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Bitmap to Tiff conversion using Libtiff

, 6 Oct 2004
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Bitmap to Tiff conversion using Libtiff


What the article/code snippet does? : It converts 256 color bitmap file to Black & white tiff file using Libtiff.

Why it's useful? : This Article provides a method to convert Bitmap Image to Tiff Image. The main target of this demo project is to tell you about writing a tiff file. I was trying from so long time to get example code that can write tiff file. But no one can provide one as simple as I wished it to be. Now this code would at least help you. I've included the Bitmap Image used in this demo.

Where is Libtiff? : You can get Libtiff Library free from Also, I've included Library files in my demo project. All library contents are as it is provided & with their owner rights. I have no concern with that Library's bugs. I am just using this library to show how to convert a bmp to a tiff.

How to use this code

I've collected all conversion code in a single function which converts bmp to tiff, Function is given below or you can fin this code in demo project.

//load Bitmap

HBITMAP hImage = (HBITMAP)LoadImage(NULL, "C:\\MyBit.bmp", IMAGE_BITMAP,

CBitmap* m_Bitmap = CBitmap::FromHandle(hImage);

//Memory allocation is still 600x600 in your code..
BYTE* bmpBuffer=(BYTE*)GlobalAlloc(GPTR, 600*600);//allocate memory

// Size of bitmap as I draw by using x,y points...
m_Bitmap->GetBitmapBits(600*600 ,bmpBuffer);

TIFF *image;

  // Open the TIFF file
  if((image = TIFFOpen("C:\\output.tif", "w")) == NULL)
    printf("Could not open output.tif for writing\n");

  TIFFSetField(image, TIFFTAG_IMAGEWIDTH,600);

  uint32 rowsperstrip = TIFFDefaultStripSize(image, -1); 
  //<REC> gives better compression

  TIFFSetField(image, TIFFTAG_ROWSPERSTRIP, rowsperstrip);

// Start CCITTFAX3 setting
  TIFFSetField(image, TIFFTAG_GROUP3OPTIONS, group3options);

// End CCITTFAX3 setting


  TIFFSetField(image, TIFFTAG_XRESOLUTION, 100.0);
  TIFFSetField(image, TIFFTAG_YRESOLUTION, 100.0);

   char page_number[20];
    sprintf(page_number, "Page %d", 1);

    TIFFSetField(image, TIFFTAG_PAGENUMBER, 1, 1);
    TIFFSetField(image, TIFFTAG_PAGENAME, page_number);

  // Write the information to the file
BYTE *bits;
for (int y = 0; y < 600; y++)
    bits= bmpBuffer + y*600;
    if (TIFFWriteScanline(image,bits, y, 0)==-1) MessageBox("Complete or error");

  // Close the file

What's New in this update:

  1. Improved Compression
  2. Multi-page Tiff (Method to add pages in tiff)
  3. 256 colors of bmp

What is Next?

  1. Color in tiff file
  2. Other format to tiff

My wish was to provide you one independent function that can be used anywhere. That's what I did in this article.

What am I expecting from you all?

As I think, I'm not an expert like you, long way yet remain to take over. Please point out my bugs in this article so I can improve those. Thanks, OK! Good Bye, Have a nice life...


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About the Author

Sumit Kapoor
Software Developer (Senior)
India India
Working in Patni Computer Systems, Noida(INDIA). I like to work in C/C++ even from my school time & mostly worked using C++, VC++, COM.
I want to give something bigger than biggest to IT field. Try is going on.
I like to make friends.
That’s all about me.
Ok! See you.
Have a nice Life.

