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.TGA File Extension

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File TypeTarga Graphic

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CategoryRaster Image Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a TGA file?

A TGA file is a file saved in the raster graphic format designed by Truevision. It supports 8, 16, 24, or 32 bits per pixel at a maximum of 24 bits for RGB colors and and 8-bit alpha channel. TGA files are often used to store texture files referenced by 3D video games.

More Information

In 1989, Truevision introduced new extensions to the Targa format to meet the needs of graphics professionals. Examples of the extra extensions include:

  • Date and time the file was created
  • Author name and comments
  • Alpha channel type
  • Pixel aspect ratio
  • Gamma value
  • A scaled-down postage stamp copy of the image (a "thumbnail" image)
The Targa format, which stands for Truevision Advanced Raster Graphics Adapter, was designed by Truevision (now Pinnacle Systems) in 1984 for use with its first video software programs.

Programs that open TGA files
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Apple QuickTime Player
ACD Systems Canvas X 16
ACD Systems ACDSee 18
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
Corel PaintShop Pro X9
dotPDN paint.net
GIMP
Mac
Apple Preview
Apple QuickTime Player
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
Snap Converter
GIMP
Linux
GIMP
Android
File Viewer for Android
Updated 8/18/2016

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