Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: November 2, 2005
tiff2rgba - convert a
image to RGBA color space
converts a wide variety of TIFF images into an RGBA TIFF image. This
includes the ability to translate different color spaces and photometric
interpretation into RGBA, support for alpha blending, and translation
of many different bit depths into a 32bit RGBA image.
Internally this program is implemented using the
function, and it suffers any limitations of that image. This includes
limited support for > 8 BitsPerSample images, and flaws with some
esoteric combinations of BitsPerSample, photometric interpretation,
block organization and planar configuration.
The generated images are stripped images with four samples per pixel
(red, green, blue and alpha) or if the
flag is used, three samples
per pixel (red, green, and blue). The resulting images are always planar
configuration contiguous. For this reason, this program is a useful utility
for transform exotic TIFF files into a form ingestible by almost any TIFF
Specify a compression scheme to use when writing image data:
for no compression (the default),
for the PackBits compression algorithm,
for the Deflate compression algorithm,
for the JPEG compression algorithm,
for Lempel-Ziv & Welch.
Write data with a specified number of rows per strip;
by default the number of rows/strip is selected so that each strip
is approximately 8 kilobytes.
Process the image one block (strip/tile) at a time instead of by reading
the whole image into memory at once. This may be necessary for very large
images on systems with limited RAM.
Drop the alpha component from the output file, producing a pure RGB file.
Currently this does not work if the
flag is also in effect.
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