Comments and Discussions

GeneralReading Multiple images of Tiff to IplImage format PinmemberSai Veeranki18-Feb-11 9:01 
QuestionReading All the images from the tiff PinmemberSai Veeranki10-Feb-11 11:46 
QuestionHow to convert Tiff file to BMP PinmemberNilesh Hirpara2-Aug-10 12:44 
QuestionCan yoiu show me how to go the other way? TIFF-&gt;BMP PinmemberMick Leong29-Dec-09 21:39 
Generalhi PinmemberAric Green21-Dec-09 19:03 
GeneralLoadImage() error ERROR_NOT_ENOUGH_MEMORY Pinmemberrenoreballos28-Nov-08 23:41 
GeneralRe: LoadImage() error ERROR_NOT_ENOUGH_MEMORY PinmemberSumit Kapoor5-Dec-08 6:54 
General16 bits tiff Pinmembersmart_dummies3-Nov-08 13:32 
Generalbmp to ccitt g31d convertion PinmemberMember 39495025-Oct-08 21:16 
GeneralTo change Jpeg compresed tif file to ccitt Compresed tiff file Pinmemberkiran_chikhale_IVI24-Oct-07 3:47 
QuestionDo you have any sample for tiff to bmp? Pinmemberjasonshen2067-Sep-07 18:53 
QuestionCan i convert any bmp image to tiff ccitt group 4 image PinmemberAnil Pandya23-Jul-07 6:26 
GeneralLibrary Linking Error(Solution) PinmemberSumit Kapoor19-Apr-07 21:31 
GeneralConversion to Color TIFF PinmemberSabareeswaran18-Dec-06 3:40 
GeneralJuanma Pinmemberx3yulo9-Feb-06 1:36 
AnswerRe: Juanma (How to run Debug version of project) PinmemberSumit Kapoor9-Feb-06 1:59 
GeneralRe: Juanma (How to run Debug version of project) Pinmemberx3yulo9-Feb-06 22:30 
AnswerRe: Juanma (How to run Debug version of project) PinmemberSumit Kapoor10-Feb-06 14:55 
GeneralBitmap 1280x960 Pinmemberjeff_dodgeit31-Oct-05 17:51 
GeneralRe: Bitmap 1280x960 PinmemberSumit Kapoor31-Oct-05 22:58 
GeneralRe: Bitmap 1280x960 Pinmemberdpatd11-Nov-10 6:13 
GeneralRe: Bitmap 1280x960 Pinmemberdpatd11-Nov-10 6:18 
GeneralRe: Bitmap 1280x960 PinmemberSumit Kapoor11-Nov-10 6:52 
GeneralRe: Bitmap 1280x960 Pinmemberdpatd11-Nov-10 12:04 
GeneralRe: Bitmap 1280x960 PinmemberSumit Kapoor11-Nov-10 17:22 
GeneralTrying to compile, but... Pinmemberlets_pandora119-Oct-05 4:50 
GeneralRe: Trying to compile, but... PinmemberSumit Kapoor19-Oct-05 4:58 
GeneralError msg Pinmemberlets_pandora120-Oct-05 5:21 
GeneralRe: Error msg PinmemberSumit Kapoor20-Oct-05 14:53 
GeneralRe: Thanks... Pinmemberlets_pandora125-Oct-05 6:19 
GeneralCan&#180;t find a solution... Pinmemberlets_pandora11-Nov-05 4:58 
GeneralRe: Can&amp;#180;t find a solution... PinmemberSumit Kapoor1-Nov-05 13:57 
GeneralRe: Can&amp;#180;t find a solution... PinmemberNixDude31-May-07 13:57 
GeneralExternal Exception Pinmemberlets_pandora19-Nov-05 4:13 
Generalccitt group 4(2d) Fxa PinmemberMLSHWJZ1-Jul-05 11:39 
GeneralRe: ccitt group 4(2d) Fxa PinmemberSumit Kapoor3-Jul-05 4:11 
Questionbmp to tiff in colour? Pinmemberleojose27-May-05 4:33 
AnswerRe: bmp to tiff in colour? PinmemberSumit Kapoor30-May-05 4:36 
GeneralRe: bmp to jpeg conversion PinmemberArif Mohammed20-Jul-05 16:47 
GeneralRe: bmp to jpeg conversion PinmemberSumit Kapoor27-Jul-05 0:12 
Generala simple interface PinmemberManish K. Agarwal13-Mar-05 19:04 
GeneralRe: a simple interface PinmemberSumit Kapoor13-Mar-05 20:54 
QuestionHow to make multi-page tiff file Pinmemberzuken212-Feb-05 23:23 
AnswerRe: How to make multi-page tiff file PinmemberSumit Kapoor9-Feb-05 0:31 
GeneralRe: How to make multi-page tiff file Pinmemberzuken2113-Feb-05 20:59 
GeneralRe: How to make multi-page tiff file Pinmemberzuken2128-Feb-05 22:43 
GeneralRe: How to make multi-page tiff file Pinmemberlets_pandora125-Oct-05 8:16 
GeneralRe: How to make multi-page tiff file Pinmembermohammadftm.er641-Dec-09 0:25 
Questionwhat's TIFFSetField(image, TIFFTAG_GROUP3OPTIONS, group3options)? PinmemberAyato Kamina4-Dec-04 23:36 
AnswerRe: what's TIFFSetField(image, TIFFTAG_GROUP3OPTIONS, group3options)? PinmemberAyato Kamina4-Dec-04 23:42 

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