A Tiff (also called Tif), is an image type. The most common format is a Jpg which is a  compressed photo. Tiff are different from Jpgs, gifs, and  png’s because they are “uncompressed”. You may consider buying a TIFF Stock Photo or Stock Vector instead of a compressed Jpg. Some Stock agencies let you buy a enhanced TIFF which is just converted from Jpg file, some other Agencies provide TIFF files together with EPS Files.

The advantages of tiffs (and PSD images) are

  • They don’t lose the photo quality is saved and edited many times.
  • You can store layers in them (so you can come back and edit them later)

The disadvantages of Tiff images are:

  • They can be extremely large (up to 4GB)
  • They load slowly (on a normal computer)
  • They commonly need special software to open and edit them.
  • Tiffs can not be used in websites and the like as they are way too big

Tiffs are mainly used by professional designers and photographers to make the final project.Once the they are finished, the tiff is then saved and exported into a more manageable format such as jpg, png, gif. Adobe Photoshop is the software most commonly used to open and work on Tiff images.

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Amos Struck

Amos Struck

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus on providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography like WordPress plugins. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.

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