High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIC) is a file format for individual images and image sequences. It was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and is used by Apple in their iOS 11 and later. Although it’s a relatively new format and offers advantages like improved image quality and less storage space compared to traditional formats like JPEG, not all platforms support it yet.
If you’re a Mac user, you might find it difficult to view or use your HEIC images on other devices or platforms due to this compatibility issue. The solution is to convert these HEIC images into a widely accepted format like JPG. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to do just that.
Method 1: Using Preview
Preview, the default image viewer on Mac, not only allows you to open and view images but also convert them into different formats.
- Open the HEIC image with Preview.
- Click on the File menu and select Export.
- In the export window, select JPEG from the Format dropdown menu.
- Click Save.
Method 2: Using Automator
Automator is a robust tool provided by Apple that allows you to automate repetitive tasks. You can use it to create a workflow for converting HEIC images to JPG.
- Open Automator and select New Document.
- In the new document, select Workflow.
- In the workflow window, search for ‘Change Type of Images’ in the actions panel and double-click it to add it to the workflow.
- In the added action, select JPEG from the dropdown menu and save the workflow.
# This is how the Automator workflow should look like: # 1. Get Specified Finder Items # 2. Change Type of Images
After saving, you can drag and drop your HEIC images onto the workflow and it will automatically convert them to JPEG.
Method 3: Using a Third-party Software
If you often need to convert images in bulk, a third-party software like iMazing HEIC Converter might be a more efficient choice. It’s a free application that allows batch processing of HEIC images into JPEG or PNG formats.
While HEIC format offers various advantages, the lack of universal support can cause inconvenience. Thankfully, with the methods provided above, Mac users can easily convert their HEIC images into a more universally accepted format like JPEG. Always remember to keep a backup of your original images before the conversion process; this ensures that you don’t lose your original files should anything go awry in the process.