How to convert BMP to PDF.

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Learn how to convert a BMP file to a PDF to save space on your computer and make a file easier to share and view on different devices.

Short for Bitmap, a BMP file contains uncompressed image data. It supports both monochrome and color data, making this file format an ideal way to store digital photos.

The BMP format is largely supported on the Windows platform but you can also open BMP files in macOS with Apple Preview. Sometimes, though, you may want to convert BMP to PDF so it can be viewed more easily on various computers and devices. Let’s explore how to create a PDF from a BMP.

Steps to convert BMP to PDF.

You can convert a JPEG, PNG or BMP to a PDF in just a few simple steps with Adobe Acrobat.

  1. Open Acrobat, select Tools and then Create PDF.
  2. Select Single File, then Select a File from the options menu.
  3. Upload your BMP file.
  4. Click or tap on Create. This converts your selected file to a PDF.
  5. Save your PDF to your desired location.

Alternatively, if you’re on the go or away from your desktop, you can use the BMP to PDF converter tools found at Acrobat online services.

How to merge multiple BMP files into one combined PDF.

If you need to merge more than one file to transform into a single PDF, Adobe Acrobat can help you combine your files in no time.

  1. First, convert your BMP files through Acrobat online by clicking the “Select a file” button or dragging and dropping the file into the drop zone.
  2. Select the document you wish to convert to a PDF.
  3. Download your newly converted PDF.
  4. From there, merge your PDF through Acrobat online by clicking the “Select files” button on the Merge page or dragging and dropping files into the drop zone.
  5. Choose the files you wish to merge.
  6. Reorder your files if needed.
  7. Click “Merge files.”
  8. Download your newly combined PDF.

What is a BMP (Bitmap) file?

The BMP file format was developed by Microsoft for its Windows operating systems to keep up the resolution of digital photos on a variety of devices and screens. A BMP file is able to store two-dimensional images in black and white or color. This file type no longer exists solely on Windows devices, but has expanded to be usable on Mac and Android devices. The BMP format was developed to be easily viewed (regardless of what device you are using), to stop images from looking distorted or blurry, and to eliminate the need for a graphics adapter.

What is a BMP file used for?

BMP files are most commonly used for storing high-quality photos and to aid in the photography printing process. This file type comes in a raster format, meaning that images it contains are composed of pixels. This allows BMPs to store images with a wide variety of details and colors, which makes them optimal for high-quality two-dimensional digital photos. Since they are mainly uncompressed, they are able to handle high levels of data.

When printing full color photos, BMP files are an excellent option. Unlike JPEG files, BMPs do not lose data every time you save or make edits to them.

Sharing and space-saving made easy.

BMP files do offer color quality and detail that some other file types may not — however, this may not be the most efficient option for workflow purposes. Once you convert your BMP to a PDF, you not only create a more workable format that's easier to send, but you also save space on your computer or device. You can also make a PDF even smaller by compressing the PDF. With Adobe Acrobat services, you can quickly transform any file into a PDF to easily send and collaborate on content when needed.

Explore what more you can do with Acrobat as you continue to work with PDF files.