Last Updated on May 8, 2018
Mac users have a query which is the best image screenshot format type? How to change default PNG image to JPG, GIF, PDF. that we capture screenshot on Mac using very easy keyboard shortcuts. Mac doesn’t give an option for saving into target format one we snap or select screen portion using a trackpad or logical mouse. MacOS automatically save into default format and default screenshot save location. Also, review for change default screenshot save location on Mac installed on MacOS Sierra, EI Capitan or Yosemite.
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PNG is a standard format to get High-resolution image but JPEG image screenshot also in good quality. And the other are GIF, PDF file. But on our need and usage, we can save HD resolution picture directly in a preset format.
Bookmark this page for instantly access command line and start snap in another picture format. Given commands work for all the OS X Versions (MacOS Sierra, EI Capitan, Yosemite or other).
Change Screenshot image format on MacOS
First run single line command in Mac terminal, Open terminal from spotlight search (Command + Space) or open from Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
First: Default PNG to JPG file extension
Copy the line below, and press Enter.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg;killall SystemUIServer
Second: PNG to Gif file screenshot
GIF format is low quality for the viewer and not good presentation and professional use.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type gif;killall SystemUIServer
Third: TIFT file
Tag image file format is in very HD resolution, So we can use this image (Rester graphics or Bitmap) in 3D Applications, Medical, Presentations.
Use command below, press return
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type tiff;killall SystemUIServer
Fourth: Convert PDF
Using this command we can use it directly convert into PDF document format without any software on Mac.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type PDF;killall SystemUIServer
Fifth: PDF, TIFT, GIF or JPG to PNG Default
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png;killall SystemUIServer
How to change Taken screenshot image format?
Using default picture viewing software (Preview app) we can change recently captured or existing image’s extension or type on Mac.
Open JPG, PDF, GIF, PNG file on Preview app.
Go to the Menu File > Export > Select targeted file format, Resolution, Location and Done.
For the information: iPhone capture screenshot in PNG and Camera is in JPEG.
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If you won’t able to find where is saved captured screenshot, First change save path on Mac using discussed in the first paragraph.
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