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)

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