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Aug
13
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
This is an excellent answer. As I understand our designer's workflow, the conversion happens simply to get it out of the JPEG format. Little if any editing happens during/after that point.
Mar
1
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
@Philip Regan, thanks for the extra update!
Feb
28
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
I'm accepting this answer. Even though it didn't fully answer my actual question, it does contain good info.
Feb
24
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
Yes it does dodge the issues with re-editing the image in the future and such, but it does get more to the heart of my original question and is the area that I don't yet fully understand.
Feb
24
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
Ok, now we're getting somewhere. Is it possible to set the internal representation in the PDF to be consistent? For example have the distiller push all images to TIFF, no matter what the source representation?
Feb
24
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
So you're saying it always decodes the file and then re-encodes it to the same format? Why would it do that and not just copy the bits. Or does it only do that if you tell it to increase the compression.
Feb
24
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
@PhilipRegan that doesn't make any sense. You seem to be saying that the PDF distillation will re-encode a jpeg, but will not re-encode other formats. If I have one jpeg and one tiff in the document and distill it, would it not either encode them to the same internal format, or keep them both as they are without any change?
Feb
24
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
Also, it is in fact possible (in some cases) to edit a jpeg with NO LOSS at all. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG#Lossless_editing and betterjpeg.com/features.htm
Feb
24
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
@PhilipRegan I totally get what jpeg compression is, as well the compounding nature of the loss. Are you saying that If I import a JPEG into InDesign and then distill that document to a PDF it will lose more data than existed in the first place, but that an eps(or tiff), with all other things being equal, will not?
Feb
24
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
Hardware may be cheaper than it was a few years ago, but it's not free. And it's not just the matter of throwing a bigger hard drive in someone's desktop. Plus I've got to consider back up and retention, which at the very least doubles the amount of storage required.
Feb
24
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
I'm starting from a lossy format, and other than the lossy thing is there anything wrong with JPEG?
Feb
23
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
@philip the printer get's a single PDF, so does it make any differnce at that point if it was imported into InDesign from a PSD, TIF or really anything else?
Feb
23
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
In a properly saved JPEG at sufficient DPI is there really any likelyhood of compression artifacts? I know many photographers use JPEGs throughout their workflow, why should it be different for graphic design?
Feb
23
comment JPEG vs EPS in a workflow
It's not impossible that it could include adding text, but generally no, it's just color correcting, touch ups and the like.