Opening TIFF files

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

What is the .TIFF file type?

The .tiff extension stands for the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), denoting the respective file type (.tiff). The .tiff extension is equivalent to .tif, the latter complying with the legacy 8.3 file-naming convention.

Introduced in 1986 by Aldus (later merged with Adobe Systems), TIFF is a standard, platform-independent format for storing high-resolution and high-color-depth (up to 64 bits per channel) bitmap images. TIFF supports alpha-channel transparency, floating-point images, multiple data compression algorithms (LZW, RLE, etc.) and color space models (RGB/A, CMYK, grayscale, etc.). TIFF mainly relies on lossless compression and supports multiple images per file.

A .tiff file is a TIFF bitmap image. It is a binary file, consisting of several sections (chunks) delimited by tags. TIFF files are widely used in OCR (Optical Character Recognition), desktop publishing, image manipulation, and other areas.

TIFF images (.tiff, .tif) can be opened, viewed, and edited with a large number of tools, from all-purpose viewers to powerful imaging studios, as well as converted into a range of other bitmap formats, like JPEG, BMP, PNG, etc.

Software to open or convert TIFF files

You can open TIFF files with the following programs:
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop CC by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 by Adobe Systems Incorporated
IrfanView by Irfan Skiljan

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