JPEG vs. TIFF.
If you aren’t sure about the best format for storing digital photos, you might be wondering whether you should go with JPEG or TIFF. Both formats are popular, but which one to choose depends on what you plan to do with your images. Learn more about the two file formats and which one is right for your photos.
What is a JPEG file?
A JPEG is the industry standard for digital image storage. As a raster image file, a JPEG shops compressed picture data such as colour in a series of pixels. JPEG or Joint Photographic Experts Group, is recognisable from the .jpg or .jpeg file extension.
What is a TIFF file?
TIFF files store much more image data than their JPEG counterparts. This makes them a favourite with photographers due to their stunning image quality. However, the higher resolution requires much larger file sizes — meaning they can be awkward to use and more difficult to store.
Also known as Tag Image File Format, these large data files have the extension .tiff.
What is the difference between JPEG and TIFF files?
There are several important differences to know about between JPEG and TIFF files. Where or even if, you use them will depend on your workstreams and requirements. The main difference is file compression in JPEGs, which means they are usually much smaller in size than TIFFs. This makes JPEGs a go-to option when storage space is at a premium.
JPEG vs. TIFF files: frequently asked questions.
You can open a JPEG file by double-clicking the file extension. Both Windows and macOS have built-in software for handling and viewing image files like JPEGs.
You can do the same with TIFFs because Windows and macOS default image viewers handle both these files.
Can you edit a TIFF file?
Which file is easier to send, JPEG or TIFF?
JPEGs’ smaller file size makes them much easier to send online and via email. Some email clients have restrictions on the size of an attached file, which makes sending TIFFs difficult — especially because TIFFs can get up to about 4 GB in size.
For easier sharing, try sending TIFFs by using cloud storage with a shared link to the document for download.