TIFF/IT (Tag Image File Format/Image Technology) is a standardised format for the exchange of raster data. TIFF/IT is an optional output plug-in for the Harlequin RIP which enables users to output a 1-bit or 8-bit separated or composite file set which is most commonly required for compatibility with other prepress systems or submission to some print or publication companies.
Including TIFF/IT as an option with the Harlequin RIP enables in-house marketing communications departments, prepress and catalog houses, and printers to create industry-standard CMYK TIFF/IT-P1 files for highly consistent file transfer and exchange.
All creative, prepress and print organizations can now create industry standard TIFF/IT-P1 files for highly consistent file submission to legacy workflows.
The TIFF/IT file format is defined in ISO standard 12639 and contains three conformance levels, of which TIFF/IT-P1 is the most widely supported.
TIFF/IT-P1 file sets usually consist of 3 or 4 files:
- Final Page or (FP)
- Continuous Tone image (CT)
- Line Work image (LW)
- High resolution Contone files (HC - optional)
The Harlequin TIFF/IT plugin can also generate CT, LW and HC files individually, and supports additional file types:
- Binary Linework files (BL)
- Binary Picture files (BP)
- Monochrome Picture (MP)