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Preview 5.x: Convert graphic file types with Preview

Convert graphic file types with Preview

With Preview, you can convert image files to different file types. This can be useful when you share files with people who use other kinds of computers or when you want to open files in apps that don’t read all file types. You can also minimize the file size of an image by converting it to a different file type, making it easier to send the image in an email message or post it on the web.

Preview can convert image files to many file types including JPEG 2000, JPEG, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIFF and others.

When you open a PostScript (PS) or EPS document, Preview automatically converts it to a PDF document as it’s opened.

Convert an image file to another file type

  1. Open a file in Preview, and choose File > Export.
  2. Choose a file type from the Format pop-up menu.

    If you don’t see the file type you want, hold down the Option key as you click the Format pop-up menu to see specialized or older formats.

    Depending on the file format you choose, additional options may appear. If you choose JPEG or JPEG 2000, you can adjust the image’s quality. If you choose PDF, you can choose a Quartz filter to apply to the image, and you can encrypt the image so that only those with the password can view it.

  3. Type a new name, or choose a new location for saving the converted file, and then click Save.

Convert more than one image file to another file type

  1. Open the files in one window.

    Display several files in one window

  2. In the sidebar, select the images to convert.
  3. Choose File > Export Selected Images.
  4. Choose a file type from the Format pop-up menu.

    If you don’t see the file type you want, hold down the Option key as you click the Format pop-up menu to see specialized or older formats.

  5. Choose a location for the converted files, and click Choose.
Last Modified: May 1, 2013
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