.TIFF File Extension

Tagged Image File Format

Developer Adobe Systems
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Category Raster Image Files
Format Text 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.

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Screenshot of a .tiff file in Microsoft Photos 2020
TIFF file open in Microsoft Photos 2020

Aldus Corporation released the TIFF format 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, graphic designers and professional printers typically save digital photos and graphics in the TIFF format for editing and printing purposes. They may save the images as TIFF or .TIF files.

NOTE: Aldus Corporation merged with Adobe Systems in 1994.

How to open a TIFF file

You can open TIFF files with various image editors since the TIFF format is quite common. Some options include Microsoft Photos (Windows), CorelDRAW Graphics Suite (Windows and macOS), Adobe Photoshop (Windows and macOS), and Apple Preview (bundled with macOS).

NOTE: You can also open TIFF files with Google Photos in a web browser, Chrome OS, and Android and iOS devices.

How to convert a TIFF file

Various image viewers and editors, including Microsoft Photos, Apple Preview, and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, can convert TIFF files to other image formats.

For example, Microsoft Photos can convert TIFF files to the following formats:

  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .JXR - JPEG XR Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .BMP - Bitmap Image
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Updated April 6, 2022

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