How to Convert a Bitmap Image Into a File Format Supported by wikiHow

Two Methods:Using WindowsUsing a Mac



wikiHow's software accepts most image formats used by digital cameras and graphics programs, including GIF, JPEG and PNG. However, Bitmap (BMP) images will need to be converted. Here is how to do this with either a Windows or Macintosh computer:

Method 1
Using Windows

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    Open your file using the Paint application.
    • This can be found under Accessories in the Programs menu.
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    Click on the File menu and select Save as...
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    Click on the pop-down menu for Save as type.
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    Select JPEG or PNG. For most images, JPEG is a good choice.
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    Type in a new name for the file.
    • Be sure to save the new version of the image in the directory of your choice.
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    Click on Save. You are now ready to upload your image to wikiHow.

Method 2
Using a Mac

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    Open your file using the Preview application.
    • This can be found in the Applications folder.
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    Click on the File menu and select Save as...
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    Click on the pop-down menu for Format.
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    Select JPEG or PNG.
    • For most images, JPEG is a good choice.
    • If you select JPEG, you will then see a slider to select image quality. There is usually no need to change this setting.
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    Type in a new name for the file.
    • Be sure to save the new version of the image in the directory of your choice.
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    Click on Save. You are now ready to upload your image to wikiHow.

Tips

  • If your image uses a transparent background layer, you will need to save it as a PNG. This is not a common format for images used on wikiHow.
  • JPEG and PNG files are typically smaller and take less time to upload than GIF files.
  • Be sure to look for the new file when uploading the image to wikiHow. This file will usually end in either .jpg or .png.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer with Windows or Macintosh OS X
  • A Bitmap image

Article Info

Categories: Image Conversion | Using Images