Choosing File Formats: TIFF vs JPEG

 
TIFF JPEG  

Lossless File: A TIFF file type is called a Lossless file because editing and resaving results in no loss in quality or degradation to the image

Lossy File: A JPEG file type is called lossy because every time it is edited and resaved there is a loss in quality to the image

 
Use For:
  • Editing or digitally restoring your images using photo editing software.
  • Archiving. Order a set of TIFF files to put in a safe deposit box or fireproof safe.
Use For:
  • Viewing, emailing, creating Web Galleries and Slideshow Movies (Low resolution JPEGs)
  • Printing photos and photo gifts
  • Burning discs of your pictures to share. (High Resolution JPEGs)
 
Pros:
  • A TIFF file is more flexible than JPEG beacuse it retains all of its information.
  • You can create a JPEG from a TIFF file if you have the software.
Pros:
  • JPEGs are a more common and supported by most applications.
  • A JPEG is about 1/4th the size of a TIFF
 
Cons:
  • A TIFF file is about 4x the size of a JPEG, which can make working with them slow and cumbersome.
  • TIFF files are not supported by as many applications as JPEGs
Cons:
  • If you save a jpeg at all, it gets one generation of loss. Even if you do no editing. Just by clicking the save button, you get loss on that file (viewing the images does not cause loss, just saving over it). You can go back to the CD and get the original.
  • A JPEG is about 1/4th the size of a TIFF
  • Burning discs of your pictures to share. (High Resolution JPEGs)
 

Still not sure which resolution is the best for your project? You can order your images in both TIFF and JPEG files, the only cost is the extra discs it takes!