What does it mean? Basic picture file format for printed work.
Stands for: Tagged Image File Format
Lowest common denominator picture file format: .tif files can be compressed without losing image detail (“lossless compression”). This is achieved applying data compression algorithms to the file contents – image editing software manages this operation automatically when opening or saving the file.
PCs and Macs write and read .tif files in opposite directions: in practice a Mac will open and read a .tif file regardless of whether it was originated on a PC or a Mac (and can save for either platform); while a PC may refuse to open a Mac formatted .tif file unless it is running an industrial-weight image editor, like Adobe Photoshop
Good to know:
- Supports RGB and CMYK colour spaces
- Supports lossless file compression
- Does not support transparency (rubbish for cutouts)