What are the best times to use TIFF? When wouldn’t you?

TIFF general info

  1. TIFF is primarily used in press
  2. It’s perfectly natural for a TIFF file to save image data in CMYK colour space which is used in press
  3. TIFF can also compress image data but uses such an algorithm that doesn’t change source data (lossless compression)
  4. TIFF format also supports alpha channel (transparency) which is also relevant in press
  5. If you’d be opening and saving the same TIFF file, you’ll end up with exactly the same image as source. Nothing would change in terms of image data.

TIFF is good for any type of bitmap (pixel-based) images. 

THE BEST TIME TO USE TIFF IS TO PRINT

If you want your images to stay as true to original as possible I’d rather go with TIFF format (with compression) because I can later open it, manipulate it etc and not taking the risk that resulting image (once again saved) would become useless with each save.

With this, no quality is lost.

HOWEVER, you use PSD when you need to preserve :

  • layers
  • layer style
  • clipping paths
  • transparency
  • adjustment layers
  • masks
  • shapes
  • blending modes
  • vector text

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDpH0DjorhU

sources:

http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/graphicformats/f/summary.htm

http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/10895/should-i-use-jpg-or-tiff-for-high-quality-prints

http://www.smartimage.com/whats-the-difference-between-gif-png-jpeg-and-tiff/

http://photo.net/learn/raw/

 

 

By Evelyn Fenick

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