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There are many different types of image files that are used on the internet, but when it comes to fine art prints, using the giclee print making process to create high resolution .tiff files compares to nothing else in standard of quality. Even museums are using the giclee print making process to create replicas of famous antique fine art and restoration.

.Tiff image files have the option of not being compressed and therefore retaining all resolution information. They contain the entirety of the picture and are best for saving the purity of your artwork content in a digital format. .Jpg and .gif files are compresed image file formats and do not contain all the pixels necessary to print at life size. They are, however, much smaller in file size than .tif and .eps files which makes them perfect for using on the internet where bandwidth is limited.

Besides the physical dimensions of a print or digital file, there is another element called resolution which is measured by the number of dots (pixels) per inch or usually shortened to Dpi. When saving an image file from a high Dpi to a low Dpi resolution in the original file is lost (i.e. color information, clarity, contrast, etc.) and cannot be regained.

There are many ways to get your artwork scanned into an high resolution image file. A common method is to hire a professional photographer or personally take pictures of your art with a 35mm camera then create digital images directly from the film. There are many printing places that will do this for you. If you are going to use a digital camera then use nothing with less than 11 megapixels as anything lower is poorer quality than a 35mm camera. There are also many places you can take your artwork to to have them scanned professionally. This is the best method as it ensures that your digital images will be professionally color corrected. We recommend you find print making place that is familiar with the giclee process for the highest quality reproduction of your artwork.

More Resources On High Resolution Image Files
A Few Scanning Tips
About the giclee Printmaking Process
Making Your Photos Last

Digital Image File Types Explained