Photoshop 2018: Can't open Tiff files

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I can't open Tiff files in Photoshop CC 2018, I get error message "Could not complete your request as it is not the right kind of document". I am editing the images for a friend and they don't want to convert them to jpg. Please can anyone help with a solution.
Thank you.
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Ask them how they created those documents. People do crazy things, like saving a file as jpeg and then changing the file extension...
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I encounter this when I get TIFF files created by the all-in-one printer, copier, scanner and fax machine that one of my clients uses.


If you’re running macOS, try opening the TIFF in Apple Preview. If that works, you can export to a file format that Photoshop will open (you can drag and drop to the Desktop or a folder as well). If the TiFF has layers, I have found drag and drop to be the quickest way to get the them into PS.
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What John and Warren said is very true and having a bogus extension can really cause problems.  But, like Warren pointed out, if you can view the document in your OS, then you can usually figure out what kind of file it is.  If dragging and dropping doesn't allow you to open the document, you can also try to change the file extension to see if that works.
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I am getting the same error.

I have just created 3 HDR images using Photoshop's Merge to HDR Pro feature and saved them as 32-bit TIFFs.

The first one opens OK, but the other 2 give the error "Could not complete the request because it is not the right kind of document."

Very odd.


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I getting the same response on open or drag and drop.
With tif extension these will open in CS4 and earlier, but not in CC.

Here is the file report from the header...
Output from Display Header
File Name:  D:\NAME001.tif
File Information:
 Standard : : TIFF File
 Format : : JPEG Compressed 24 bit RGB data, Q= 10
 Pixels per Line :  20000
 Number of Lines :  20000
 Samples per pixel :  4
 File bits per sample : 8
 Actual bits per sample : 8
 Tiled file, tile dimension :  128
 Number of tiles along a row :  157
 Number of tile rows :  157
 Number of overviews :  10
 Overview sampling method: Subsampled
 Scanning device resolution :  2032  : lines/inch
 Orientation :  4  : Row major order, origin at top left
 NO scan line headers : non-scannable file
 Packet size (16-bit words) : 0
 Free vlt space (16-bit words) : 2000000000
 Free packet space (16-bit words) : 2000000000
Raster to UOR matrix:
 Unspecified or All Zero Matrix
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Hi Jack,

Would you send me the file to look at?  And to confirm, this file is NAME001.tif and opens fine in CS4 but not CC, right?  Just respond and I'll answer you with my email address.

Thanks,
David
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I can send a file.
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Check your email...8-)
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I am having the same trouble. TIFF files that will not open in Photoshop on a MAC or PC.
They were generated by a microfilm scanner.

I tried opening them in preview, dragging and dropping them into photoshop and copying the file and changing the extension to .JPG. The file size of each of these files is big enough that I would expect a good file to be there.

I don't know what else to try. They were made on a library's microfilm reader and to return to do it again would be a 3-1/2 hour drive.

I'm hoping someone has a suggestion.
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Hey Scott,

Feel free to send me your document and I'll take a look.  In Jack's case, the file wasn't correctly formed.  That might be the case here too.  Email on it's way...

Thanks,
David
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Hi Dave
I'm having the same problem. I was able to drag and drop once, but can't do it again. Are you able to help?
Paula
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Howdy Paula,

Sure.  You can send me a couple of SMALL examples at david . MOHR @ a d o b e . C o M  (yeah, I get a LOT of SPAM already...8-P).

I'll take a look and let you know what I come up with, hopefully Tuesday.

Thanks,
David
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David, since I don't know how to reach Jeffrey, mind if I send you my ACDSee produces TIFF files?
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Here is a list of TIF files that Photoshop can and cannot read in my tests. The original image is 19200 x 25200 px 8-bit = 1.35 gb uncompressed.

Photoshop CAN read:

ACDSee uncompressed, FastStone LZW, FastStone uncompressed, Gigapixel uncompressed, Photoshop LZW, Photoshop uncompressed, Photoshop ZIP

Photoshop CANNOT read:

ACDSee LZW, ACDSee ZIP, FastStone ZIP, Gigapixel LZW, Gigapixel ZIP

ACDSee and Topaz Gigapixel maybe use the same libraries to create their files, their respective files sizes also match closely.

FastStone Image Viewer has similar problems, albeit partly with different combinations of file source and compression. All these files can be read by various other third party software, like IrfanView, XnViewMp, Paint.Net, ACDSee, Windows Photos and Windows Photo Viewer!

Adobe's support chat is no help and the "wishlist" (feature requests and bug reports) page forwards to this "community" powered support. I have yet to find a support form/ticket system to report the problem, any hint is welcome.




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Can you post a zip file of each of the files you list above? I can investigate.
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Hello Jeffrey,

thanks for getting back to us. My test files are all 0.5 to 2 gb large, so not exactly easily shared. As far as I remember the problem is size dependent, so I have to see how small I can make a Topaz Gigapixel TIFF and still not be able to open it in PS.

ACDSee tests were using the trial version, so I don't own that anymore. But as far as I can tell every software that had issues with ACDSee TIFF files also had the same issues with Topaz files. So the latter might suffice.
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Jeffrey, how do I send you files?

Both Photoshop and FastStone cease to open ACDSee (and Gigapixel) compressed TIF files once certain dimensions (or maybe pixel-count) are reached.
I can send you two files in an archive, one can be opened in PS, the other cannot. There is only 1 px different in both directions between the two.

While PS flips at 17270 x 13815 px, Faststone flips around 21139 x 16911, but it's not so clear-cut there (sometimes files open, sometimes not). This means that Faststone can open larger ACDsee created images than Photoshop, but both ultimately fail at some point.

Both can open larger Deflate compressed TIFF files from other sources than ACDSee
/Gigapixel.
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jtranber at adobe dot com (send a dropbox or CC files link) 

Sorry, getting caught up from the holiday.
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I can repro the case for the ACDsee and Faststone files that Timur has sent me. I've asked engineering to take a look.