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Opening TIF files

Did your computer fail to open a TIF file? We explain what TIF files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your TIF files.

What is a TIF file?

TIF stands for Tagged Image File. These files are also known as TIFF files, or "Tagged Image File Format" files. The files that contain the .tif file extension contain high-quality graphic images. These files are commonly used to store color images, such as digital photographs, but the TIF file format is also used to store digital faxes and other scanned documents.

TIF files can be saved in their original, uncompressed lossless TIF format or they can be saved in the LZW file format. This format does reduce the size of the TIF file, but also results in a loss of image quality. TIF files can also be converted to the JPEG file format, which also compresses the size of the TIF file, but also has an affect to the quality of the image that the file contains.

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About File Extension TIF

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