Why Should I Convert HEIC Photos Before Printing?

I have been reading about HEIC vs. JPG, and I believe the only definite advantage of HEIC is that it takes less space. But I'm wondering which one is better for printing. Why should I convert HEIC photos before printing, and how can I convert my HEIC images?

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Myra· Answered on Apr 15, 2024

The biggest reason why you should convert HEIC photos before printing is that the HEIC format uses a different color profile, which is not applied by most printers and may cause inaccurate production.

Most photo printers use sRGB, a widely used color profile designed to be compatible with most printers, monitors, and web browsers. Meanwhile, HEIC images use the Display P3 color space, which has a wider range of colors than sRGB. Therefore, if you print a HEIC file, the colors of the production may be oversaturated or washed out, depending on the printer's capabilities.

In all, to ensure the accuracy of the print copy, it is better to convert HEIC photos to the JPG format, which uses the sRGB color profile, before you print photos out. If you don't know how to convert the photo's format, you can install and try EaseUS MobiMover. It is a professional photo converter that can change the format of your images from HEIC to JPG in minutes. Also, it can back up your iPhone pictures to your computer or external hard drive to save space.

Using EaseUS MobiMover to convert HEIC format is easy:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover on your computer and choose HEIC to JPG from the left panel.

Step 2. Click Browse and select the HEIC photos you want to convert. Drag-and-drop photos here also work.

Step 3. Click Convert/Start All to start the process. After it is complete, you can click View to check the JPG files.

Bonus: You can also turn off HEIC on your Apple devices so that your pictures will not be saved as HEIC in the future.

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings and find Camera.
  • From the Camera page, locate Formats.
  • Change the format from High Efficiency to Most Compatible.
  • Then, HEIC is turned off on your iPhone.

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