Tips to Convert PDF Document to Image Files (jpeg,png,gif)

You might have seen users many times converting a PDF document to an image file; however, do you really understand the reason behind it? At times, the entire PDF document might not work or you just need a few images from the PDF document; in such cases, it is good to perform such conversion. Now, it comes to a solution that could provide a successful and accurate conversion. The post provides you various ways for converting PDF document to image files along with the steps to perform to accomplish the task; go through the following.

Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Launch Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Open PDF document in Adobe Acrobat.
  • In the menu, click 'File'; from the displayed list, click 'Save as'.
  • In the appeared dialog box, specify a name for your document, and then choose JPEG, JPEG2000, TIFF, or PNG in the 'Save as type'.
  • Click 'Save'

The image of the selected type will be saved at the desired location on your computer. Note that the free version of Acrobat will not convert the document.
Google Docs
  • Open Google Docs; enter your account credentials to log in.
  • Click the Upload button represented by an arrow next to 'Create'.
  • An Upload Settings window will appear; select all the checkboxes to convert the PDF file to a document that can be edited.
  • Click the 'Start Upload' button.
  • In the opened file, click Google's File menu (note that this File menu is not the one available in main menu bar.)
  • Select 'Download as', and then select 'Microsoft Word'. Your PDF will be saved as a .docx Word file.

You are now done with a successful conversion using Google Docs.
Preview on Mac
  • On Mac, launch preview. In the menu, click 'File', click 'Open', and then browse to the target PDF file to open it.
  • Locate the document that has to be converted to an image. Know that only current page will be exported by Preview.
  • In the menu, click 'File', and then click 'Export' to export the page.
  • Apply setting for graphics format. A Save window will appear, and then set the location for file.
  • Go to the 'Format' menu; select the format that you want.
  • You can now adjust the quality of Output. You will be provided with a few options, such as resolution and compression quality. The options depend on the selected format. You can set the options as per your requirements.
  • Click 'Save' button. Your document is now saved.

Photoshop on Mac
  • In the Finder, select unopened PDF file. Select it by clicking just once; make sure that you do not open the file.
  • Go to the menu, click 'File', and then select 'Open With >'. With this, you will be provided with various applications to open the PDF file.
  • Select a photo editing application that is installed on your computer.
  • Select Images by clicking the associated radio button.
  • Select a picture that has to be imported.
  • Click 'OK'. When the file opens, you can save, edit, or crop it, depending on your requirement.

Note that you can use Photoshop on PC also.
Screenshots or Snipping Tool

If you are, for some reason, not able to use any of the above methods, you can try taking a snapshot on your Mac. On the other hand, on Windows, it is good to use inbuilt Snipping Tool for converting a PDF document to JPG image file. However, there is no assurance of top class quality, but it is assured that you will get a JPG image as a result.

You can capture the Screenshot on Mac as follows:
  • Press “Command + Shift + 4″ using keyboard, it will activate the screenshot function.
  • When a small cursor appears instead of mouse cursor, drag the cursor to any location around PDF that is to be captured. The screenshot will be captured and saved on the desktop. Its name will be specified according to time and date when it was created.

Use Snipping Tool on Windows as follows:
  • Go to Programs, and then Accessories. Look for the Snipping Tool, and once found, open it. You can also use Windows search bar to open the tool.
  • When the tool is opened, click the arrow that is visible next to 'New'.
  • Select the type of snip that you find better from dropdown, such as full-screen, rectangular, etc.
  • Drag the cursor to any location around the PDF that has to be captured. You will see a new window with the selection.

However, it is important to let you know that you can convert the PDF document to JPG images with the above steps.
Therefore, you are now aware of all the methods that will offer an effective PDF to image file conversion. Make sure to carry out the task attentively.


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