Open ATF files

  • Full name
    Adobe Photoshop Transfer Function Format
  • Developer
    Molecular Devices
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Have you encountered a problem with a ATF file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a ATF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your ATF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is ATF file?

An ATF file is a so-called Adobe Transfer Function file, ie a settings file for the transfer function of the image processing software Photoshop. In the German version this file is called a print characteristic. An ATF file stores information that is used for adjustments and corrections of possible image changes when transferring images to eg different print materials such as film.

More info

When using different printing presses, printing materials or printing inks can lead to a dot gain. This can lead to a difference between the original image and the print.

The print characteristic is used to add or subtract pixels or dots depending on the setting. To create an ATF file yourself, select 'Output' in the 'Print' dialog of Photoshop and then the 'Print characteristic' button. Once you have made the desired setting, you can save it in an ATF file via 'save'. In this dialog also ATF files can be loaded.

It should be noted that when transferring multiple images for each image you have to create an ATF file separately.

Programs which can open a ATF file

How to open file with ATF extension?

In order to open a file with ATF extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening ATF file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with ATF files, follow the instructions below.
Install GenePix Pro Software or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening ATF files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support ATF files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of ATF files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set GenePix Pro Software as the default program for opening ATF files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate ATF files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the GenePix Pro Software applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where GenePix Pro Software has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with ATF files

Sometimes problems with opening ATF files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • ATF files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open ATF files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • ATF file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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