CR2 are RAW image files that are taken using various models of Canon digital cameras. Even if these pictures contain a high level of detail, they are still unprocessed photos, so you might have some problems opening and editing them with your favorite image processing app. A simple solution for overcoming this issue is converting them to the universally-supported graphics format, JPEG/JPG. Even if you will lose a bit of their original quality, you will be able to use your pictures in any way you want to.
There are many tools that can help you turn your Canon RAW images into JPEG, but why bother with other third-party programs, when you can use your Mac OS X El Capitan's own Preview utility?
Here is a quick and easy step-by-step guide for converting your CR2 pictures to JPEG format using Preview
First, you will have to open the photos you want to convert. You can either open them directly from Finder or you can drag-and-drop them onto Preview's icon from the Dock. Keep in mind that you can convert them either individually or in batches.
Now that you have opened your CR2 images, select the ones you desire to turn into JPEG, click on the "File" menu item and select the "Export" option for individual conversion or "Export Selected Images" for batch conversion.
After you have selected the "Export" option, a new window will appear, from where you will have to choose JPEG as the output format and, optionally, set the desired destination folder for your converted pictures and give them a new name.
Click on the "Save" button and wait for the process to finish.
As you can see, converting your Canon CR2 RAW images to JPEG/JPG in El Capitan using Preview is a very simple process, and it will only take a couple of seconds (if you are not converting thousands of photos at once). However, if you are looking for other applications that can help you complete this task, you can take a look at our suggestions in the list below.
Even if Canon CR2 images are, normally, supported by El Capitan, there is a very low chance that you will encounter some problems when opening your pictures. If that happens, you can try to download and install this Combo Update and, hopefully, get rid of any issues.
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