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.TIFF File Extension

File TypeTagged Image File Format

DeveloperAdobe Systems
3.7 (168 Votes)
CategoryRaster Image Files
FormatText and Binary

What is a TIFF file?

A TIFF file is a graphics container that stores raster images in the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). It contains high-quality graphics that support color depths from 1 to 24-bit and supports both lossy and lossless compression. TIFF files also support multiple layers and pages.

More Information

The TIFF format was released in the mid-1980s to be a standard image format for saving high-quality color images on multiple computer platforms. Although it was widely adopted, the JPEG format surpassed it over the years because it was more efficient and web-friendly. Now, the TIFF format is typically used to store photos for editing and printing purposes. TIFF files are also commonly seen with the .TIF extension.

NOTE: The TIFF format was originally developed by Aldus, who merged with Adobe Systems in 1994.

How do I open a TIFF file?

Since the TIFF format is quite common, most image viewing and editing applications can open TIFF files. Windows users can use Windows Photos to quickly view TIFF images, while Mac users can use Apple Preview to view them.

Open and view .TIFF files with File Viewer Plus.

Programs that open TIFF files

Updated 1/19/2021

About TIFF Files

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