Export settings for web and printing

Discussion in 'Post-Production' started by rodbaez, May 27, 2015.

  1. rodbaez

    rodbaez New to TalkEmount

    Jul 8, 2014
    Hey there guys!

    can some one help find a good export for web and for printing.

    I read that quality 92, and resolution 72 is ok for web?

    for printing i have no idea

    Thanks in advance
  2. dmward

    dmward TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 21, 2015
    Metro Chicago
    Most labs that make c prints suggest 300 pixels per inch.
    The pixels per inch assigned to a file that is viewed on a computer screen uploaded to a website is irrelevant. It is presented at the pixel size or down sized to adjust to the sites or viewing software parameters. All the pixels per inch setting in the exif data does is determine the ruler size in the software if applicable.

    As for compression. That's a bit trickier because, while the compression one applies when exporting the image may be good. Additional compression may be applied by the printing process (less likely) or the website (more likely).

    Generally, 75% is an acceptable amount that does not degrade the image for viewing on a computer via an application.

    Website uploads may take some testing to make sure there is not a problem.
    For printing, I tend to leave it at 100%. The file size isn't dramatically different and it eliminates the potential for problems. If its a critical print I may even export as a TIFF rather than a JPG since most commercial labs will accept TIFFs. Consumer labs may require JPGs.