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What Is a CR2 File?

How to Open, Edit, and Convert CR2 Files

what you need to know

  • CR2 files are Canon Raw version 2 image files.
  • Open one with IrfanView, UFRaw, Photoshop and other photo viewers.
  • Convert to JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc using this program or a converter like Zamzar.

This article explains what a CR2 file is, what you need to install to open it, and how to save it in different image formats like JPG, DNG, PNG, etc.

What is a .CR2 file?

A file with the file extension CR2 is a Canon Raw version 2 image file created with a Canon digital camera. As it is based on the TIFF file specification, it is usually of high quality and uncompressed size.

A 3D modeling program called Poser also uses CR2 files. However, instead of storing pictures, Poser CR2 files are character rigging files used to store human details such as joints and bones, and information about the position and degree of bending.

Lifewire / Miguel Co

How to Open a CR2 File

Images in this format can be opened with free programs such as IrfanView and UFRaw. In some versions of Windows, you can view CR2 files without additional apps (eg in folder view) only if Microsoft Camera Codec Pack or Canon RAW Codec software is installed.

While it’s certainly not free, another popular program for working with CR2 files is Adobe Photoshop. You can adjust Temperature, Hue, Exposure, Contrast, White, Shadow and more. You can also open and edit files in MAGIX Xara Photo & Graphics Designer.

If you are dealing with a Poser character rigging file, you must use Bondware’s Poser software to open it. Other similar applications like DAZ Studio from DAZ 3D and 3ds Max from Autodesk will also work.

How to Convert CR2 Files

Adobe DNG Converter is a free CR2 to DNG converter tool from Adobe. Not only does it support this format, it also supports many other RAW image file formats created by other types of digital cameras.

If you want to convert to another image format, start with one of the viewers and see what kind of export or save options you have. Common formats such as JPG, TIFF, PNG and GIF are a few examples.

Given the content and origin of the file, it is not surprising that CR2 files can be large. So using an online converter is probably not the best solution because you have to upload every file you want to convert. But if you’re going this route, try the Zamjar.

A better choice is a free software-based file converter. Most of them are easy to use and work with any operating system. Depending on which one you choose, you can convert CR2 to other formats including JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, TGA, BMP and PDF.

You can use the poser program to convert your poser character rigging files. Other programs that can import files can export files to other formats.

Still can’t open it?

If the file does not open at this point, you are most likely reading the file extension incorrectly. Some unrelated file types use similar file extensions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that opening that file will work with the other format.

For example, an RC2 file may appear to be related to a CR2 file, but may instead be a Visual Studio resource type used by Visual Studio.

CRX is similar but is used as a file extension for Chrome browser extensions instead of being associated with image programs.

If your file doesn’t actually use the CR2 file extension, examine the letters and/or numbers that appear after the file name to learn more about the file type and the program you need to open it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are CR2 files compared to JPEG?

    CR2 files are raw image files that store significant amounts of data, ideal for adding elements such as highlights and shadows without making the image appear edited. JPEGs are much smaller images that are better suited for storing and sharing images.

  • What is the difference between CR2 files and TIFF files?

    Since both TIFF and CR2 files are uncompressed, they contain a lot of data, resulting in more detailed images. However, unlike TIFF files, CR2 files must be processed using compatible software, giving you more control over factors such as sharpness, contrast, and saturation.


More information

What Is a CR2 File?

How to open, edit, and convert CR2 files

What to Know
A CR2 file is a Canon Raw Version 2 image file.
Open one with IrfanView, UFRaw, Photoshop, and other photo viewers.
Convert to JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc. with those programs or a converter like Zamzar.

This article explains what CR2 files are, what you need to have installed in order to open one, and how to save the file to a different image format like JPG, DNG, PNG, and others.

What Is a CR2 File?

A file with the CR2 file extension is a Canon Raw Version 2 image file created by a Canon digital camera. They are based on the TIFF file specification, so they’re usually high quality, uncompressed, and large.

The 3D modeling program called Poser uses CR2 files, too. However, instead of storing photos, the Poser CR2 files are character rigging files used to hold information about human details like joints and bones, and where and how much they bend.

Lifewire / Miguel Co How to Open a CR2 File

Images in this format can be opened with free programs like IrfanView and UFRaw. Some versions of Windows will let you view CR2 files without additional apps (for example, in a folder view) but only if the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack or Canon RAW Codec Software is installed.

Although certainly not free, Adobe Photoshop is another popular program used to work with CR2 files. It can adjust the temperature, tint, exposure, contrast, whites, shadows, and more. MAGIX Xara Photo & Graphic Designer may also be able to open and edit the file.

If you’re dealing with a Poser character rigging file, Bondware’s Poser software should be used to open it. Other similar applications work, too, like DAZ 3D’s DAZ Studio and Autodesk’s 3ds Max.

How to Convert a CR2 File

The Adobe DNG Converter is a free CR2 to DNG converter tool from Adobe. It supports not only this format but lots of other raw image file formats that were likely created on other types of digital cameras.

To convert it to a different image format, start with one of the viewers and see what sort of export or save options you have. Common formats like JPG, TIFF, PNG, and GIF are some examples.

