PhotoShelter supports all major image formats including JPG, TIFF, RAW, PSD, DNG, and PDF. When you upload images into your PhotoShelter Image Browser, you are essentially placing them in your own geographically redundant archive. This means you'll have direct access to them any place, any time (as long as you have an internet connection). We recommend always uploading your highest quality images so you can rest assured they're safe and secure.
- The most common file format stored in PhotoShelter is JPG. The relatively small file size (compared to TIF or RAW) makes it ideal for online storage, and most clients expect JPG files.
- Like JPG files, TIFF files are easy to store. However, they are uncompressed files so they require more bandwidth during upload and storage space.
- You can store RAW files, but remember that RAW is an unprocessed format and we are not guaranteed to convert it correctly. The colors will be off. They are fine for archival, but they are not ideal for printing or delivery. PhotoShelter uses the camera's generic profile as a reference to convert it to sRGB to display on your website. PhotoShelter does not associate files together that have the same name but different extensions.
- Like RAW files, PSD files are uncompressed. They are ideal for archival purposes, but not ideal for printing and delivery.
- Like RAW files, there are complications with delivery. If you deliver them in JPG format, however, the files will be converted and delivered without any edits you may have made as this is not possible in our present conversion process. We recommend using DNGs strictly for archival.
- When displaying within a public gallery, keep in mind that only the first page of a multi-page pdf will be viewable in the image preview. If downloaded, however, all pages will be intact.
- At this time, we do not support the hosting of video files, but it is possible to embed video that is hosted on another site, such as Vimeo; if you're using our Beam platform, you can learn more here. If you're using our Classic Websites platform, simply copy and paste the embed codes into any page of your website that supports the embedding of HTML.
Size & Resolution
We recommend that you upload your highest quality images to your Image Browser. PhotoShelter automatically handles the resizing of images and gives you the ability to offer different sizes to your clients. Having the original file size simplifies print and digital sales because it doesn't require you to re-upload an image. However, if you choose to upload low-res images for efficiency, you may always replace them later, either at the point of sale or via the Web Uploader.
It should be noted that we never alter the original image uploaded to PhotoShelter; we will only apply adjustments to the screen-resolution versions and generate conversions on the fly.
Images for display on the website are converted to sRGB. If the image is untagged, it will be tagged as sRGB for display. We use sRGB for maximum browser compatibility because it is a W3C standard. Images exported for printing will also be converted to sRGB. Keep in mind that we retain the original file which is an exact copy with the original profile intact.