[gdal-dev] Alpha band data type

Javier Jimenez Shaw j1 at jimenezshaw.com
Wed Jun 2 13:08:26 PDT 2021

Hi Evert,

As far as I know, TIFF data type is "constant" along the bands. You cannot
have a uint16 band and a byte band in the same page.
If you are worried about space, you can use the "nodata value", assigning a
single value for that purpose (assuming that you do not want intermediate
values, just on and off). However I do not know if this nodata is only for
GDAL -and widely used-, or in the (Geo)TIFF standard.

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On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 21:44, Evert Etienne (SITEMARK) <
evert.etienne at sitemark.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I was wondering if there is a best practice or guide for the data type of
> alpha channels in geotiffs.
> I have many files where the data type is constant over all bands (UInt16
> for example).
> I would expect the alpha band to be a byte band or even bit.
> Is it possible to have different types in a single file? If so, can I
> change the type of the alpha band alone to see if it has impact on the file
> size for example?
> Many thanks
> Evert
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