A file with the TIF or TIFF extension is a tagged image file. This file type is used for high quality raster type graphics. The format supports lossless compression, in which image data is not lost during the compression process. This allows graphic artists and photographers to archive their high-quality photographs in a manageable amount of memory without sacrificing quality.
TIFF and TIF can be used interchangeably. TIFF is the abbreviation for tagged image file format. GeoTIFF image files also use the TIF file extension. These are image files that store GPS coordinates in the form of metadata along with the file using the extensible functions of the TIFF format.
Opening a tiff file
To view the TIFF file, you can use the Windows Photo Viewer application or the Photos application included with Windows. However, these applications do not provide tools for editing these files. On a Mac, «Preview» application can open TIFF files.
Third-party applications for viewing and editing TIFF files are also available, especially in the case of multi-page TIFF files. Popular applications include GraphicConverter, ACDSee, ColorStrokes, and XnView.
Editing TIFF Files
One way to edit a TIFF file is to use one of the conversion tools below. You do not need to install a full-fledged photo editing program that specifically supports the TIFF format.
If you want to save the TIFF format and edit it, you can use the free GIMP photo editing program. Some other popular photo and graphic tools can also work with TIFF files, such as Adobe Photoshop, but they are not available for free.
If you are working with a GeoTIFF image file, you can open the file with a program such as Geosoft Oasis montaj, ESRI ArcGIS Desktop, or GDAL.
How to convert a tiff file
If your computer has an image editor or viewer that supports TIFF files, you can open the file in this program and then save the TIFF file in a different image format, such as JPG.
There are online file converters, as well as free image conversion programs that you can use. In some cases, free online document converters can also convert a TIFF file.
For example, CoolUtils and AnyConv are two free online TIFF converters that can save TIFF files in the format of JPG, GIF, PNG, ICO, TGA and even PDF. GeoTIFF image files can usually be converted in the same way as a regular TIF / TIFF file.
When converting a GeoTIFF image file, GPS metadata may be lost.
Additional TIF / TIFF Information
The TIFF format was developed by Aldus Corporation for desktop publishing. Version 1 of the standard was released in 1986. TIFF became an international standard in 1993. Adobenowownsthecopyrightforthe TIF format.