What are TIFFs and how do they compare to other file formats?

TIFFs (Tagged Image File Format) support both CMYK and RGB color spaces and can support transparency but tend to be larger files as compared to other formats, though they are a “lossless” bitmap file type.

There are numerous bitmap formats, but JPEG, PNG, and TIFF are the three most common.

—A&E Corel Columnist

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