled monitor can help, and then the correct "profile" for the paper you are using, just make sure you have Photoshop "manage" the color (not the printer).


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Nov 13, 2013 11:54 |  #11

That might be so if you are NOT USING a high end printerlike the canon Pixma pro-1 when printing using a TIFF file uncompressed, 16 bit you will see more details in the picture such as in fine arts.


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Nov 13, 2013 16:15 |  #12

N2bnfunn wrote in post #16448531 (external link)
That might be so if you are NOT USING a high end printerlike the canon Pixma pro-1 when printing using a TIFF file uncompressed, 16 bit you will see more details in the picture such as in fine arts.

Were you responding to what I said in the above post?

The reason I said "you don't need to convert" if printing directly from Photoshop to a home printer is because printing directly means you won't do any re-constructing at all. Converting to a tiff won't do any good!


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Nov 13, 2013 23:10 |  #13

I am sorry but I disagree, when you are working out of a raw file, you can save it as a Jpeg or a TIFF etc, you are NOT converting it is no difference then saving it as a TIFF file, Again if you have a HIGH PRINTER you will see a difference trust me I have tested and seen it. Question what type of printer do you have ? do you have the windows or mac version of PS?


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Nov 15, 2013 07:47 |  #14

I print direct from Photoshop to an Epson R2880 and the printer does not need me to save as a Jpeg or TIFF, it takes it and simply does what it needs to do. OK, when I save the image that's the stage I need to be making a decision.


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Nov 15, 2013 08:52 |  #15

This may depend on whether the OP is saving as JPEG just for printing or for archiving as well. I work mostly in LR and export JPEG when needed but usually trash the JPEGs when their job is done so they don't get edited much but just serve as an end product. When I go to PS, the result is saved as TIF and stacked with the original RAW. When scanning, I save as TIF. I would not want my only copy of a file to be JPEG, even at q100.

That being said I would not expect much difference with a high quality JPEG and TIF when printing. I usually print directly from LR or PS. When I send files to a lab for printing, they are fresh exports of the highest quality JPEG I can make.


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