How To Extract Images From PDF Files & Save Them For Other Uses [Windows]

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extract images from pdfThe Portable Document Format (PDF) is often the preferred medium for exchanging documents across the web. But sometimes, it creates more “problems” than it solves.

For instance, I am a voracious user of Slideshare, and sometimes I like to save a neat illustration or graphic for my personal use. Then there are some professional reports which come packaged as a PDF and you might come across the need to use a graphic from there in a presentation.

We had taken an earlier look at 6 Ways To Convert A PDF To A JPG Image. But over here, I am looking for something specific – extracting images only from PDF files. The solutions offered in the previous article are full-fledged converters. Here, the focus is more pinpointed.

Let’s check out a few ways to extract images from PDF files.

The Manual Way

Extracting images from PDF files is not a problem if you have the commercial Adobe Acrobat. It allows you to extract all the images (in multiple image formats) in a PDF file with a single click. Some free PDF readers like the earlier reviewed Nitro PDF Reader also have this feature. If you have the free Adobe Reader installed, then you have to slog it out by either using the Print Screen button on an individual image or using the Take a snapshot feature from the Edit menu. In both cases, you have to paste the copied image from the clipboard into a graphic editor.

The Photoshop Way

Okay, Adobe Photoshop isn’t a free product, but some of us do have it installed because it is the Big Daddy when it comes to image editors. Photoshop allows you to open a PDF document and start importing the text or the images in it. The Import PDF dialog appears as below:

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You can select the images you want to extract. Click on OK and then save (or edit) the image as you would normally do. CorelDRAW also offers a similar functionality.

The Freeware Way

Well, you don’t need to get thumbprints on the Print Screen button or plonk down serious case on Photoshop if you regularly extract images from PDF files. Let’s bring up Some PDF Image Extract for the job at hand.

The 885 KB free software runs on Windows and is very handy for extracting image files from PDF documents. Plus, it comes with a few bells and whistles that give some control over what you are going to pull out from the PDF file. Installation is a breeze; just be careful to deselect the option which asks you to install the Blekko search engine as an option (i.e. if you want).

The interface of Some PDF Image Extract looks like this and using the image extractor doesn’t need you to consult any help file (though there is one).

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Some PDF Image Extract allows you to extract images from PDF files by using any or all of the following features…

1. The free software can batch process PDF files and extract their images in individual folders in one go. If you have more than one PDF file to work on, this is a time saver.

2. Some PDF Image Extract comes with image format options (JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIF, TGA, and PCX). In case of the JPG output option, you can also control the quality of the extracted image.

3. You can choose the page range as well as an individual page if you want to extract only specific images from the file.

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4. Some PDF Images Extract can work with password protected PDF-files too. The conversion tool has a field where you can key in the password during conversion.

Some PDF Image Extract does its conversion bit quite rapidly and smoothly. It works with Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista, and probably Windows 7 too though I haven’t tested it out on that.

PDF image extraction has quite a few uses. What are yours? How do you extract images from PDF files? Tell us your choice of method.

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Comments (20)
  • Francisco Barrau

    PkpdfConverter is working for me fine. I use win 7 and it not even install. Is a Windows Graphical User Interface for XPdf and PdfToHtml Tools. Extracts images from pdf to jpg and saves it in a directory. Very simple and very good!!

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/pkpdfconverter/?source=typ_redirect

    Sourceforge has always a lot of good and free software.

  • Hugh Beaumont

    If you are extracting images from a scanned document (like a book for instance), every page is an “image”. So I don’t know how to capture the “pictures” in the book without doing a screen shot, then paste, then crop, of each picture individually.

    • Saikat

      In Chrome, you can use the “Inspect Element” to selectively download the “pages” as image file. Under Inspect Element, go to Resources and select Images. You will find it under “Frames” from the left sidebar. Works with Google Books. I haven’t tested it with others.

  • Kojak

    I just scanned a sheet into pdf, I needed jpg instead. So I opened the pdf it in a good text editor and copied the data between stream and endstream texts. Got back my jpg.

  • MH

    Thanks for your article! I needed to extract the images of scanned pdf files to determine the dpi – everything I could find online on that subject were tips like “use adobe pro”, which is not really useful for somebody who does not own the pro version. Thanks to your article I found nitro pdf and used it to extract the images. It worked like a charm.

    • Saikat

      Yes, determining the DPI is a common use. Glad it helped :)

  • gdggedgdr

    Some PDF Image Extract wasn’t free. Thanks for making me install trash.

    • Saikat

      It was free when this article was written. This one is almost three years old. Nothing stays free forever.

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