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Jpg compression for original quality?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by KennyM, Feb 16, 2005.

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  1. KennyM

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    I want to retain the original quality of a jpg file that I load into a paint program. If even only a small edit, when I save it (jpg) the software wants to know what compression. If I save as a large file in PSE or Corel PhotoPaint the result is a file twice as large as the original.

    Should I save it as a larger file or compress it just so it's the same size?
    It is for regular photo printing.
     
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    Save it as a .bmp until all editing is complete. A .bmp (bitmap) is an uncompressed file.

    Only then reconvert it to a .jpg, or some quality can be lost at every save.
     
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    Thanks mate. I guess I might as well save it in the paint program format then as that should be uncompressed also. In the end though I will still need to save to a compressed jpg for photo processing. I suppose I will make it about the same size or a bit larger than the camera's file.
     
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