What is a .TGA File And How To Open It – Avid Technology (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .tga extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .tga file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .TGA file?

The file extension .TGA comes from Targa Graphic. The creator of this file extension is Avid Technology. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a raster related file.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .tga file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .TGA file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .TGA file on various operating systems.

How to open a .TGA file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .tga file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Apple QuickTime Player, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Corel PaintShop Pro, Serif Affinity Photo, dotPDN paint.net and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .TGA file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .TGA file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .tga file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Apple Preview, Apple QuickTime Player, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Serif Affinity Photo, Snap Converter and GIMP software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .TGA file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the GIMP software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .TGA file on Linux

To open the .tga file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .TGA file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .TGA file?

If you are still unable to open the .TGA file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .TGA file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .tgc – Planetside Software, .tgd – Planetside Software, .tgf – Trivial Graph Format File, .tgo – Planetside Software, .tgp – Planetside Software. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .TGA file with the GIMP, Apple QuickTime Player, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Corel PaintShop Pro, Serif Affinity Photo, dotPDN paint.net programs on Windows, GIMP, Apple Preview, Apple QuickTime Player, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Serif Affinity Photo, Snap Converter programs on Mac and GIMP software on Linux.