.TGA File Extension

A .TGA file is a Targa Graphic, created by Avid Technology.

Open with GIMP. Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

What is a .TGA file?

A .TGA file, also known as a Targa Graphic file, is a type of image file. It was created by a company called Truevision and is used to store pictures in a specific digital format. These images can vary in detail and quality because the format supports different levels of color depth—8, 16, 24, or 32 bits per pixel. This means the pictures can range from simple and less detailed to very high quality with lots of color information and transparency (through something called an alpha channel).

People use .TGA files for various purposes. They are commonly used for storing digital photos and also for textures in 3D video games, which are the images that get wrapped around 3D models to give them color and detail.

If you have a .TGA file and want to open it, there are several software programs you can use. Some popular ones include: - **GIMP**: A free, open-source program that works on many operating systems. - **Adobe Photoshop 2023 and Adobe Photoshop Elements**: Well-known, professional-grade software for image editing. - **Adobe Illustrator 2023**: Great for working with vector graphics, but it can also handle .TGA files. - **Corel PaintShop Pro 2023 and Corel Painter 2023**: These are alternatives to Adobe's products, offering powerful tools for photo editing and digital painting. - **ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio**: A photo organizer and editor. - **Canvas GFX Canvas X Pro**: Useful for technical illustrations and graphics. - **Serif Affinity Photo**: Another professional photo editing tool. - **dotPDN**: A free photo and graphics editor for Windows. - **Apple Preview and Apple Photos**: Included with macOS, these can open .TGA files directly. - **Snap Converter**: A conversion tool that can handle .TGA files among other formats. - **File Viewer Plus** — Available from Microsoft Store, it can open and convert various file types, including .TGA.

For mobile users, there are apps like **File Viewer for Android** that can open .TGA files on Android devices. Apple iOS users can view .TGA files using the built-in Photos app.

In summary, .TGA files are versatile image files used in photography and gaming, and there are many software options available for opening and working with them, whether on a computer or a mobile device.


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