.RIF File Extension
File TypePainter Raster Image File
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.
Corel Painter is used by both casual and professional artists to create digital paintings. The program includes several different types of brushes, canvases, and drawing tools and also integrates with pen displays and drawing tablets for freehand drawing.
The RIF file is the primary file type used by Painter to store the images created in Painter. 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 enables the painter to experiment with different canvas textures later.