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Images Online is a completely digital service, supplying digital images of the highest quality for reproduction and display. Our team of imaging technicians ensure that the highest standards are maintained from image to image, working in a fully colour managed environment.


Once your online purchase has been confirmed you can immediately download a JPEG copy of your image. Compression is kept to a minimum for maximum quality whilst providing an easliy managable file size for download.


All our images available for download are saved with the following specifications:

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  Images Online image specification (downloads)

  Jpeg Compression:


  Colour Mode:


  Pixel Depth:

  8 bits per channel


  300 PPI (Pixels Per Inch)(min)

  ICC Colour Profile:

  Adobe RGB (1998)

In addition, every digital image supplied through Images Online contains IPTC metadata for credit and copyright alongside subject information, including British Library shelfmarks, where relevant.


If you need your image files delivered in TIFF format, we can prepare them to your specifications and deliver them on DVD/CD or for more urgent orders via FTP. Contact us either by phone, fax, post or email to make arrangements for alternative delivery.


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