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Tony West
jpeg image quality
on Aug 12, 2010 at 9:31:22 pm

I saved a PSD as a jpeg and chose to give its image quality a 12. My boss said that I didn't have to give it a 12. My question is, why wouldn't you always save it at the highest quality?


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Micah McDowell
Re: jpeg image quality
on Aug 12, 2010 at 9:46:16 pm

Depends on your use/destination for the file.

Generally, the higher number is better, obviously. Whenever I'm saving as a JPEG for my own use locally, it's gonna be set at 12. But for web use, you almost always want to compress the file much smaller than that to reduce loading time. However, I'd use the File>Save for Web option as it gives you much more control. The only time I use the standard JPEG file dialog with anything lower than 12 is if I'm in a hurry and just need to save a comp image to email someone, for example. Also, Save For Web doesn't get along with really large dimensioned files that well.


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