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Multi-page TIFF Files- How to Open and edit each photo

New Here ,
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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I am scanning Historic Photographs and they needed to be grouped together. During scanning I have saved them in Multi page Tiff files as well as a separate Tiff Zipped Folder. The zipped folder I can not open on Photoshop at all and when I open the multi page Tiff I am only able to see the first page. Is there a way to see/ edit each file within the multi-page file folder within Photoshop. My end goal is to have a saved edited Multi-page TIFF as well as a separate converted single PDF within which all of the images are viewable by scrolling.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Jordan

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Community Expert , Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

Hi MuseumofPlay_Library:

I don't think Photoshop supports multi-page tiffs yet. I know past versions did not.

There is an app called TiffSplitter that might help—I have no personal experience with it, however.

https://download.cnet.com/TIFF-Splitter/3000-2248_4-10438809.html

Once split and edited, it's easy to create a multi-page PDF from multiple images.

~Barb

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Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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Hi MuseumofPlay_Library:

I don't think Photoshop supports multi-page tiffs yet. I know past versions did not.

There is an app called TiffSplitter that might help—I have no personal experience with it, however.

https://download.cnet.com/TIFF-Splitter/3000-2248_4-10438809.html

Once split and edited, it's easy to create a multi-page PDF from multiple images.

~Barb

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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I found a workaround in a old forum post concerning opening multi page tiffs in Photoshop CS:

I haven't had occasion to solve this problem directly with Photoshop, but one way I have been able to see multiple page TIFF pages is through the freeware viewer IrfanView.

Trouble with IrfanView is that it, I believe, will only open 8 bits/channel images, and color-management may not work out the way you want depending on how you get the image into Photoshop.

Maybe this helps

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Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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The zipped folder needs to be unzipped, just double click on it.

Also, it would be a whole lot easier if you set your scanner to save regular tiff files that photoshop can open.

Gimp can open each page in multi page tiff files.

https://www.gimp.org/

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LEGEND ,
Jun 19, 2019 Jun 19, 2019

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Just group them by making a folder for them. Anything else is going to vary from not working at all, to working slowly and unreliably. Maybe you'll zip them up when you are absolutely finished editing.

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New Here ,
Oct 08, 2019 Oct 08, 2019

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The excellent freeware image editor Gimp opens multi-page tifs and gives the option of opening as separate layers or separate images, which you can export in pretty much any format if you want to then move to Photoshop. Why Photoshop can't perform this simple task is beyond me.

Gimp does most of what Photoshop does (and does it better in some cases), so while you probably have Photoshop embedded into your workflow and wouldn't replace it with Gimp, Gimp is nevertheless an excellent tool to have installed in the background to try things when you're stumped as to why Photoshop isn't behaving as you expect.

You'll find it pretty intuitive after using Photoshop.

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Sep 30, 2021 Sep 30, 2021

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You can open multi-page tiff file with Adobe Reader. Then export it in tiff format. It automatically saves a separate Tiff file for each page.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 01, 2021 Oct 01, 2021

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I believe only Acrobat Pro can open/save multipage tiff files.

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New Here ,
Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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I have Adobe Acrobat DC Pro and it says it can not open .tif files. 

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Community Expert ,
Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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Is your file a multipage tif?

 

Your sure you have Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and not Adobe Acrobat Reader DC?

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New Here ,
Mar 07, 2022 Mar 07, 2022

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Yes, it is a tif, it contains multiple pages (62 in this case). Yes, it is Adobe Acrobat Pro DC (I have a paid subscription through work). The error message says the tif type is not supported or the file has been corrupted. The file is fine becasue it opens in Windows Photo Viewer.

 

I did find a workaround, however, and that is open the file in Windows Photo Viewer, go to Print, and select print as pdf. The new file will then open in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.  

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Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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I have never heard of multi page tif files?

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Feb 18, 2023 Feb 18, 2023

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Multi-TIFF does exist: several tiff pages in a single tiff file. Easily opened pages and  images un-piled, and saved with Gimp.

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