Tagged Image File Format .TIF File Description

The tagged image file format .TIF or .TIFF is a file format for storing images, including photographs and line art. The TIFF format is widely supported by a variety of applications.

Grapher can import and export .TIF and .TIFF files.

The TIFF specification allows an unusually wide variety of different formats and encodings within the same file format. While the filter can read most of the common variants of TIFF, it would be impractical to develop software to read every possible variant. The TIFF filter supports a wide variety of TIFF files that use the PlanarConfiguration 2 encodings and also supports the encoding described in Adobe Photoshop TIFF Technical Note 3.

The TIFF filter supports importing BigTIFF format files. BigTIFF is an variant of the TIFF file format that can be used to save TIFF files larger than 2GB.

TIFF images that contain bit per pixel counts other than 1, 4, 8, 16, 24, or 32 may not be readable depending on the encoding and alignment of the data.

TIFF images that are encoded with photometric interpretation models other than RGB, grayscale, or monochrome may not be readable. In particular, some YUV encodings cannot be imported.

Some of the compression algorithms allowable under the TIFF specification are not supported by Grapher.

TIFF raster data files can be imported and displayed as images in Grapher or used as data files for contour and surface maps.

Import Options

No import options dialog is displayed when importing the TIFF file as an image.

When opening a TIFF file as a grid with the Open Grid dialog or when importing a raster data TIFF as an image, the TIFF Import Options dialog is displayed.

Import Automation Options

See Bitmap Import Automation Options when importing a TIFF as an image.

See TIF Tagged Image File Import Automation Options when importing the TIFF as a grid file.

Export Options

See Size and Color and TIFF Export Options

Export Automation Options

See Bitmap Export Automation Options

See Also

Tagged Image File Format .TIF Export Options Dialog

Tagged Image File Format .TIF Export Automation Options

Image (Bitmap) Import Automation Options

File Format Chart