HEREFile Extension .TGA Information


File Type Targa Graphic IconTarga Graphic
File Format Standard (developed by Avid Technology)
Usage Open manually; may be referenced by an application
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common

Bitmap image format developed by Truevision (now Pinnacle Systems) in 1984 for use with its first video products; new extensions to the TGA file were introduced by Truevision in 1989 to accommodate the needs of graphics industry professionals.

Examples of the extra extensions include:

  • A scaled-down postage stamp copy of the image (a "thumbnail" image)
  • Date and time the file was created
  • Author name and comments
  • Gamma value
  • Pixel aspect ratio
  • Alpha channel type
TGA files are also often used for storing texture files referenced by 3D video games.

Open With

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IconACD Systems Canvas

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Updated March 11, 2010