What are .TIFF images and what are their advantages?

digital photo formats

When using digital photos, in addition to common photo formats such as .jpg or .gif, you may have come across image files in .TIFF format. You may not know what this type of format refers to or what its main characteristics are, so we will explain it to you in the following article.

The TIFF format is not recommended, due to its weight, for use in web pages.

The abbreviations of the TIFF format refer to. Tagged Image File Format in English. This is a bitmap image file format that is widely used in the printing and publishing industry.

Its main advantage is that it involves no loss of quality when saving or editing the image. This makes it a file type widely used in professional fields, in printing, reprographic services, publishing… In addition, it is commonly used by photographers, graphic designers and illustrators, although it can also be used for personal use.

It is an open file format that can store images of a wide variety of sizes and types, including color, black and white and grayscale. In addition, TIFF can also store metadata information, such as the author, title and date of the image.

Comparison with other formats

Note, however, that although TIFF files are compatible with a wide variety of software and hardware, their size may be larger than other formats (precisely because they do not lose quality). This can make it difficult to send them by e-mail or to use them on web pages. It should be noted that TIFF is not a compression format, which can slow down the opening of images.

In general, TIFF is a versatile and high quality file format that is a good choice for a wide variety of purposes, although for web pages, for example, it is recommended to use other formats such as WEBP or JPEG, which is a lossy file format, meaning that it loses some quality when saving the image, but the resulting files are usually smaller.

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