A Tagged Image File Format, or TIFF, file is a diverse and versatileÂ format used to store and interchange raster graphics images. A TIFF file is identified using a .tiff or .tif file extension.
TIFF files are larger compared to JPEG files, and can be compressed and decompressed using lossless data compression. Most operating systems have built-in image viewers that are capable of opening TIFF files. The files can also be opened using third-party graphics editing tools like Adobe Photoshop. The TIFF format is widely used in medical imaging programs, 3-D applications, faxing and the publishing industry. It was released in 1986 by the Aldus Corporation, which is now part of Adobe.