How to Convert CR2 to JPEG in Bridge in Batches

By Sophie Southern

In digital photography, shooting in RAW format is essential if you want to be able to make post-processing changes while keeping the integrity of the image. If you use a Canon digital camera, your RAW image file ends in “CR2,” an extension that is not compatible with a wide range of applications. To convert your CR2s to the more common JPEG format, use Adobe Bridge CS5 in combination with Adobe Camera RAW to do it in batches.

Step 1

Open Adobe Bridge CS5 on your computer.

Step 2

Click the “Folders” tab in the upper right corner, then click the folder containing the CR2 images you want to convert to JPEGs.

Step 3

Click the “Essentials” view tab in the upper right corner of the application window.

Step 4

Select the photos you want to convert. Use the "Shift" key to select multiple photos in a row or the "Command" key to select multiple nonconsecutive photos. Depending on how powerful your computer is, selecting more than 20 photos at a time may slow it down.

Step 5

Click the “Open in Camera Raw” icon at the top of the page. The icon resembles a leaf shutter on a lens. Camera Raw is included in Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop and the CS5 Creative Suite.

Step 6

Click “Select All” at the top of the left column in the Camera Raw window. Use the settings panel on the left to make any adjustments to your RAW photos for brightness, contrast, saturation, white balance or exposure.

Step 7

Click the “Save Images” button in the bottom left corner of the Camera Raw window.

Step 8

Click the tab next to Destination if you want to save your images in a different folder. If you want to save them in the same location, leave the destination as it is.

Step 9

Click the tab next to File Extension and select “.JPG.”

Step 10

Click the “Save” button to convert your CR2 images to JPEG. Camera Raw displays the number of images remaining to convert in the bottom left corner of the application window. Make sure your photos have finished converting before you close the Camera Raw window.