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Opening cr2 files

Have a problem opening a .cr2 file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what cr2 files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .CR2 file type?

The .cr2 filename extension is bound up with the proprietary Canon Raw, Version 2 (CR2) raster graphical image format and file type. CR2 is used to store originally taken photos in a camera's memory in a compressed but otherwise unprocessed state. The CR2 format uses TIFF-like lossless compression.

As the format name implies, a CR2 file is a raw image data as it was given by the camera's sensor. Unlike JPEG, CR2 files generally require a lot of processing before they can be even viewed. Raw .cr2 photo files are generally much larger then their .jpeg counterparts. However, the use of this format provides maximum quality and post-processing room in professional photography.

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Alternatively, the .cr2 extension can be associated with Character files (CR2) used by Poser, an advanced 3D character modeling and animation suite developed by SmithMicro Software, Inc. A CR2 file stores all information specific to a character, including morphs, joints, materials etc.

Software to open or convert CR2 files

You can open cr2 files with the following programs:
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 by Adobe Systems Incorporated
 
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe Photoshop CS2 by Adobe Systems, Inc.
 
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Adobe Systems Incorporated
 
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Adobe Photoshop CS3 by Adobe Systems Incorporated