How to work with HEIC image files for easier sharing.

Share your best photos quickly and easily. Save your HEIC images as JPGs, and then convert them into PDF files so everyone can open them.

You snap a photo on your new iPhone and notice the phone saved the picture as a HEIC file. This image format is great for photography, but few apps and devices support it. The solution to this problem is simple — save your HEIC image as a JPG and then convert it to an easily shareable PDF.

Read on to learn more about HEIC files and what you can do to make sharing them easier.

What is a HEIC file?

The High Efficiency Image Container (HEIC) is a recent image file format. It was developed in 2017 and all iPhones and Mac computers have supported it since.

HEIC is a useful picture format for both the hobbyist and the professional photographer. It preserves high image quality while being only half the size of a traditional JPEG image. But there’s a downside — few devices and apps outside of Apple products can open HEIC image files, making sharing them difficult. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to this problem.

Save as a JPG, convert into a PDF.

You can make HEIC files universally accessible by saving them as JPGs. On a Mac, open a HEIC image file in the Preview app, select File > Export, and change the file type. On an iPhone, copy the images in the Photos app and paste them to another folder in the Files app.

But it can still be difficult to share multiple JPGs at once — unless you convert them into PDFs. PDFs work on any device and can include multiple pictures in one file.

To easily convert JPG images into a PDF, follow these three steps:

  1. Navigate to the Adobe Acrobat online PDF converter with your web browser.
  2. Click Select A File or drag your image file into the converter.
  3. Download your new PDF file after the converter is done.

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