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Convert your PCX file to DDS

Convert image files with our easy-to-use and free tool. Our tool lets you upload a PCX (Picture Exchange) file and, from this, create a new image saved in the DDS (DirectDraw Surface) format that you can then download and edit within image file editors or use for high-definition printing applications. Our conversion tool can also batch convert multiple PCX image files; up to 25 files at a time can be converted.

Along with converting PCX image files to DDS, our tool allows you to also adjust the image with some simple effects, such as applying a grayscale filter to the image. These additional options are available within the Options tab. Along with grayscale, you can also mirror or flip the image if needed. For single PCX file uploads, you will also see options to resize and rotate your image.

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How to Convert your PCX to DDS Online?

Here are two simple steps to convert your PCX to DDS.

Upload a PCX

Click the "Upload a PCX File" button and select a PCX to upload. The maximum file size is 100MB.

Download your DDS

Click the download link once completed to receive your DDS file.

PCX to DDS Conversion Options

Rotation

This option can be used to rotate the image in 90° increments.

Flip Vertically

When selected, this option will flip the image vertically.

Mirror Horizontally

When selected, this option will mirror the image horizontally.

Greyscale Image

When checked, this will apply a grayscale filter to the image, turning any color image into a grayscale image.

Negative Image

When checked, this will apply a negative filter to the image, inverting all the colors within the image.

File Format Information for PCX to DDS

ExtensionPCX
Full NamePicture Exchange
TypeImage
Mime Typeimage/x-pcx
FormatBinary
ToolsPCX Converters, Create Cookie Cutter, PCX Viewer

Description

The PCX file format is a legacy image file format originally released in 1985 by ZSoft Corporation. It was the native file format for the PC Paintbrush application and soon became one of the standard image formats for DOS.

The format uses an indexed palette method for storing color information and supports formats starting at 1-bit-per-pixel (bpp) through to 8-bpp, though support for 24-bit color was added later on. Image files based on the PCX format can still be found today and are supported by a limited number of modern applications.

ExtensionDDS
Full NameDirectDraw Surface
TypeImage
Mime Typeimage/vnd-ms.dds
FormatBinary
ToolsDDS Converters, Create Cookie Cutter, DDS Viewer
Open WithPaint.NET

Description

The DDS file format was introduced by Microsoft in 1999 and 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 and was easy for the GPU to decompress in real-time. The format is still used, and there are some third-party image editors that are compatible with it.

Comparing PCX and DDS Features

 

PCX Features

  • Supports Lossy Compression
  • Supports Non Lossy Compression
  • Supports Transparency
  • Supports Color Palettes
  • Supports Monochrome (1-Bit)
  • Supports 16 Colors (4-Bit)
  • Supports 256 Colors (8-Bit)
  • Supports 16 Million Colors (24-Bit)

DDS Features

  • Supports Lossy Compression
  • Supports Non Lossy Compression
  • Supports Transparency
  • Supports Color Palettes
  • Supports Monochrome (1-Bit)
  • Supports 16 Colors (4-Bit)
  • Supports 256 Colors (8-Bit)
  • Supports 16 Million Colors (24-Bit)

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I convert my PCX file to DDS?

First click the "Upload..." button, select your PCX file to upload. Select any configuration options. When the PCX to DDS conversion has completed, you can download your DDS file straight away.

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

We aim to process all PCX to DDS conversions as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds but can be more for larger more complex files so please be patient.

How accurate is the PCX to DDS conversion?

We aim to create the most accurate conversions with our tools. Our tools are under constant development with new features and improvements being added every week.

Is it safe to convert my PCX to DDS on ImageToStl.com?

Yes, of course! We do not store the PCX file you submit to us. The resulting DDS file, once created is deleted 15 minutes after upload and the download link will expire after this time.

Can I convert my PCX to DDS on Windows, Linux, Android, iOS or Mac OS?

Yes! Our PCX to DDS tool will run on any system with a modern web browser. No specialist software is needed to run any of our conversion tools.

What if I am using an Ad Blocker, will that affect things?

Yes. Although you can use an Ad Blocker, if you like our PCX conversion tool please consider white-listing our site. When an Ad Blocker is enabled there are some conversion limits on some of our tools and processing/conversion times will be longer.

Can I get support with converting my PCX to DDS?

Yes. When you have converted your PCX to DDS, there is a "Feedback" option that you can use to let us know of any issues you encountered when converting your file.

I have several PCX files; can I batch convert my PCX to DDS?

Yes! Our PCX tool supports full batch conversions. You can upload up to 25 and PCX files at a time. Our tool will convert them all as quickly as possible. Once completed, you can either download the DDS files individually or download them all in a single ZIP file.

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