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Difference Between TIFF and JPG

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TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) and JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) are two common file formats for images. JPG is a format that uses a lossy compression in order to maximize the use of the storage space. TIFF, on the other hand, allows users the options to save the image compressed or not. It also utilized a non lossy compression method to ensure that none of the data is lost.

The lossy nature of JPG images means that much of the original photographic data is lost once the image is saved. The excellent compression algorithms used in JPGs mean that the resulting file would be much smaller without noticing a significant level of degradation in the image. But as you edit or process the image, the data that is lost gets magnified and becomes more noticeable. Inferior images might result from JPG images that are processed extensively with photo editing software.


The TIFF format solves this problem by compressing the image in a non lossy process. This method results to a file size that is still much bigger compared to JPGs but contains all of the data for post processing. A file saved in the TIFF format can undergo multiple processing before signs of degradation appear on the image. This provides photographers with an option that lies between the very large RAW format and small sized JPGs, allowing them to store more files without data loss.

Saving in TIFF is a practice that is commonly done by photographers who still need to process their images before being printed in magazines, papers, or posted in the internet. The quality of the image is of utmost importance to them and they are willing to deal with the huge file size. JPGs are used by everybody as it provides high quality images that are ready to be printed in a small file size. Even professionals use the JPG file format when they are done processing their images and are ready to post or print. Photos for the internet are usually in JPGs since large files cause web sites to load slowly.

1. JPG images are lossy in nature while TIFFs are lossless
2. JPGs are much smaller compared to TIFFs even when compressed
3. TIFF is desired when the image still needs to undergo processing while JPG is best for final images
4. TIFF provides a compromis between RAW and JPGs
5. TIFF users are mostly professionals while common people use JPG
6. TIFFs are very rare in the internet while JPG is the norm for photos

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  1. Actually, better than TIFF are RAW formats. Those ones really keep the whole file information for editing.

    • Since TIFF is lossless, there should be no difference between TIFF and Raw in image quality. If you prefer editing in Raw you can always do a lossless convert from TIFF to Raw first and you will get the identical original Raw output. Note that in the past I have had issues with programs not working well with Raw because the image is so big, you end up with the software slowly re-paging with every small drag of the mouse. Alas I can’t afford Photoshop, so maybe it isn’t an issue with the expensive software. Don’t try Raw with MsPaint, is the point.


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