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How to extract images from PDF files

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If you want to use the images embedded in PDF files elsewhere, you can extract the images and save them in a folder. We’ll show you how to do this in two different ways on Windows 10 and Mac.

Extract images from a PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

An easy and free way to extract images from a PDF is to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC app. With this app, you can not only open PDFs, but also extract their multimedia content. In this way, you can save selected images from PDF to a folder on your computer.

Download and install the free Acrobat Reader DC app for Windows 1

0 or Mac if you haven’t already. Then open your PDF with this app.

When Acrobat Reader opens, click the selection tool (an arrow icon) in the toolbar at the top of the window. You use this tool to select images in your PDF.

Then browse to the page in your PDF where the image you want to extract is located. Click on the image to select it.

Select the image you want to extract from a PDF in the Acrobat Reader window.

Then right-click on the image and select “Copy Image” from the menu.

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The selected image has now been copied to your clipboard. You can now paste this image into any image editor on your computer.

If you are a Windows user, open the Paint app and press Ctrl+V to paste the image. Then click File > Save in Paint’s menu bar to save the image.

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On Mac, open the Preview app and select File > New from Clipboard from the menu bar. Then click File > Save to save the image.

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Your saved image file works just like any other image on your computer. You can add it to your documents, upload it to websites and more.

Use Adobe Photoshop to extract images from a PDF

Photoshop provides a custom function to import the contents of a PDF file. This will allow you to load your PDF and extract all the images from it.

To use this method, first open Photoshop on Windows 10 or Mac. In Photoshop, click File > Open in the menu bar and browse to open the PDF file from which you want to extract images.

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The Photoshop “Import PDF” window opens. In this window, select the “Images” radio button at the top to view all your PDF images.

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Photoshop displays all the images in your PDF files. Click on the image you want to extract. To select multiple images, hold down Shift and click the images.

Once you have selected the images, click “OK” at the bottom of the window.

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Photoshop opens each image in a new tab. To save all these images to a folder on your computer, select File > Close All from the Photoshop menu bar.

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Photoshop will ask if you want to save changes to your images. In this prompt, enable the “Apply to all” option and then click “Save”.

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The next step is Photoshop’s standard “Save As” window. Click the “Save As” box at the top here and enter a name for your image. Then click the “Format” drop-down menu and select a format for your image. Finally, click on “Save” at the bottom of the window. This step must be followed for each image.

As for the image format, if you’re not sure what to choose, select ‘PNG’ as it will work in most cases.


Now the images you selected are free from their PDF prison!

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