Why do we use tiff files

When you buy a car graphic, both personalized and ready to print, you download a zip containing the graphic stripes in .tiff format.

Working with the whole world we know that not everyone knows and uses this format, but there is nothing to worry about because even this format is normally recognized by image management and processing software.

The reason why we use this format is to prevent our graphics from being reworked without authorization, in fact the .tiff format is a single bitmap file that retains all its properties, unlike .jpg files

Both images are at 100% enlargement of a 1: 1 scale file with 150 dpi resolution. The tiff file was exported in a single LZW compressed layer. The jpg file was exported as a Standard 10 quality level format.

What is a tiff file?

Tag Image File Format, abbreviated TIFF or TIF, is an image file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and photographers.

TIFF is a flexible, adaptable file format for handling images and data within a single file.

The ability to store image data in a lossless format makes a TIFF file a useful image archive, because, unlike standard JPEG files, a TIFF file using lossless compression (or none) may be edited and re-saved without losing image quality. This is not the case when using the TIFF as a container holding compressed JPEG. 

TIFF offers the option of using LZW compression, a lossless data-compression technique for reducing a file’s size. Use of this option was limited by patents on the LZW technique until their expiration in 2004.

To conclude

It has been established that the .tiff format is as flexible as the more common .pdf format, therefore it can be managed with the same approach. If you still want to use a pdf file, the conversion must be done by the customer.

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