All professional cameras capture images in their own propriety format called, “RAW” images. These files require special software to view them. Most professional photographers then use Adobe Photoshop to improve the photos’ appearance. DNG (digital negative graphics) is Adobe’s proprietary image standard used to store image data in a generic, highly-compatible format.
Once this process is complete, the files are converted again to a more common format called JPG, which compresses the image, making is easier and faster to transmit over the internet. It also takes less space on storage or cloud devices.
All commercial photo labs demand JPG format and this is the most preferred language of digital documents for pictures.
Every JPG image could be printed. However, not all JPG files are the same. The compression rate of the files still require further understanding as they are driven by the intended use.
Soft proofing, Also called, “monitor viewing,” soft proofing is the ability to view a simulation on a monitor of how an image will look when printed. The benefit is quick transfer time and instant access upon opening.
Soft proofing is perfect for attaching pictures to emails, posting on social media, or reviewing a large collection. While any JPG file viewed during soft proofing could be printed, these files are very restrictive in terms of print size. They might be good for a 4” x6” print, but anything bigger, or any attempt to crop and enlarge them will result in pixelated prints due to their low resolution.
Each image is only a few hundred KB in size.
Personal files. Images intended for some personal printing or sending/sharing with relatives or friends. Personal files have higher resolution and therefore could be enlarged and/or cropped to 5” x 7” or maximum 8” x 10.” They are ideal for keepsake purpose or gifting as souvenirs. Because there was no post capture enhancements applied, they might not have the quality improvement necessary for an optimized display. Many photos contain some general enhancement in color or straightening but are not corrected individually.
The pictures are under 1MG in size.
These file types are available for purchase at the end of each project without any branding on the photos and with a written permission for most personal use, including printing.
Final enhanced files. All selected images go through a final, extensive editing process, producing a “final enhanced file.”
Each photo is improved with color balancing, cropping, focusing and electronic touch-up, such as teeth whitening, skin-blemish removal, and so on. The result could be a 35 MB size file. These images are ideal for very large fine art prints. The necessary work requires years of training, expertise, creativity and advanced, expensive technology. These images remain the property of Grafixer Studio as they are part of our tangible assets. They are stored in a safe archive system. Generally, we do not release them and they are never part of any offer or package deal. You can always order any size final print from them later on.