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Library 101: Digital Image Basics

Guide to best practices for cataloging images for research projects.

Tagged Image File Format

Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) image file format is an uncompressed image file and is a standard in the printing and publishing industry. Museums, libraries and other organizations use the tiff format to preserve the quality and condition of image files for the future. Unlike JPEG, TIFF files can have a bit depth of either 16-bits per channel or 8-bits per channel, and multiple layered images can be stored in a single TIFF file.