What are TIFF files?
TIFF, or Tagged Image File Format, is a graphics container used to store high quality data. It is used for editing and printing photographs and scanning high-resolution images or documents.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the TIFF format?
The TIFF format is a multimedia standard in the current world of digital content. And it shows the following advantages and disadvantages:
- It supports grayscale, RGB, CMYK and LAB color space.
- It has a color depth of 16 bits per color channel.
- Its compression is lossy or lossless, i.e., it preserves the detail and color of the original image.
- They are universal and independent, they can be opened with several image editors such as CorelDRAW, Adobe Photoshop and Apple Preview. Also web browsers such as Chrome and Android and iOS devices.
- Can store multiple smaller JPEG files as a master raster graphic.
- Its size can be very large due to the high quality at which it stores information making it difficult to send.
- Highly detailed images can slow down the loading speed of a web site.
- For some users it can be more complex to work with and edit.
- It is limited to a maximum of 4 GB per file.
TIFF Format FAQs
Is TIFF or PNG better quality?
Both are excellent choices for displaying images with high detail. However, TIFF is more suitable for printing and scanning photographs, while PNGs are more commonly used on websites because of their small size.
Is TIFF a web or print?
While TIFF can be supported by many websites, this file type is better for printing.
Which is better: TIFF or JPEG?
When it comes to editing it is better to save files in TIFF if you do not want to lose quality and color when editing and saving repeatedly. Although JPEG is smaller in size, a considerable amount of information and quality is lost each time it is saved.
Is TIFF still used?
TIFF is one of the popular formats for photography and printing, it is also mostly used in GIS (Geographic Information System) for its ability to embed spatial data in bitmaps.