.RIF File Extension

Painter Raster Image

Developer Corel
3.3  |  11 Votes
Category Raster Image Files
Format Binary

What is a RIF file?

An RIF file is a raster image created by Corel Painter (formerly MetaCreations Painter), a program used for digital painting. It contains an image that may include brushstrokes, pencil sketches, image hose graphics, and various other painted elements. RIF files may also be seen with the less common .RIFF file extension.

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Screenshot of a .rif file in Corel Painter 2022
RIF file open in Corel Painter 2022

Casual and professional artists use Corel Painter to create digital paintings. The program includes several different types of brushes, canvases, and drawing tools, and it also integrates with pen displays and drawing tablets for freehand drawing.

Painter primarily saves users' drawing and image editing projects as RIF files. RIF files retain all project information, which typically makes them larger than standard raster image formats, such as .GIF or .JPG files. Also, RIF files are saved separate from the canvas, which allows artists to experiment with different canvas textures later.

How to open a RIF file

You can open a RIF file in Corel Painter (Windows, Mac). To do so, select File → Open... from the program's menu bar. Then, navigate to and open your RIF file.

How do I convert a RIF file to other image formats?

After you open a RIF file in Corel Painter, you can save the image your file contains as a JPG, GIF, .PNG, .TIFF, .PSD, .TGA, .BMP, .PCX, or .EPS file. To do so, select File → Save As... from Painter's menu bar. When the Save Image As window appears, select your desired image format from the Save as type dropdown menu and then save your file.

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Programs that open or reference RIF files

Updated December 10, 2021

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