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Free Online DDS to PNG Converter

Please note: Your DDS file, once uploaded to our server will be deleted 1 hour after upload so please download your converted DDS file before this time.

How to Convert your DDS to PNG Online?

Here are 2 simple steps to convert your DDS to PNG using our fast and free DDS converter tool.

Upload your DDS file

Click the "Upload a DDS File" button, then select a DDS to upload. The maximum file size is 100MB.

Download your PNG

Click the download link to receive your PNG file.

File format information for DDS and PNG

ExtensionDDS
Full NameDirectDraw Surface
TypeImage
Mime Typeimage/vnd-ms.dds
FormatBinary
Opens WithPaint.Net

The DDS file format was introduced my Microsoft in 1999 intended to be its standard image format for the DirectX 7 3D graphics Api. The format is used to store textures for use within 3D graphics and game environments and can be compressed or uncompressed.

The compression algorithm used by DDS was the previously proprietary S3 Texture Compression which could reduce the image file size down and was easy for the GPU to decompress in real-time. The format is still used and there are some 3rd party image editors that are compatible with the format.

ExtensionPNG
Full NamePortable Network Graphics
TypeImage
Mime Typeimage/png
FormatBinary
Opens WithPaint.Net, Photoshop

The PNG graphics file format is a commonly used format for storing 2D images which can be highly compressed by the use a palette if the image has a sufficiently low number of colors (256 colors in general). The PNG file is then further compressed using the DEFLATE compression algorithm to ensure small file sizes that are fast to download.

PNG files are seen as the logical successor to the GIF image file format and was devised in the mid-1990's as a superior format to GIF. PNG files are generally used for company logos, icons and other non-photographic image content. Saving a digital photo in the PNG format will create a much larger file than an equivalent JPG image hence the PNG format being unsuitable for most digital photo content.

Information for converting from DDS to PNG

Our DDS imaging tool will accurately convert your DDS file into a PNG image file using our high quality internal 2D rendering to create your final PNG ready for download. Your DDS file will be analyzed pixel by pixel in order to produce the most accurate conversion possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I convert my DDS file to PNG?

First click the "Upload..." button, select your DDS file to upload. Your DDS file will be uploaded to our servers. When the DDS to PNG conversion has completed, you can download your PNG file straight away.

How long does it take to convert my DDS to PNG?

We aim to process all DDS to PNG conversions as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds however this can be longer for certain files, so please be patient.

How accurate is the DDS to PNG conversion?

We aim to provide the best conversion experience. Our tools are under constant review and development with new features being added every week.

Is there any loss in quality when converting my DDS file?

If you are converting your DDS file to a format that implements lossy-compression then yes, the quality will be reduced however the loss in quality is usually not noticeable and can result in much smaller file sizes.

Will the conversion affect the resolution of my converted DDS file?

No. When converting your DDS file our tool will not perform any resizing of your image and the resulting file will be the same resolution as your uploaded DDS file.