TGA File Extension

Have a problem opening a .TGA file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what TGA files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .TGA file type?

The .tga filename extension belongs to the Truevision Graphics Adapter (TGA) graphical image format, and the respective .tga file type. TGA is also known as TARGA (Truevision Advanced Raster Graphics Adapter). Initially developed for Truevision high-end graphics boards, TGA now has a strong presence in computer game development, video production, and animation.

TGA is an RGB bitmap format with the color depth of up to 32 bits per pixel (24-bit RGB data plus 8-bit alpha-channel transparency). TGA supports color mapping and metadata. Bitmap data inside TGA files can be compressed with the RLE (Run-Length Encoding) algorithm.

Besides being one of the choice formats for bitmap textures used by major game developers (Valve, etc.), TGA is also often used to save screenshots (.tga) in various popular games, e.g.: Warcraft III, World of Warcraft, etc.

A .tga file is a TGA bitmap graphical image. TGA images can be opened and viewed with a number of multi-format image viewing tools, as well as edited with bitmap image editors. There are also multiple converters, enabling conversion of TGA images into other bitmap formats.

Software to open or convert TGA files

You can open TGA files with the following programs:
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop CC by Adobe Systems Incorporated by dotPDN LLC
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 by Adobe Systems Incorporated

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