How to convert a Canon CR2 to JPEG

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How to convert a Canon CR2 to JPEG
You can convert Canon CR2 files to JPG using the firm's Digital Photo Professional software. (IT Stock/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Canon uses its own proprietary photo file format that has both advantages and disadvantages. Although technically CR2 is a standard RAW format, you still can’t directly read and convert CR2 files as easily as you would with other formats such as BMP, PNG or GIF. Using Canon’s photo manager “Digital Photo Professional,” it's possible to convert CR2 files to JPEG in the blink of an eye, or in this case, the click of a shutter.

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Things you need

  • Digital Photo Professional program

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  1. 1

    Open Digital Photo Professional. If you didn’t install the program when you bought your camera, you should check the CDs/DVDs that came with it or download the software from Canon's website.

  2. 2

    Browse your photo library and find the photo you wish to convert to JPEG and click on it. If you just installed Digital Photo Professional, you won’t have a photo library set up, but you can still browse your pictures folder from the right pane, and find the photo you wish to convert.

  3. 3

    Go to the File menu and select “Convert and Save...”

  4. 4

    Choose "Exig-JPEG" from the "Kind of file" pull-down menu under "File format."

  5. 5

    Choose a location in your hard disk where you want to save the JPEG version of your photo, and click on "Save."

Tips and warnings

  • If needed, for publishing on the web for example, you can make your JPEG file smaller by moving the "Image quality slider." You can alter your picture's DPI value here.
  • The method described above creates an extra copy of the original file, in a different format. It does not modify the original picture or settings, so there is no need to worry about harming your original file.

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