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What Is a TIFF File, Everything You Need to Know About TIFF Files

What is a TIFF file? What is a tiff file used for? How to open a TIFF file? This page covers everything you need to know about the TIFF file format. Besides, you can also learn how to recover corrupted TIFF files with an advanced file recovery tool.

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Table of Contents

You are going to learn:

  1. What Is a TIFF File
  2. What Is a TIFF File Used For
  3. How to Open TIFF Files (2 Ways)
  4. Recover Deleted/Lost TIFF Files
  5. Hot Topics About TIFF Files

What Is a TIFF File 

TIFF, Tag Image File Format, is one of the commonly used bitmap formats in graphics image processing, and its image format is very complicated. The data format is a three-level architecture. The internal structure of TIFF can be divided into three parts, namely: file header information area, identification information area, and image data area. All the tags are arranged in ascending order, and the tag information is used to process the image information in the file.

what is a tiff file

TIFF files features:

  • TIFF can describe multiple types of images.
  • TIFF has a series of compression schemes to choose from.
  • TIFF does not depend on specific hardware.
  • TIFF is a portable file format.

What Is a TIFF File Used For

Because TIFF files store image information flexibly, can support many color systems, and are independent of operating systems, they have been widely used. TIFF format has been widely supported in Adobe Photoshop, The GIMP Team's GIMP, Ulead PhotoImpact, and Paint Shop Pro, and other image processing applications.

In addition, desktop printing and page layout applications such as QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign and scanning, faxing, and word processing applications all support TIFF format.

How to Open TIFF Files with Windows Photo Viewer and Photoshop

Need to open a TIFF file? It's easy to do. TIFF files can be opened with most image viewers and image processing software, including those that come with the latest operating systems on Windows or Mac.

1. Open a TIFF File on Windows 10 with Windows Photo Viewer

Step 1. Right-click on a .tiff image and select "Open with".

Step 2. Select Windows Photo Viewer from the drop-down menu.

open tiff with windows photo viewer

Step 3. If you can't find Windows Photo Viewer, go to C:/Program Files/Windows Photo Viewer and select "PhotoViewer.dll". Click "Open" and "OK".

open a tiff file

2. Open a TIFF File with Adobe Photoshop

Step 1. Launch the Adobe Photoshop CS6 or other versions. Click "File > Open".

open a tiff file in PS

Step 2. Navigate to your computer and find the .tiff file. Click "Open" and it will display in PS.

open a tiff file in Photoshop

How to Recover Deleted/Lost TIFF Files on Windows 10 and Mac

The TIFF file is very popular and you will inevitably encounter the problem of picture loss when using it. You may lose the TIFF files because of accidental deletion, hard drive or USB flash drive formatting, OS crash, etc.

You can use a professional TIFF file recovery software to get it back no matter what reason you lose a TIFF file. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard enables you to restore deleted or recover permanently deleted files with simple clicks.

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Recover Deleted TIFF Files on Windows 10

Step 1. Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Find your SD card, camera, or hard drive partition where you deleted or lost pictures, then click "Scan".

select a location and scan for lost pictures

Step 2. After the scanning finishes, choose "Pictures" in the left panel to quickly filter photos. 

filter the lost photos

Step 3. You can preview the pictures you want to recover. Then, click "Recover" and choose another location to save the recovered data.

Recover lost photos

How to Restore Lost TIFF Files on Mac

Free download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to retrieve lost TIFF images in the following steps.

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Step 1. Select the location where your valuable photos were lost and click Scan button.

select the location where photos lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will start immediately a quick scan as well as a deep scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane.

scan the selected drive to find lost photos

Step 3. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the photos you've lost earlier. Select the target files and click Recover button to get them back at once.

click recover now to recover lost photos on your Mac

More Hot Topics About TIFF Files

Many users are also interested in the following information about TIFF files. Check out if you have similar questions.  

What is the difference between a JPEG and TIFF?

The differences between TIFF format and JPEG format are:

Different compression methods

Tiff uses LZW lossless compression or uncompressed method to save images. The advantage is that it can save all the details in the image, but the disadvantage is that the TIFF format occupies much more space than JPEG, and a high-resolution photo can take up more than 10 megabytes.

JPEG uses a lossy compression format. The advantage is that its compression rate is quite high, but the disadvantage is that some of the details of the image stored in the JPEG format will be lost.

Take up different space

The compression rate of JPEG is very high, and some details will be lost when storing the image, so it takes up very little space, but TIFF can save all the details in the image, so it takes up a relatively large space.

The application scope of image files is different

If the image file needs to be printed, it is recommended to save it in tiff format; but if it is just for general file saving or online communication, then the JPEG format is sufficient.

Which is better JPEG or TIFF?

Both formats have advantages and disadvantages. You can carefully read the differences between the two formats above and choose a file format that suits your actual needs. 

How to convert TIFF files?

If you want to convert TIFF files to JPEG, PNG, PDF, or other file formats, you can search for a free online TIFF converter to make it. There will be many results of the TIFF file converter.

But when choosing an online TIFF converting tool, you need to pay attention to network security and data privacy issues.

Concluding Words

This page covers all the crucial information about TIFF files. Now, you must know what is a TIFF file, what is a TIFF file used for, and how to open it.

What's more, we also show you how to recover a deleted or lost TIFF file on Windows and Mac computers with EaseUS data recovery software, which is good at data recovery and can repair corrupted files efficiently, like repair corrupted JPEG photos.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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