How To Convert CR2 Image File To JPEG?

Canon DSLR camera

I was recently going through the pictures of my photoshoot and wanted to email a few of them as attachment.

While a 25 MB CR2 (Canon Raw) image attachment was out of the question, my brain immediately told me to convert it into a JPEG and then attach the compressed version.

The only problem???

Neither, Windows Photo Manager nor Adobe Photoshop 7 (Yes, I’m old school) would open it.

I found a lot of online converters but I ain’t no Creative Commons material.

A wise man said,

  Do What You Can With What You Have!

By default, I was left with Windows Live Photo Gallery to browse my CR2 file images.

Thus, I decided to find a way to convert the CR2 image file to JPEG using what I had.

A little digging around the Microsoft forums and I found the codec pack that would do the job.

How To Convert CR2 Image File To JPEG?

1] Download and install this Microsoft Camera Codec Pack (6.3.9721.0).

Psst…. The above link is tried and tested by us!

2] Open your CR2 image file using Windows Live Photo Gallery and click on Edit, Organize or Share.

3] Double Click and open your image file once again inside the editing tool.

4] Click on ‘Make a Copy’ and when it asks you to save the file, save it as .JPG format.

This is the simplest way to convert your CR2 image file to jpg or other low sized versions.

I’m pretty sure, this wouldn’t be a big issue for photographers but for a layman with minimal specs desktop or laptop setup, you can’t go wrong with the above steps.

Let us know if this was helpful to you in the comments section.


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Author: Ankurman Shrestha

A full-time student at the school of life, Ankurman Shrestha is a public health & wellness enthusiast, equally passionate about personal development, and life long learning. He once drove across 40 United States, doing pushups and raising awareness about the obesity epidemic. From fitness to tech tips, healthy recipes to productivity hacks, he loves to share his knowledge with the world through his writing.

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