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.TGA File Extension

File TypeTarga Graphic

DeveloperAvid Technology
3.9 (77 Votes)
CategoryRaster Image Files


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.

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Programs that open TGA files
File Viewer Plus
Apple QuickTime Player
ACD Systems Canvas X 16
ACD Systems ACDSee 20
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017
Adobe Photoshop Elements 15
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017
Corel PaintShop Pro X9
dotPDN paint.net
Apple Preview
Apple QuickTime Player
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017
Adobe Photoshop Elements 15
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017
Snap Converter
File Viewer for Android
Updated 8/18/2016

About the file extension tga

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