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How to convert RAW to JPG

If you want to convert a RAW file into a JPG, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to export images as JPGs in Adobe Photoshop.

There are plenty of benefits to shooting in RAW, with the biggest being that the larger file size allows images to retain tons more data than JPGs or PNGs. This means more flexibility when editing for a brighter and higher-quality image when you’re done.

However, there might be times when you want to share your photos with friends and family without worrying about transferring large files or whether RAW files will be compatible with their devices at all.

Here’s how to convert RAW files to JPGs in just a few clicks.

What you’ll need: 

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • A Creative Cloud subscription

The Short Version 

  1. Open your image in Adobe Camera Raw
  2. Click Open to move to Photoshop
  3. Click File and Export
  4. Choose Export As
  5. Save your image as a JPG

How to convert RAW to JPG

  1. Step

    Open your image in Photoshop

    The RAW file should open automatically in Adobe Camera Raw. How to convert RAW to JPG

  2. Step

    Click Open to move to the regular Photoshop view

    You can also make any changes to the RAW file at this stage if you wish. How to convert RAW to JPG

  3. Step

    Click File

    Again, if you’d like to make any images in Photoshop, you can do it now. How to convert RAW to JPG

  4. Step

    Click Export

    This will bring up a second menu. How to convert RAW to JPG

  5. Step

    Choose Export As

    You can also select Quick Export As PNG if you’d like to save the image as a PNG file. How to convert RAW to JPG

  6. Step

    Make sure the format is set to JPG

    You can also resize your image and adjust the quality in this window. How to convert RAW to JPG

  7. Step

    Hit Export

    Just pick a destination to save your file and you’re done! How to convert RAW to JPG


Can I convert a RAW image to a JPG without Photoshop?

Yes, you can. You can use pretty much any editing software that supports RAW images to open your file and save it as a JPG. Just make sure to make any adjustments to your image first as once you save it as a JPG you’ll lose a lot of that information.

Can I take JPGs on my camera?

It depends on your camera but you can choose whether to capture images as RAW files, JPGs or both in most mirrorless and DSLR cameras. Some smartphones also support RAW photos nowadays.

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