My question is similar to the original poster's question, except for that I'm trying to understand what size to save a photo in if you're uploading it as a high resolution photo for print. Would you still save it on the low-end resolution as "8" in Photoshop or up it to the highest resolution as "12"?

  • Welcome to Photo.SE. You refer to "the original poster's question" which doesn't make sense here. It would help if you could indicate "where" you're thinking of selling your image. I assume your reference to "8" or "12" is to JPEG compression. Output settings in Photoshop would really depend on where you are getting it printed; your print shop should be able to provide advice. In terms of storing the original photo, shooting raw would be best; if not, then saving your image in a lossless format (e.g. TIFF) would be good. – Conor Boyd Jul 11 '16 at 22:34
  • See also: Why does JPEG quality go up to twelve? – dpollitt Jul 12 '16 at 2:11

Always use the highest (native) resolution on your camera, and after editing keep the photo at its native original resolution.

You do not need to, and should not, reduce the resolution simply because you plan to sell the image in future. Most people who buy the image would want it in its original resolution, and if they don't, they can do the resizing themselves.

Only when you are told you need to reduce the image to a specific resolution for a specific purpose should you create a separate copy of the image in that resolution.

As for file format, firstly, always keep the source image, as it came from your camera, unmodified. That way if you screw up you have something to go back to. When storing an image for your own use and editing, use a lossless format - it might be a good idea to use the native format of your editing software, eg PSD for photoshop. When delivering the image to someone they may specify which format they like, or you can use JPEG with a high quality setting. For long term archival use something lossless but well-established like TIFF, though PSD is established enough to be supported for a long time too.

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Generally, save always the best possible resolution, and prefer always a lossless format.

Once data is lost, it is lost, and cannot be gained back. Don't skimp on some megabytes, unless you are forced to by the print provider.

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