How to Convert JPG to PNG

Change your image to PNG so you can manipulate it better

What to Know

  • On Windows, open the JPG in Microsoft Paint, then click File > Save as > PNG > Save.
  • In Photoshop (Windows or Mac), go to File > Save as > Save as type > PNG > Save. Or File > Export > Export As > PNG > Export.
  • In Preview on Mac select File > Export > Export As > Format > PNG > Save.

This article outlines how to convert a JPG to a PNG using Microsoft Paint, Photoshop, and Preview (macOS). It also discusses alternatives including GIMP and online conversion tools.

The Easiest Way to Convert a JPG to PNG on a Windows Computer

If you're using a Windows computer, you already have a built-in tool for converting JPG files to PNG. Microsoft Paint comes pre-installed on Windows computers and using it, you can quickly convert a file from JPG to PNG.

  1. Open the file you want to convert from JPG to PNG in MS Paint and then select File.

    The File option in MS Paint.
  2. In the menu that appears, hover your cursor over the Save as option and then select PNG from the flyout menu that appears.

    The Save As options in the MS Paint program.
  3. In the Save as dialog box, select a location to save the file and type a name for the file and then click Save. Then you'll see MS Paint convert the file.

    The Save As dialog box in MS Paint.

How to Convert a JPG to PNG in Adobe Photoshop CC

If you don't want to use MS Paint on a Windows computer, or if you're on Mac and have Photoshop, that will do that trick for converting JPG to PNG, too. There are a couple of ways to convert JPG files to PNG in Photoshop.

Convert a File in Photoshop Using the Save As Menu

The Save As menu is the easiest way to save a file in Photoshop in a different format than the original.

  1. Open your file in Photoshop and select File.

    The File option in Photoshop.
  2. Select Save As from the flyout menu that appears.

    The Save As option in Photoshop.
  3. In the Save As dialog box that appears, choose a location to save the file, give it a name, and then click the Save as type dropdown menu.

    The Save As dialog box in Photoshop.
  4. From the list of available file types that appears, find and select PNG (*.PNG,*.PNG).

    Don't worry if the display window above the file name changes when you choose the PNG format. That window will only show the files with the same extension as the one you're selecting.

    The PNG option in the File Types list in Adobe Photoshop.
  5. Click Save and your file will be saved in the new format.

    The Save As dialog box in Photoshop CC.

Convert JPG to PNG in Photoshop Using the Export Options

You can also convert JPG Files to PNG during the export process in Photoshop. To do that, choose File > Export > Export As, and in the dialog box that appears, select PNG from the Format dropdown menu. Once you've made your selections, click Export.

The PNG option in the Export As dialog box in Photoshop.

How to Convert JPG to PNG on a Mac Computer

Much like Windows, Mac has a built-in image conversion tool as part of its Preview program. That means converting a JPG to PNG is as easy as a few clicks.

  1. Open your image in Preview and then select File.

    Preview is the default image viewing program on Mac, but if you've changed your default viewer, you can always open the file in Preview by right-clicking the file, then selecting Open With > Preview.

    The File option in Preview on a Mac.
  2. In the menu that appears, select Export.

    The Export option in Preview on a Mac.
  3. In the Export As dialog box, add a name for your image, choose where to save it, and then click the Format menu and select PNG.

    The PNG option in Preview on a Mac.
  4. When you've finished making your selections, click Save and the file will be saved as a PNG.

    The Save option in the Export As dialog box in Preview on a Mac.

How to Make a PNG With Other Image Editing Software

There are plenty of other free image editing applications available that will also convert JPG to PNG files if you need them to. For example, you can use GIMP, to convert an image in much the same way you would use the Export As option in Photoshop. You'll choose Export As, make sure the correct file type (PNG, in this case) is selected, and then click Save.

The same is true for many other programs. In most cases, you'll either have an Export As or a Save As option that will allow you to change the file-type of the image that you're saving.

Using JPG to PNG Converters Online

If you're not interested in using the software that's installed on your computer, or in downloading an image editing file, there are many services online that will allow you to convert your JPG file to PNG. For example, JPG to PNG is a website that lets you upload your JPG files, it will convert them, then you can download the new file.

One note of caution if you plan to use an online converter. Use caution about the site you choose to convert your JPG file to PNG. Some unsavory sites will use the conversion as a means of injecting malware into the file you download with the goal of infecting your computer so they can gain control of it or use it to push out malware to others. Only use online conversion tools from sources you trust.

JPG vs PNG Image Files

PNG files are lossless, so they don't lose quality over time. They can also have transparent backgrounds. JPG files are lossy, which means that each time the image is saved, you lose a bit of quality. So, sometimes a PNG format is better, depending on how you're going to use the image.