Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Digital Image File Formats
From: "" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2001 23:52:19 +0100
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Henry, you are right of course. However I haven't found a work around that
offers me the flexibility of GF. I still keep all my negs, and my 'keepers'
I will hopefully rescan in the future when I get a scanner that keeps my
negs flat (currently on a ss4000). I suppose I could always save as TIFFS
and then use GF if I want bigger images. Hmmm

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Henry Ambrose" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2001 11:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Digital Image File Formats

> >Dave, I use something called Genuine Fractals. It is a Photoshop plug-in
> >that allows you to store images in a compressed form, open them at any
> >without the loss of quality that comes with upscaling in photoshop. You
> >about a 20 meg file for it to work at its best which then compresses to
> >10-15megs. Once opened you can convert the file into any format you want
> >photoshop 'save as' command. Tina manley put me on to it (thanks Tina). I
> >also use Vuescan which stops me using crazy resolutions. I normally scan
> >Vuescan using 16bit grayscale, to about 11x16 inches with a res of about
> >340/360. When I've adjusted levels/curves in PS I then convert to 8bit
> >grayscale which leaves a file of about 20meg for GF to compress. There is
> >demo at
> >
> >Julian
> With due respect:
> Long term, I think this is a bad idea.
> What if the publisher of Genuine Fractals goes out of business?
> Their little corner of the market is small compared to TIFF which is
> standard.
> Or they fail to support new operating systems?
> Sometimes I feel a little out on a limb with .psd (Photoshop native)
> Go with the most standard format you can.
> Space is not the problem it has been and the situation will only get
> better.
> Henry

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