Repair your TIF Online

Do you have a TIF image file that will not open or display correctly? If so, our free-to-use TIF repair tool may be able to help. Our tool analyses the content of your TIF image file and is able to determine if the file pixel data is valid. Our tool will let you know what is wrong with your TIF file and attempt to fix it.

Or drag and drop your files here to upload.
A maximum of 20 files can be uploaded at once.

Please note: Your TIF, once uploaded to our server, will be deleted 15 minutes after upload.
If our tool offers the option to repair your file, please ensure you download the repaired file within this time period.

How to Repair your TIF Online?

Here are 3 simple steps to repair your TIF using our fast and free repair tool.

Upload your TIF

Click the "Select File" button, then select a TIF file. The maximum file size is 100MB.

Analysis and Repair

Your TIF file will be analysed, and our tool will attempt to repair your TIF file if possible.

Repair or Convert your TIF

Select an option to either repair or convert to receive your repaired TIF file.

TIF file format information

ExtensionTIF
Full NameTag Image File Format
TypeImage
Mime Typeimage/tiff
FormatBinary
Opens WithPaint.Net

A TIF file, also known as a TIFF (Tagged Image File Format), is a widely used and versatile file format for storing images with high-quality graphics and photographs. It was developed by Aldus Corporation, which is now owned by Adobe Systems. The TIF format is popular in various industries such as publishing, printing, graphic design, and photography due to its ability to maintain the image's original quality and retain a large amount of color information. One of the key features of TIF files is their ability to support both lossless and lossy compression, providing flexibility in balancing file size and image quality.

TIF files use a "tagged" structure, where each piece of information within the file is accompanied by a tag that describes its purpose and characteristics. This tag-based architecture allows TIF files to be easily read and interpreted by different software applications and operating systems, making them highly compatible across platforms. Additionally, TIF files can store multiple images or even a combination of images and textual information within a single file, making them suitable for projects that involve complex graphics, such as layered images or documents with embedded text and illustrations.

While TIF files offer numerous advantages for preserving image integrity, they tend to have larger file sizes compared to other image formats like JPEG. This larger size is due to the use of lossless compression and the inclusion of additional metadata and tags. As a result, TIF files may not be ideal for web-based applications or situations where small file sizes are crucial. Nonetheless, for tasks that demand high-fidelity images and professional-grade graphics, TIF remains a top choice among creators and industries that prioritize image quality and accuracy.

Repairing a TIF File

TIF Image File Header Data

The data contained within a TIF image file is binary, and it is the first sequence of bytes within the file that contains the header data for the image, which contains information such as image width, height, color depth, palette, and other metadata.

Knowing how this header data is formed and what the header data should be for each individual file type allows our tool to not only ensure the file is using the correct file extension but also that all the expected pixel data is present and correct.

Pixel Color Depth and Palettes

Certain image file formats (oftentimes, but not always, older formats), such as TIF, can store pixel data using a reduced number of bits per pixel. For regular full-color images, these are stored at 24-bits per pixel (1 byte per RGB channel, equating to roughly 16 million colors). Storing pixels using reduced bits per pixel can help reduce the final file size, and older legacy hardware was often limited by the color depth of their displays anyway, making this practice worthwhile.

Palettes are also commonplace, allowing a limited number of colors to be used from the full 16 million color space. The TIF often does this to significantly reduce file size while retaining pixel and color detail. During the validation and repair process, our tool will not alter the pixel color depth or, if present, any palette used by the image.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the resolution and quality of the TIF file be affected?

No. Our TIF repair tool will not adjust the resolution or quality of the repaired image file.

Is it free to use the TIF file repair tool?

Yes! Our TIF repair tool is 100% free to use.

Are there any usage limits when repairing my TIF file?

No, you can repair as many files as you wish. We do not have any limits when using our TIF repair tool.

How long does it take to repair my TIF?

We aim to process TIF repairs as quickly as possible; this usually takes around 5 seconds; however, this may be longer depending on the file size and data needed to be repaired.

What does the TIF repair process involve?

Once your TIF has been selected, it will undergo some initial checks to verify that the file has some basic information. If the initial checks pass, we then upload the file to our servers for more detailed analysis.

Is it safe to repair my TIF on FabConvert.com?

Yes, of course it is! Your TIF, once repaired, is deleted 15 minutes after upload, and any download link will expire after this time.

Can I repair my TIF on Windows, Linux, Android, iOS or Mac OS?

Yes! Our TIF repair tool will run on any system with a modern web browser.