How To Convert DNG Files To JPEG On A Mac

Do you have a file with a DNG extension? It isn't your average file that your Mac can easily open, process and run. Here is a guide on what exactly DNG files are and how you can convert them into a more common format like JPEG on your Mac.

What Is The DNG File Format?

DNG stands for Digital Negative, and it's a format used to display images. It's like a RAW format, but takes 15% to 20% less storage space. There is no loss in quality since it's a lossless compressed format. This is a format developed for digital photography by Adobe.

What Is JPEG File Format?

JPEG, also known as .jpg, is also a format for photos. Unlike DNG, however, it is a lossy compressed format. The drop in quality isn't that noticeable. Therefore, the colors are vibrant and the sharpness isn't that far off from a RAW format. JPEGs are about 2 to 3 times smaller than RAW and so they are used more commonly and have become the standard for mass image storage.

Why You Should Convert DNG To JPEG

Both JPEG and DNG are excellent in their own categories. But there are a few criteria where the JPEG file is simply better. One of the major reasons why you would consider converting to JPEG is that they take up less storage. While DNG is smaller than RAW, but they are far larger than a regular JPEG. There is a slight loss in quality, but that's not noticeable for the average user. If you don't compress your images, they will quickly fill up your memory.

How To Convert DNG to JPEG

Here is how you can convert DNG files to JPEG on your Mac.


Online converters are a great tool to access files with unique extensions. You can use them to convert files to known formats and easily use them. The best part is that you don't need to wait to download a special application and spend your memory on it. In our testing, Cloud Convert performed the best. It is one of the best online converter available for Mac-easy to use and gets the job done. Here is how to use it.

  1. Click here.
  2. Search for the file on your computer and upload it.
  3. Choose the "Select Format" option.
  4. Browse for "JPEG" and select it.
  5. Click on "Start conversion."
  6. The converted file will be loaded, and then you can download it to save it on your Mac.

File Converter

If you don't want to use an online converter, then you can download File Converter, an app that does the same process. It is available on the Mac App Store for free. The pro of this method over Cloud Convert is that you don't require internet access. Once the app is downloaded, you can simply convert the files whenever you want, provided that it is stored natively on your Mac. This becomes especially beneficial for those who travel and don't have access to the internet at all times.

  1. Click here and select "Get."
  2. You'll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password.
  3. Open the application.
  4. Browse your computer for the file that has to be converted.
  5. Select "JPEG" as the Output Format.
  6. Choose "Convert."
Muaz Ashrafi

Hi! I am Muaz, a Mass Communication major. I like to think I am a free urban spirit. I write blogs with a focus on tech and gadgets. When I'm not writing, you can find me with my headphones on, relaxing to some good house EDM music. I'm also a hobbyist photographer, you can find me on Instagram @mzwithacamera.


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