How to Convert PNG to JPEG

By Nick Peers

The PNG image format is not as popular and widely supported as the JPEG format, so you may need to convert your PNG images to JPEGs before uploading them to services that don't support the PNG format. In Windows 8.1, both Windows Photo Gallery and Microsoft Paint can convert between the two formats. Other programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks and Corel PaintShop Pro, can convert PNGs to JPEGs; however, these programs are fairly expensive.

Microsoft Paint

Step 1

Press **Windows-X** to display the Power User menu and click **File Explorer** to launch the utility. Select the folder that contains the PNG file, right-click the file, select **Open With** and click **Paint** to open the image in Microsoft Paint.

Step 2

Click **File**, mouse over **Save As** and click **JPEG Picture** to display the Save As dialog.

Step 3

Select the destination folder from the left pane, type a name for the JPEG image into the **File Name** field and then click the **Save** button to convert the PNG to a JPEG.

Windows Photo Gallery

Step 1

Launch Windows Photo Gallery, click **File** and select **Include Folder** from the menu to display the Pictures Library Locations dialog. To view images in specific folders, you must add the folders to the Photo Gallery library.

Step 2

Click **Add** and select the folder that contains the PNG image. Click **OK** to add the folder to the library in Photo Gallery. All images in the folder are loaded automatically and displayed in the right pane.

Step 3

Select the folder that contains the PNG image and then double-click the image in the right pane to switch to editing mode.

Step 4

Click the **Make a Copy** button in the Manage group on the Edit pane to display the Make a Copy dialog.

Step 5

Select **JPG** from the **Save As Type** drop-down box to save the image in JPEG format. Type a name for the image into the **File Name** field, select the destination folder and click **Save** to generate a JPEG image from the original PNG.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks and Corel PaintShop Pro, press "Ctrl-O" to display the Open dialog and select the PNG image to open it. Click "File" and select "Save As" from the menu. Select "JPEG" or "JPG" from the "Save As Type" drop-down box and click "Save" or "OK" to generate a JPEG in any of the three programs.
  • Saving the image in a different format does not alter the original PNG. You can save the new image in the same folder without overwriting the PNG file -- the new image has a JPEG extension.
  • High resolution images in PNG format can be significantly larger than JPEG images. Use JPEG images if you want to send them via email or upload them to the Web.