TIFF - Tagged Image File Format

The Tagged Image File Format (TIFF or TIF) was developed for the lossless storage of raster graphics. It also supports the CMYK color model with up to 32-bit color depth, as well as transparency and alpha channels. The format originated in 1986, and the current version 6.0 dates back to 1992, making it a rather old graphic format. Nevertheless, or perhaps because of that, it is widely used in prepress and printing. This is because the format is excellent for printing raster graphics, and the relatively high data requirements for lossless storage are no longer a significant concern compared to the early 1990s. Furthermore, TIFF files are resistant to malware, thanks to a security concept, and manipulated files will not open, for instance in Adobe Photoshop.