Preservation

TIFF: Tagged Image File Format

TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) is a popular format for storing raster image data and is specified in TIFF Revision 6.0 from Adobe Systems. Additional information about the TIFF file format can be found at the Sustainability of Digital Formats site at the Library of Congress.

Currently, the Photographic Imaging, Microfilm and Textual Preservation Lab is using the TIFF file format for both preservation master and most reproduction master files. The TIFF file format is a stable, well-documented, widely adopted, uncompressed file format widely used for master files in the digital imaging community.

NARA's TIFF files are identified as PUID fmt/353 in the PRONOM database.

Although TIFF is the formal full name of the file format (Tagged Image File Format), the three character file name extension is TIF. We have used the three character file name here in keeping with the way the file format is most often expressed as a file name extension.

For more technical information about TIFF files, see the Technical White Paper.

Record Type Product Category Choice of Product Type
Aerial - Film Negatives and Positives Preservation Master Aerial Photo Maximum - 6000 Line [AEF-P1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Aerial - Film Negatives and Positives Preservation Master Aerial Photo Maximum - 8000 Line [AEF-P2] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Aerial - Film Negatives and Positives Preservation Master Aerial Photo Maximum - 10000 Line [AEF-P3] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Aerial - Film Negatives and Positives Digital Reproduction Master Aerial Photo Median - 4000 Line [AEF-R1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Aerial - Prints Preservation Master Aerial Print Maximum - 4000 Line [AEP-P1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Aerial - Prints Preservation Master Aerial Print Maximum - 6000 Line [AEP-P2] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Aerial - Prints Preservation Master Aerial Print Maximum - 8000 Line [AEP-P3] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Aerial - Prints Reproduction Master Aerial Print Median - 3000 Line [AEP-R1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Objects and Artifacts Reproduction Master Artifact Median [ART-R1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Distribution Copies Standard Distribution Image [IMG-D1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group

PDF: Portable Document Format

Distribution Copies Scan on Demand [IMG-D6] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group

PDF: Portable Document Format

Still Photographs - Film Negatives and Positives Preservation Master Still Photo Maximum - 4000 Line [SPF-P1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Still Photographs - Film Negatives and Positives Preservation Master Still Photo Maximum - 6000 Line [SPF-P2] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Still Photographs - Film Negatives and Positives Preservation Master Still Photo Maximum - 8000 Line [SPF-P3] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Still Photographs - Film Negatives and Positives Reproduction Master Still Photo Median - 3000 Line [SPF-R1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Still Photographs - Prints Preservation Master Still Print Maximum - 4000 Line [SPP-P1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Still Photographs - Prints Preservation Master Still Print Maximum - 6000 Line [SPP-P2] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Still Photographs - Prints Preservation Master Still Print Maximum - 8000 Line [SPP-P3] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Still Photographs - Prints Reproduction Master Still Print Median - 3000 Line [SPP-R1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Textual, Micrographic and Cartographic Records, Posters and Illustrated Materials Preservation Master Textual Maximum - B&W [TXT-P1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Textual, Micrographic and Cartographic Records, Posters and Illustrated Materials Preservation Master Textual Maximum - Grayscale [TXT-P2] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Textual, Micrographic and Cartographic Records, Posters and Illustrated Materials Preservation Master Textual Maximum - Color [TXT-P3] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format
Textual, Micrographic and Cartographic Records, Posters and Illustrated Materials Reproduction Master Textual Median - B&W [TXT-R1] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group
Textual, Micrographic and Cartographic Records, Posters and Illustrated Materials Reproduction Master Textual Median - Grayscale [TXT-R2] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group
Textual, Micrographic and Cartographic Records, Posters and Illustrated Materials Reproduction Master Textual Median - Color [TXT-R3] TIFF: Tagged Image File Format

JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group

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