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How to convert the TIFF to PNG

by Casey Schmidt  |  October 11, 2019

2 min. read
A converting gear forming digitally.

The PNG and TIFF are both similar in that they can be shrunk without sacrificing image quality. However, they’re definitely not interchangeable. Learn the advantages you can gain from converting a TIFF to a PNG.

What is a PNG?

The PNG image file is a Portable Network Graphic file type. It is a raster image, which constructs graphics piece-by-piece. The PNG uses lossless compression, allowing large files to be shrunk into smaller sizes without losing resolution. Also, when reverted to its original size the resolution remains.

What is a TIFF?

The TIFF image file is a Tagged Image File Format that retains excellent quality when undergoing change. The TIFF can never have links or any unseen data included inside them, making it ideal for security reasons. They’re ideal for storing valuable things like records.

A picture of the TIFF file icon.
The TIFF is valued for its security.

How to convert TIFF to PNG

Fortunately, no third-party software is required to convert a TIFF to PNG. However, there are available browser-based systems in case you want a separate option. I’ve used both OnlineConverter and Zamzar with good results.

Using Windows

  1. Open the TIFF file using the Microsoft Paint app
  2. Select ‘file’ then ‘save as’
  3. From the ‘save as type’ dropdown menu, select ‘PNG’
  4. Save the file to your selected destination
A screenshot of the Paint app converting a file.
Use the Paint app to convert directly in Windows.

Using Mac

  1. Locate the TIFF file you wish to convert
  2. Using Preview, click ‘file’ then choose ‘export’
  3. Choose PNG from the list
  4. Save to the location of your choice

Why convert?

The Tiff and PNG are actually quite similar image file types in that they both retain a high resolution during compression. However, there are some differences that make conversion necessary in some instances. For example, if a user has a TIFF file they wish to send to multiple people, chances are they’ll want it in the PNG format. This is due to the fact the PNG is more accessible for a wider range of users and systems.

A screenshot of the PNG icon.
The PNG is valued for its wide-ranging sharing.

Convenience and security are the two main factors to consider when deciding whether or not to convert. Remember, TIFF is a secure file incapable of holding a hidden virus within. For this reason, it’s used by companies with sensitive information. The PNG is less secured but also more convenient. Therefore, consider converting if you don’t need any extra security with your file.

Measure the important details and considerations when deciding whether to convert TIFF to PNG. When making an impression sharing, sending or uploading files, the file type can make all the difference.