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Is it possible to print TIFF files

Harry Joseph , Aug 07, 2007; 07:50 p.m.

I was just speaking to a friend of mine who I did some work for recently. I edited some pictures for him and saved them as TIFF files so the picture would not degrade. Now he wants me to convert them back to JPEG, because he said nobody would print them. I'm not sure, but I dont think I ever had any problems printing TIFFs from home ?


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Andrew Rodney , Aug 07, 2007; 08:00 p.m.

He's a bit nuts. Anyone who knows what they are doing can print from a Tiff.

Daniel Juan , Aug 07, 2007; 08:05 p.m.

Yes, it is possible to print Tiff files althought most people prefer the smaller size of JPEG. Tiff files wil give better results due to the Lossless nature of the file, but the sizes of large files can be detrimental to sending them to most e-mail accounts. There might be some places that will not be able to read Tiffs (Costco and some other large retail printers in my experience), but a commercial lab should have no problems due to the multitude of imaging programs they'll have.

Patrick Lavoie , Aug 07, 2007; 08:14 p.m.

Maybe he was refering to a minilab saying *nobody wants to pritn them*? Many lab dont want to plug a computer to there station or they are just too lazy...seem easier for them to send JPEG. So your friend is right in a way. But any where in the world people can print TIFF no problem.

Mendel Leisk , Aug 07, 2007; 08:31 p.m.

Just give him a jpeg conversion with quality around 8~9, and retain the tiff. The jpeg is *much* more portable. I think the main reason someone would not want to deal with tiff is the size. There are also some compatiblility issues: earlier versions of ACDSee had problems with tiffs, for one. Speaking of which, ACDSee, IrfanView or similar are handy for doing the file format conversions quick.

Harry Joseph , Aug 07, 2007; 09:30 p.m.

I think he deals with Cosco allot.

Ronaldo R , Aug 07, 2007; 10:18 p.m.

unless you're printing a bus stop banner , printing TIFs is a waste of space.

Save you finals as lowest compression JPGs and I dare you to spot a difference in prints.

William John Smith , Aug 08, 2007; 12:03 a.m.

Very few, if any, professional labs will touch jpgs, TIFF is the standard for printing quality images. An example of file requirements from a San Francisco professional lab:

File Requirements:
All files must be flattened 8-bit RGB TIFF files
All files must have alpha channels removed
Individual file size limit is 495 MB

If you can't spot the difference between a jpg and tiff print then I suggest you don't ever apply for the job of art director!

Ronaldo R , Aug 08, 2007; 03:52 a.m.

William, can YOU spot any difference and are you an art director?

I certainly can't spot any difference between a highest quality JPG and TIF output from a properly processed/exposed RAW file in DPP 3.0, ceteris paribus. I doubt anyone else will. Anything else is CYA

Patrick Lavoie , Aug 08, 2007; 08:04 a.m.

I dont no much people that can spot a print from a JPEG quality 12 vs TIF....Any arrogant (pro or not) lab certainly cant spot the difference either.

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