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  • #3615

    GrafixFilter
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    I’m using Photoshop to save my painting in JPG format by using the “Save As…” dialog (as opposed to save for web). Towards the end, I get the option to choose from three file formats, and I’m wondering what the difference between these is? The options are:

    • baseline standard
    • optimized
    • progressive

    I think progressive is the one used for web, but I’m not certain. I’m simply trying to save the file in the highest quality possible.

  • #4744

    Alex Schenker
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    Since you’re shooting for the highest image quality possible, I would choose baseline standard. This will make the least amount of changes to your image. Optimized compresses the image to save space, and progressive loads the image one line at a time, as opposed to loading the entire image at once.

  • #4745

    GrafixFilter
    Participant

    Sounds good, I’ll choose baseline standard. Thanks!

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