Considering what they are and where they come from, it’s no surprise that CR2 files can be large, so using an online converter probably isn’t the best solution because you have to upload each file you want to convert. However, if you do go this route, try Zamzar.

A better bet is a free software-based file converter. Most are easy to use and work on all operating systems. Depending on the one you choose, you’ll find support for converting CR2 to JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, TGA, BMP, and other formats, including PDF.

You may be able to convert a Poser character rigging file using the Poser program. Other programs that can import the file can probably export it to a different format.

Still Can’t Open It?

If your file doesn’t open at this point, there’s a good chance that you’re misreading the file extension. Some unrelated file formats use similar file extensions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their respective file openers work with the other format.

For example, RC2 files look like they could be related to CR2 files, but they might instead be in the Visual Studio Resources format that’s used by Visual Studio.

CRX is similar, but instead of being related to an image program, it’s used as the file extension for Chrome browser extensions.

If your file doesn’t actually use the CR2 file extension, research the letters and/or numbers you see after the filename to learn more about the format it’s in and which program you need to open it.

FAQ

What is a CR2 file vs. JPEG?
CR2 files are raw image files that store a considerable amount of data, which is ideal for bringing in elements such as highlights and shadows without the image appearing edited. JPEGs are much smaller images that are better for storing and delivering images.

What’s the difference between a CR2 file and a TIFF file?
TIFF files and CR2 files are both uncompressed, meaning they contain a lot of data and result in a more detailed picture. However, a CR2 file, unlike a TIFF, must be processed using compatible software, giving you more control over elements such as sharpness, contrast, and saturation.

#CR2 #File

What Is a CR2 File?

How to open, edit, and convert CR2 files

What to Know
A CR2 file is a Canon Raw Version 2 image file.
Open one with IrfanView, UFRaw, Photoshop, and other photo viewers.
Convert to JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc. with those programs or a converter like Zamzar.

This article explains what CR2 files are, what you need to have installed in order to open one, and how to save the file to a different image format like JPG, DNG, PNG, and others.

What Is a CR2 File?

A file with the CR2 file extension is a Canon Raw Version 2 image file created by a Canon digital camera. They are based on the TIFF file specification, so they’re usually high quality, uncompressed, and large.

The 3D modeling program called Poser uses CR2 files, too. However, instead of storing photos, the Poser CR2 files are character rigging files used to hold information about human details like joints and bones, and where and how much they bend.

Lifewire / Miguel Co How to Open a CR2 File

Images in this format can be opened with free programs like IrfanView and UFRaw. Some versions of Windows will let you view CR2 files without additional apps (for example, in a folder view) but only if the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack or Canon RAW Codec Software is installed.

Although certainly not free, Adobe Photoshop is another popular program used to work with CR2 files. It can adjust the temperature, tint, exposure, contrast, whites, shadows, and more. MAGIX Xara Photo & Graphic Designer may also be able to open and edit the file.

If you’re dealing with a Poser character rigging file, Bondware’s Poser software should be used to open it. Other similar applications work, too, like DAZ 3D’s DAZ Studio and Autodesk’s 3ds Max.

How to Convert a CR2 File

The Adobe DNG Converter is a free CR2 to DNG converter tool from Adobe. It supports not only this format but lots of other raw image file formats that were likely created on other types of digital cameras.

To convert it to a different image format, start with one of the viewers and see what sort of export or save options you have. Common formats like JPG, TIFF, PNG, and GIF are some examples.

Considering what they are and where they come from, it’s no surprise that CR2 files can be large, so using an online converter probably isn’t the best solution because you have to upload each file you want to convert. However, if you do go this route, try Zamzar.

A better bet is a free software-based file converter. Most are easy to use and work on all operating systems. Depending on the one you choose, you’ll find support for converting CR2 to JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, TGA, BMP, and other formats, including PDF.

You may be able to convert a Poser character rigging file using the Poser program. Other programs that can import the file can probably export it to a different format.

Still Can’t Open It?

If your file doesn’t open at this point, there’s a good chance that you’re misreading the file extension. Some unrelated file formats use similar file extensions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their respective file openers work with the other format.

For example, RC2 files look like they could be related to CR2 files, but they might instead be in the Visual Studio Resources format that’s used by Visual Studio.

CRX is similar, but instead of being related to an image program, it’s used as the file extension for Chrome browser extensions.

If your file doesn’t actually use the CR2 file extension, research the letters and/or numbers you see after the filename to learn more about the format it’s in and which program you need to open it.

FAQ

What is a CR2 file vs. JPEG?
CR2 files are raw image files that store a considerable amount of data, which is ideal for bringing in elements such as highlights and shadows without the image appearing edited. JPEGs are much smaller images that are better for storing and delivering images.

What’s the difference between a CR2 file and a TIFF file?
TIFF files and CR2 files are both uncompressed, meaning they contain a lot of data and result in a more detailed picture. However, a CR2 file, unlike a TIFF, must be processed using compatible software, giving you more control over elements such as sharpness, contrast, and saturation.

#CR2 #File


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