(Sorry I just realised I sent this directly to you by accident here is a resend to the list.)
You should really do work in "xcf" which is Gimp's native image format. (you can also save a full copy of your work in xcf and go for a walk or something then reload and continue from where you left off). When you have finished the image you can then save it in any image format you want that is supported by the Gimp (and there are many). Probably jpg is the most favoured, png is lossless and supports transparency. Depending on your work you may want to use gif. There are many other's to choose from.

Regards Pete

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 00:03:49 -0400
Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] Pngs, jpgs, tifs, etc.,

this is probably going to sound like a really weird solution to a problem but it has worked for me over the years.  i often wander off the beaten path though so that tendency may work for someone else too.  if i have an image that isn't working in the computer, i make the best possible print i can of it.  then i may go into that print with other (live) media and punch it up that way.  then i scan the print into the computer and make a new image from the scan in a file format i like and with a resolution that is better than what i had.  then i use the image program to adjust the image until it takes shape as something i want to keep.  usually there is a good chunk of the original image which still remains so all has not been lost.

i am simply not used to using the native format of the GIMP program.  for awhile i used to use the native format for photoshop, which was psd.  then i discovered that a whole bunch of other programs i had would not show a thumbnail of a psd.  yet they would all show it of a tif.  (this was while i was using windows as my OS)  so i started using tif and was happy with using it.  there is some relief in knowing that every single program you have on your computer will be able to show the image in the tif format.  this is also true of the jpg, the png and the gif.


On 10/24/07, Chris Mohler <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
On 10/24/07, carol irvin <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> i too have found myself using pngs a lot more than jpgs and for the same
> reason. the image came in as
> a jpg though, i went ahead and worked with it as a jpg.  however, i too
> would have preferred tackling
> it as a png file.  my absolute first choice would be a tif but it was given
> in the problem that a tif was out.

In this case - the "problem JPEG" - re-saving as JPEG would only
produce more of the same artifacts that were causing grief to the

As a designer I frequently deal with this scenario: "Hi, we need X
printed on Y and it needs to be Z feet tall.  All I have is this
(crappy) JPEG (or fax, doc, ppt, etc)". I try this:

1. is it a corporation?  is the logo on brandsoftheworld.com ?
2. do they have vector artwork on their web page (hidden in a PDF, etc)?
3. is it just a font?  can "what the font" figure it out?
4. can I salvage it in GIMP (or PS) or Inkscape?
5. redo it :(

Regardless of the solution, the format chosen to save my work in is up
to me - just because I was _given_ a JPEG, there's no reason for me to
_save_ it as JPEG later.

Sorry, this turned into a bit of a rant....  I guess all I was trying
to say is that you're not locked into saving as a JPEG just because
that's all the client has to offer :)

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