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How to write TIFF images in Java

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In this article, I will walk you through how to write out images as TIFF images in Java.

ImageIO is able to write images as TIFF files, but it offers the developer very little control over the process or output. We added TIFF support to our JDeli Image library so we could get high-quality TIFF output. In this article, we show you how to use either JDeli or ImageIO and cover the benefits of JDeli.

What is TIFF?

TIFFTIFF stands for "Tag Image File Format". It is a file format for storing raster graphic images. It is widely used in the printing and publication industries. They can be compressed and uncompressed using lossless compression. It is also capable of storing multiple layered images in a single file and can have a bit depth of either 8 or 16 bits per channel.

The filename extension for TIFF files is: .tiff

How to write an image as a TIFF file in ImageIO

Step 1 Create a File (or OutputStream) object for the TIFF output.

File file = new File("/path/to/outputFile.tif"));

Step 2 Pass image, TIFF type, and File (or OutputStream) object into write method

ImageIO.write(bufferedImage, "TIFF", file);

How to write an image as a TIFF file with JDeli

Step 1 Add JDeli to your class or module path. (download link to the trial jar).
Step 2 Create a File (or OutputStream) object

File file = new File("/path/to/outputFile.tif"));

Step 3 Pass image, TIFF type, and File (or OutputStream) object into write method

JDeli.write(bufferedImage, "tiff", file);

In JDeli you can also use a typesafe version

JDeli.write(bufferedImage, OutputFormat.TIFF, file);

or pass in a TiffEncoderOptions object for more control over TIFF image output, such as level of Compression.

TiffEncoderOptions options = new TiffEncoderOptions();
JDeli.write(bufferedImage, options, file);

Why use JDeli to write TIFF images?

JDeli offers a range of advantages over ImageIO and alternatives, including:

  • prevents heap related JVM crashes
  • supports both single and multi-tiled TIFF files
  • access to XML metadata
  • produces smaller output files
  • faster write performance
  • threading support

Learn more about JDeli, or download it to try it yourself.

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Ernest Duodu Ernest is a Java developer. Outside programming, he also enjoys a wide variety of hobbies which includes sky-diving, photography, exercising and listening to music.

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12 Replies to “How to write TIFF images in Java”

    1. we are on the process of writing tiff decoder (tiff encoder is already available)
      once it is finished we will post examples of how to do conversions on our website.

      i recommend keep an eye on JDeli release notes (there are plenty of features on the way)

  1. Thanks Mark. I tried it out. I am using the com.twelvemonkeys.imageio:imageio-tiff:3.1.1 implementation for ImageIO. Some images are turning out black after the conversion.

      1. Sorry, I do not have much experience with image transformations. So, I am not sure if it caused by reading the image using ImageIO or using jDeli for transforming it.

      2. Added the code below. I have tried this out with 4 Tiff images. Just one image is turning out black. Others are getting converted fine.

        public void transform(InputStream in, OutputStream out, Map params) throws IOException {
        try {
        BufferedImage image = ImageIO.read(in);
        JpegEncoder encoder = new JpegEncoder();
        encoder.write(image,out);

        } catch (Exception e){
        e.printStackTrace();
        }
        }

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