You probably know what digital image formats are, and why we have so many of them (each is designed for a particular use). In short, you have a general idea, but might be a little fuzzy when it comes to specifics of one or another format. So it might help if you just take one or two formats at a time and look closer at them, instead of trying to cover all of them at a time. This article will explain how two popular formats work – TIFF and PNG, and what you have to do to convert a TIFF image to PNG and back.
PNG or Portable Network Graphic images can only be saved compressed, hence their small file size. The format can hold an alpha channel, which is, put in a simple way, a process where the image has a transparent background and can be laid over another image.
TIFF is an extremely common format, and it is supported by a wide variety of software applications, it means you are unlikely to have problems opening the file. TIFF is mostly used as a non-compressed file format (it can be compressed in certain cases). For images to be displayed on the web the format might not be suitable, cause of the size of TIFF files – it is usually big. TIFF images can store layers within and hold color depth and color groups. In general, it is said that TIFF is the best program independent format for images intended for print documents, while PNG is the best web equivalent.
So, for example, if you intend to scan your old pictures and store them on a hard drive, TIFF might be preferable to PNG. PNG’s compression, although lossless, does compromise the quality of your images in the end. So if you want to keep your collection at best and storage space is not a concern for you, go for TIFF. However if you are planning to add your scanned photos to your online gallery, you might be better off if you save them in a PNG format.
Say, you have scanned your images, saved them in TIFF format and now they are safely sitting on you hard drive. What do you do if you decide to share some of them with your friends online? That’s right, you have to convert them from TIFF to PNG. How do you do it? With the help of a Mac image converter, or rather Mac batch image converter. With a batch image converter Mac owners can convert hundreds of images in one go, a couple of clicks and entire albums are saved in a different format. PhotoBulk is the bulk image converter Mac owners love to use, and for a good reason.
It can convert TIFF to PNG Mac way, i.e. in easy and powerful way
This is how you change TIFF to PNG Mac or convert PNG to TIFF Mac using this graphic converter for Mac:
- Download and install PhotoBulk. Installation of the image converter for Mac takes no more than a couple of minutes, just follow the instructions.
- Launch the app and select images to Mac convert TIFF to PNG. Drag-and-drop them into the app’s window.
- Select ‘Optimize’ option and click ‘Start’.
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