• Robert Lambie

    September 1, 2004 at 7:43 pm

    im certainly no expert here mate.. but.. i always thought a .bmp picture image file was best but has a large file size, then moving onto jpg, isnt as clear but has much smaller file size. then there is gif which is smaller file size again with less quality.
    after speaking with a supplier of large format prints the other day, he said a tiff file is best. 😕 that burst my bubble 😮 :lol1:
    i know that vector/line files can be blown to any size without comprimising the quality, but very few customers understand these file types, so i tend not to go there.

    im sure someone will give you a far better explanation for your question than i have.. im still a newbie in the printing side to our trade 😳 😉

  • Simon Bingham

    September 1, 2004 at 8:50 pm

    Also no expert, but TIF is generally regarded as the best format.

    JPEG are smaller files but this is due to compression and you will lose a degree of detail each time you re-save the file, this also happens with TIF files but to a smaller degree.

    BMP is a bitmap image format developed by Microsoft and commonly used in the Windows operating system for storing icons.

    GIF is designed for web use and should be avoided

    ON a recent training course I was told that if the image is supplied at print size then 150dpi is OK, at 1/2 size – 300 dpi and so on.

    There is a brilliant book which I have had out of the library in the past called something like “The Non-designers print and scan guide” which really good at explaining everything without getting too confusing

    or try this link for more info on file types


  • Gordon Forbes

    September 2, 2004 at 12:38 am

    I read somewhere that for saving quality on files like these thay .png is actually the best save without any loss or compression effects but I think has bigger files.

  • carlo27r

    September 2, 2004 at 1:29 am

    i found that eps for print and cut or just cut and tiff for photo quality. But still open for suggestion.

  • Rodney Gold

    September 2, 2004 at 4:16 am

    If you want to email , you have very little choice barring JPEG in terms of compression
    An 8 ft by ft file that prints properly will be about 200 megs in uncompressed format (12000 x 6000 x 3 pixels) and that will be a mission to DL.
    EPS is generally first prize as most programs recognise this and it can include a mix of vector and raster graphics.
    Problems arise with mixed graphics in terms of fonts and fades.
    PDF works very well too.

  • Liam Caulfield

    September 2, 2004 at 7:27 am

    Yup PDFs are rapidly becoming the standard file for printing.

  • Rodney Gold

    September 2, 2004 at 9:09 am

    PDF’s are a dream , right this very moment we were sent a badge design with a bitmap of the logo , very fussy colour customers , also sent me a 48 page PDF of the logo specs etc.
    Try as we might , the bitmap wouldnt print correctly colour wise. All I did was extract a page from the PDF as an EPS , imported into corel , and hey presto , I had the vector image with the correct fills – what a pleasure!!

  • Carrie Brown

    September 2, 2004 at 2:04 pm

    we usually go with pdf’s

    Carrie 😀

  • Andy Gorman

    September 2, 2004 at 4:14 pm

    I am a slave to the corel pdf export feature. The majority of my proof drawings are now sent as pdf files. So much quicker and easier than printing drawings, showing to customer etc…..Maybe that paperless office they promised us 10 years ago is actually materialising. Oh, and back on the subject; I use PDF to send artwork for printing, just be sure to set options to allow for any fonts used, otherwise they won’t display in the right font.

  • Rebecca

    September 2, 2004 at 10:56 pm

    We find that pdf’s usually work best on our jv3, we convert most print files to pdf.

    Also pdfs better for emailing, usually smaller files.


  • autosign

    September 4, 2004 at 12:44 pm

    What software is best for creating pd’fs?

  • Chris Wool

    September 4, 2004 at 1:21 pm

    mr auto sign

    corel 10 or later works well


  • Alan Drury

    September 4, 2004 at 3:57 pm

    I use Acrobat – more flexible than Corel’s own export as it is more like printing. Jaws pdf creator is a cheaper option but with Acrobat you can export a pdf to eps therefore if people send you a pdf you can convert it for cutting.

  • Nicola McIntosh

    September 4, 2004 at 9:05 pm

    hi 😀

    adobe acrobat 5 is what you need, as you cannot export anything with acrobat reader, also with 5 as alan mentioned, you can convert pdf to eps, with the inbuilt distiller tool!! 😀 thought i’d mention it as most folk get confused with anything adobe!! 😛


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