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Printing Formats

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by Sublime, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Sublime

    Sublime Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Hey guys,

    Just a quick question on printing formats.
    What do you prefer?

    And do you send to the rip via Photoshop/corel/illustrator or from Indesign?

  2. zmatalucci

    zmatalucci Very Active Member

    •PDF- eh, have had a lot of problems w/ masks in my rips for some reason
    •TIFF- only at high dpi, at least 72dpi at final size
    •Jpg- only at high dpi, at least 72dpi at final size
    •EPS- Yes, I love vectors. Please don't put a low res .jpeg etc. inside of it and call it a vector file either.
  3. insignia

    insignia Very Active Member

    from customers who supply their own art, .pdf is preferable although we rasterize it as a .tiff. We have alot of problems RIPing .pdfs, tons of transparency and color issues. There are so many ways to save a pdf that it's impossible to get a good file much of the time. But if it looks good on screen it'll rasterize and print great.
  4. jc1cell

    jc1cell Active Member

    Jun 11, 2007

  5. bob

    bob Major Contributor

    Nov 4, 2005
    PDF's can have some nasty color shifts. Especially with greens.

    TIF's are generally overkill. A hell of a lot of space for a minuscule improvement over a JPG with 0 compression and smoothing.

    EPS if and only if a vector image is needed.

    In general, the best all around performance, assuming you have your environment set up properly, is an RGB JPG. The only caveat is that gradients may show some weird banding. You can mitigate this by jacking up your dither algorithm to whatever is the highest performance dither in whatever software you might be using.

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