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    Default Digital or Film Print?

    Which provides a better output? Digital or Film print?

    Meaning, if u were to send a CDR to a processing shop to print a 4R photo, would the outcome be better, on par, or worse than the a film print?

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    I think it depends on the size of your files in the CD and how big you want to print them to. If the file size is small, then you probably can't print them very big (e.g. 5R and above).

    If you use TIFF files then of course you can print very nice pictures

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    I dun own a digital camera, so I'm not sure wat format ppl usually save in & how big the file is on an average.
    Let's assume we r developing at 4R.

    Anybody?

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    Welll, I do know that you need at least 1Mb to be able to print a decent 5R picture.... especially if you have alot of colors....

    As for 4R, I can't really remember.... maybe 600-800Kb?

    Hee, anyone can verify?

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    Originally posted by bja
    Welll, I do know that you need at least 1Mb to be able to print a decent 5R picture.... especially if you have alot of colors....

    As for 4R, I can't really remember.... maybe 600-800Kb?

    Hee, anyone can verify?
    can't say this way lah. a 640x480x24 bit uncompressed image is close to 1MB but you'll get awful 5R print.

    What's also important is the resolution (measured by pixel dimensions), not just the file size.

    Anyway, for the original poster, if the source is film, sending it for printing will always be the best because there's no loss in the subsequent digitisation process.
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    So Can I safely assume slightly more than 1Mb?

    Wat format do u guys save in to give to the developer?

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    no. you cannot say safely more than 1MB. use an image editor/browser and open up the image. Let us know the pixel dimensions (e.g. 1600x1200).

    Images printed from scan (i.e. CD-R in this case) will never be better than the original film. At best, they're on par.
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    Ok. Pix dimension, I dunno.

    Aniwae, I think u answered my question. Thanx

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