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« on: March 12, 2015, 19:56 »
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When a buyer purchases a Enhanced License from SS are they getting a jpg or tiff file? If its not a tiff, does SS ever offer tiff size files for purchase?


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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2015, 00:01 »
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OK so on Shutterstock is says that they do infact offer tiff for the enhanced download but that they make the tiff from the jpeg image. Doesn't that seem pointless? Usually the tiff is larger to begin with and then you  convert to jpg and it gets a lot smaller. So what is the point of them converting it to a tiff? If it was a 174mb tiff file and then you convert it to jpeg and it goes to lets say 12mb jpg then Shutterstock can't turn the 12mb jpg you give them and make it back into a 174mb tiff! So why do they make it a tiff?

« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2015, 00:44 »
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Dreamstime and 123rf offer a TIFF as well - same as SS, created from a JPEG we upload.

I think the idea when they introduced this was to give the old-school macro agency customers what they were used to getting (upsized TIFFs) rather than arguing with them that the JPEG from the camera at native size was just as good.

Getting a 16 bit TIFF created from the RAW or PSD file would have some real value, but probably not enough and for too few customers to make it worth the hassle of dealing with other formats.

Pond 5 has just announced they're accepting PSDs; I sell a few PSDs at Creative Market. There perhaps will emerge more places where files other than JPEG can be sold.

At DT and 123rf  I've sold TIFF files; always amazes me, but the sales do happen

« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2015, 01:12 »
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Dreamstime and 123rf offer a TIFF as well - same as SS, created from a JPEG we upload.

I think the idea when they introduced this was to give the old-school macro agency customers what they were used to getting (upsized TIFFs) rather than arguing with them that the JPEG from the camera at native size was just as good.

Getting a 16 bit TIFF created from the RAW or PSD file would have some real value, but probably not enough and for too few customers to make it worth the hassle of dealing with other formats.

Pond 5 has just announced they're accepting PSDs; I sell a few PSDs at Creative Market. There perhaps will emerge more places where files other than JPEG can be sold.

At DT and 123rf  I've sold TIFF files; always amazes me, but the sales do happen

What is an upsized tiff exactly? is it any better quality than the jpeg they make it from or are you uploading tiff files to places like SS, DT etc?

cuppacoffee

« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2015, 06:26 »
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DT creates their own tifs using a "secret" fractal process. They do not accept tifs from the contributor. If that is what a buyer wants so be it. The tif sales show up now and then.

« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2015, 13:44 »
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None of the major sites accept TIFFs from contributors. There are all sorts of articles about how to upsize without quality loss, but the bottom line of any upsizing is that you're inventing pixels that may or may not correspond to what would have been there had the original capture been at a higher resolution.

Level 12 (photoshop) JPEGs are pretty clean, so I'm sure the images are halfway decent, even enlarged. I just wouldn't pay anyone to do it for me.


 

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