Free Online PFM to PNG Converter

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Please note: Your PFM file, once uploaded to our server will be deleted 15 minutes after upload so please download your converted PFM file before this time.

How to Convert your PFM to PNG Online?

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

Upload your PFM file

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

Download your PNG

Click the download link to receive your PNG file.

File format information for PFM and PNG

ExtensionPFM
Full NamePortable float map
TypeImage
Mime Typeapplication/octet-stream
FormatBinary

A PFM (Portable Float Map) file is a type of raster image file format used to store grayscale or color bitmap images with high precision. Unlike many other image formats, PFM files store pixel values as floating-point numbers, allowing for a wide range of values between 0 and 1 or -1 and 1 for each pixel. This high precision makes PFM files suitable for tasks like high dynamic range (HDR) imaging, where pixel values may need to represent a wide range of luminance or color data. PFM files are commonly used in computer graphics and image processing applications.

PFM files consist of a header section and an image data section. The header contains information about the image, such as its width, height, and whether it is in color or grayscale. The image data is stored as a sequence of floating-point values, with each value representing the intensity or color of a pixel. PFM files are known for their simplicity and ease of use, as they do not use complex compression or encoding schemes. This simplicity makes them a preferred choice for certain types of image manipulation tasks.

One of the key advantages of PFM files is their ability to accurately represent high dynamic range images, which contain a wide range of brightness levels. Because PFM files can store floating-point pixel values, they can faithfully capture the subtle variations in luminance or color that are often present in HDR images. This makes PFM files valuable in industries such as computer graphics, visual effects, and photography, where precise image data is crucial for achieving realistic and visually appealing results.

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

PNG files are a widely used graphics file format used in areas where high-quality images (often with transparency) are required while also retaining a small file size. They are one of the most common formats of file used for web and print mediums and are particularly useful for logos, icons, and other images where multi-level transparency is desired.

The format itself was created in the 1990's with the main aim of storing computer graphics in a high-quality format while minimising the required storage space. The longer-term aim was to displace the GIF file format and make PNG the number one format for non-lossy, high-quality image formats on the then-burgeoning world wide web.

One of the selling points of the PNG format is its support for multiple levels of transparency, making it superior to the GIF format, which can only handle a single level of transparency. Also, like GIFs, the PNG format supports palletizing image colors down to 256 or 16 colors to help reduce the file size of the PNG.

Information for converting from PFM to PNG

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I convert my PFM file to PNG?

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

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

We aim to process all PFM 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 PFM 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 PFM file?

If you are converting your PFM 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 PFM file?

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