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Features of .tiff format pictures downloaded from image bank (using the example of shutterstock.com)

Many designers, both experienced and newbies, are faced with the fact that some of the pictures downloaded from stock databases in the format .jpg / .jpeg do not have sufficiently good quality for specific purposes (for example, for large format printing), because when you stretch the picture over a large area, grit, noise, etc. appear. Therefore, there is a need to get the same picture but in a better quality. Today, we will look at one trick for which gullible users of photo banks fall in pursuit of quality. If we do not delve into the technical details, then a picture taken in the .tiff format will be much better than a similar picture taken in the .jpg format. The situation is similar with illustrations created in raster editors – an image exported in .tiff format will be much better than the similar image exported in .jpg. Based on the above experience, a user (for example, at shutterstock.com) sees the opportunity to download a picture in the .tiff format:

If the user does not need an extended license to use the picture, but only the picture itself in the best quality - they are in for a disappointment when downloading it in the .tiff format, as in terms of quality, they will get the same image as in .jpg only converted to .tiff. The only difference will be that the weight (Mb) of the picture in the .tiff format will be several times more. We have learned this based on the recommendations of the image bank for photographers shutterstock.com:


and this article:


It turns out that after the photographer sends the raster image to the image bank, it is automatically converted to JPEG and stored in this compressed format. That is, downloading a picture in the.tiff format from a stock database, you will receive a picture re-coded from .jpg – accordingly, its quality cannot be better than the source, i.e. .jpg.

Our recommendation: if you need a picture of a high definition, it is best to use vector images, as they stretch to any size, and their quality will be always perfect. Basically, a vector drawing is a formula, according to which vector programs “build” a picture based on the vector file details (nodes, contours, fills, etc.).

If you have difficulty searching for the picture you want based on a pattern, you can always use our free help in finding an image based on a pattern as previously described in this article:  How to search for the source image in a photo bank database using own sample

We hope that our assistance will be useful for you and cooperation will be pleasant.

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