A GIF - or graphics interchange format - is a bitmap file widely used around the internet. GIFs contain up to 256 colors, so they’re not often used for photos, but as they have lossless compression, they work well for navigation buttons and logos on websites. A huge difference between a GIF and another bitmap image file, like a JPG, is that they can be saved as animated GIFs, which cycle between images to create a short, looping animation. These are primarily designed for - and used across - websites on the internet. You’ve definitely come across them before, particularly on social media and image sharing apps.
TIFF - Tagged Image File Format - is a raster image that contains a lot of data and is generally extremely high quality. Because of this, the file size tends to be quite large, so it’s not an easy file to upload or share quickly. You’ll likely come across TIFF files in professional photography and when you scan high-quality images, but it’s not something ever used in web graphics. It’s one of the highest quality image file types available, so use it when you’re planning on printing photos at a very high quality or scaling them up to a massive size. Think billboard advertising and other huge printed photographs.
A GIF can be a static image or a series of several images that are combined to create an animation and can read a transparent background. A TIFF, in contrast, is a very high-quality image file used in digital photography and often used when printing very large digital photographs. GIFs and TIFFs are very different types of images, but you might sometimes come across a situation when you need to convert a GIF to a TIFF. Image conversion is a fairly simple process and can be done quickly and easily in a program like WinZip.
WinZip is more than just a GIF to TIFF converter. We built WinZip to convert multiple file formats, including the formats below.