How to convert a PDF to a TIFF file, step-by-step.

A person uses a laptop to convert a PDF to a TIFF.

Whether it’s to keep your files in order or for a specific project, you can use Adobe Acrobat online services to easily convert a PDF to a TIFF.

What is a TIFF file?

TIFF stands for Tag Image File Format. Aldus Corporation developed the TIFF in the 1980s as a standardized image format for scanned documents, and Adobe now holds the copyright.

A TIFF can preserve multiple pages and images in a single file, so it’s ideal for saving high-quality, detailed images. It’s not the smallest option for file compression, but it is lossless. A TIFF is best used for high-quality photographs and high-resolution scans. It can also be used as a container for smaller JPEGs.

Convert PDFs to TIFF files in 4 steps

Follow these few easy steps to get started:

  1. To start, go to the conversion page and click Select A File or drag and drop your PDF into the drop zone.
  2. From the dropdown menu, you can choose a JPG, PNG, or TIFF file.
  3. For this project, choose TIFF and click the Convert To TIFF button.
  4. Sign in to a service — such as Apple, Google, or Adobe — and download the TIFF or share it with others via a link or email.

Now that your PDF behaves just like a TIFF, and you can save it in your files or use it to advance a project forward. With Acrobat online services, you can also convert PDFs to the following formats:

Why convert a PDF to a TIFF file?

It’s easier to edit images in TIFF files than a PDF, and it’s a great way to retain detailed image data. If you’re using online imagery for desktop publishing, the TIFF will provide higher quality images.

Perhaps you’re working on a magazine cover in Photoshop and you need to place text over an image that you have in a PDF. To get that image from the PDF, you’ll need to convert that PDF into a TIFF file with the easy-to-use tools found at Adobe Acrobat online.

To discover even more conversion capabilities, explore everything you can do with Acrobat.