How to Extract Images From A PDF File

The PDF (Portable Document File) has now became the most superior and effective way of document exchange across all web. It has several great features like right protected, password protection and many others.

However, there are some unwelcomed instances when you want some exta features in case of PDF files and you’re left with nothing, which at time can be very frustrating. Specially the case when you need to have the images extracted from the file.

Extracting images from a PDF file is not too complex process if you have the right tool. There are many ways of getting this done.

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How? Well, there any many ways to Extract Images from a PDF file.

Extracting Manually

Extracting images from a PDF file using this method is very simple as you might already be using Adobe Acrobat, NitroPDF or any other PDF viewers.

Applications like Adobe Acrobat allows images to be selected while viewing, once you click on the respective images it will be selected. You now need to copy and paste the image to word or paint using a graphic editor tool. This was quite simple, no?

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There are some other viewers too that do not allows text or images to be selected, in such a case you can opt for a more manual way.

I guess all of us now use Windows 7/8, and you can make use of Snipping tool to RIP images. Open the pdf file using any viewer and zoom the file centering the image to extracted, be attentive on zooming the image as this will decide the image quality.

Once zoomed enough, open the snipping tool by searching for Snipping Tool, and cut out the image using rectangular snip tool. The image can be saved into two formats as JPEG and PNG.

Using Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop can also be used to extract the images from a PDF file. Although it is not a free application still you might be having some previous versions of it installed onto your systems.

You can use it extract the images from PDF, as it allows to import PDF files. To extract, open or import a PDF file to Photoshop, you can now see list of all pages comprising the document. There is also an option of images as you can see in the infographic below.

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Now select all of the images that you wish to be ripped off from the document.

Using Freeware Applications

There are many freeware applications specifically developed for this single purpose of exracting images from a PDF file. This is the most simple way as you will have to do nothing. Just download the specific application and let it do its work for which it is developed. You can use Some PDF Extract for this job.

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It is a very simple and lightweight application of just around 800 KB’s, developed for windows. There are several options to go through the application.

As soon as a PDF file is loaded onto it, it will automatically list all of the images present in the file respective of their page numbers. You can now select the images which needs to be extracted from the file. The extracted images can be saved onto the disk immediately in any one of JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIF, TGA, and PCX formats.

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There are some added functions too. If you want to scan of a particular page or a list of pages, it can also be done. Also, it allows batch processing of the PDF files allowing you to load many files to it and extract the images.


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