SVG (scalable vector graphics) are basically XML files that contain information about how the graphics are to be drawn on the screen. These files can contain geometrical figures, text and external resources (other image files). JPG images on the other hand are raster images which contain the information about pixels. JPG files do not depend on any external resources or content. This is why some people want to convert their SVG images into JPG image files.
Fortunately, we can do this very easily using the open-source image editor GIMP. For this, GIMP has to be installed on your computer. GIMP can be downloaded from https://www.gimp.org/downloads/.
Here is how we can quickly and easily convert any SVG image into a JPG image:
- Right-click on the SVG image file and choose Open with GIMP. Alternatively, you can also first launch GIMP, press Ctrl+O and then select the SVG file to be opened.
- When asked by GIMP for rendering the vector graphics, use the default values and click OK. But you might want to tinker with resolution if needed.
- From the menubar, select File and then Export As.
- In the file name textbox, type the name of file with extension JPG. Then click on the OK button.
- When asked about the quality of JPG file, choose 100% quality and then click on Export button.
- Now you have the JPG file created from the original SVG image file.
Possible data loss could occur if the external content present in the SVG image is no longer present or accessible. Some of the SVG contain external resources which are accessible only when the system is online. Some SVG could contain resources accessed from behind password protected areas of a website. If for reasons these resources are not available, then the JPG file would not contain them. We can easily prevent such loss of content inside the SVG by converting it quickly into JPG as soon as it was retrieved from the internet.