File Sizes

High-resolution files are 300 pixels per inch and range in size from 9MB to 70MB RGB. The majority of the high res files are around 35MB. This provides a size large enough for high quality print reproduction on a full page size. The size of the files were determined by both the size of the original image and the amount of detail. Images that are more richly detailed are provided in the largest file sizes. For specific file size ranges, see the "Info" page for each collection or the "Collections Summary" page that is listed below. For many images, Visual Language has archived a file size even larger than that saved on the CD. If you need an image in a very large file size, you may purchase it online as a single image download. This service is available on the web at (Most of the illustrations are available at PunchStock from 65-110MB RGB sizes)
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Medium-resolution files are between 50% and 60% of the size of the high res files. They are 300 pixels per inch and range in size from 8MB to 12MB RGB. They are suitable for high quality print reproduction at their full size (for less than a full page size).

Low-resolution files are are 72 pixels per inch and are approximately 1.5MB RGB TIFF. These are ideal for screen preview, multimedia presentations and "for position only" placement in layouts.

Clipping Paths!
A clipping path is an outline around an image that allows you to mask the image and separate it from its background. This special feature is useful for dropping images onto white space or in assembling collages. A clipping path will render the smoothest possible edge around the image, constrained only by the resolution of your output device. Many of the images in the Visual Language Library include custom hand-edited paths embedded into the JPEG image files. These can be accessed by opening the image in Adobe Photoshop®. To determine which collections have images with clipping paths, see the "Info" page for each collection or the "Collections Summary" page that is listed below.
Software Compatibility
Visual Language images are compatible with all leading photo manipulation, desktop publishing, multimedia and web authoring applications. Any application that allows the import of TIFF and/or JPEG files is compatible with the images. Some popular examples include: Adobe Photoshop, CorelDRAW, Adobe InDesign, Adobe ImageReady, QuarkXPress, etc.
Why RGB?
It is our aim to provide images that are as versatile as possible, without compromising quality, for the end user. RGB is the original color space and contains the widest possible dynamic range and color gamut. RGB is useful for multimedia, monitor display and film recorders. Traditional full color print reproduction uses CMYK. However, it is not possible to optimize a CMYK image for every possible set of press conditions. Variables that should be taken into consideration are paper stock, type of inks used, desired effect, the film or digital output device, etc. These decisions we felt are best left to you, the creative professional.
About Compression
On our collections with very large file sizes and/or over 50 images, the highest quality JPEG compression is used very discretely, in a way that does not visibly erode the quality of the final images. We can allow this only if JPEG is used only once, at the final stage. We recommend that the end user never resave the image in the JPEG format after working in it if it is to be used in a high quality print reproduction.
Macintosh and Windows® Compatible
All of our image collection products are multi-platform, giving you the ability to use the same CD ROM disc on either or both a Macintosh or IBM PC compatible computer system.

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