How to View DDS Files in Your Windows 10 PC

DDS stands for DirectDraw Surface and it is an image file format. As it is the most famous compatible image file formats, so you must know how to view DDS files in your Windows 10 PC. In this article, you will get to know the steps to complete this procedure.

Steps to view DDS files in your Windows 10 PC using DDS viewer

DDS Viewer is a freeware software. This software is for launching the Microsoft DirectDraw Surface files.

  1. For opening the files with the software, press on the Download DDS viewer Setup.
  2. It is given on the program download webpage.
  3. Go to the DSS Viewer installed. It helps you add the software to Windows 10 PC.
  4. Open the DDS Viewer program.
  5. After that, choose the DDS file.
  6. It is located on the Open menu.
  7. Press on the Open option.
  8. You can change the size of the DDS file by typing the additional values into the Width and Height columns.
  9. Press on the green tick symbol.
  10. Click on the Rotate Image left and Rotate Image Right option.
  11. This option will help you to rotate the DDS file.

Steps for Adding the NVIDIA texture tools plugin to Adobe Photoshop

  1. You can launch the DDS file by using the alternative NVIDIA Texture Tools.
  2. Press on the Download option.
  3. It is given on the NVIDIA Texture Tools webpage.
  4. After that, press on the 32 or 64 bit Windows for downloading the installer which helps you to install the NVIDIA Texture Tools plug-in which supports the architecture of your computer.
  5. Press on the Photoshop_Plugin installer for installing the plug-in tool.
  6. Once you have installed the plugin option, press on the Filter option given in the Adobe Photoshop.
  7. Choose the NvTools option.
  8. Click on the NormalMapFilter option.
  9. It will launch a new window.
  10. This window contains DDS files many options given in the Adobe Photoshop.

Steps for Converting the DDS File to PNG

  1. Additionally, you can start converting the DDS file to PNG pictures which you can launch with the editing program.
  2. To complete this procedure, go to the Convert DDS to PNG convertor in your browsing application.
  3. Press on the Choose files option to choose the DDS file for converting it.
  4. After that, press on PNG.
  5. It is located in the Target format pull-down menu in case you have not chosen it already.
  6. Click on the Convert Now option.
  7. After that, press on the  Save option for downloading a new PNG.

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