How to extract images from PDF files

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If you want to use the images embedded in PDFs elsewhere, you can extract the images and save them to a folder. We’ll show you how to do it using two different methods 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 application. With this application, not only can you open PDFs, but you can also extract their media content. This way you can save selected images from a PDF to a folder on your computer.

If you haven’t already, download and install the free Acrobat Reader DC app for Windows 10 or Mac. Then open your PDF with this application.

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

Next, scroll 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 to extract from a PDF in the Acrobat Reader window.

Then right click on the image and select “Copy the image” in the menu.

The selected image is now 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 application and press Ctrl+V to paste the image. Next, click File > Save in Paint’s menu bar to save the image.

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Photoshop offers a custom function to import the contents of a PDF file. With this, you can load your PDF and extract all 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 you want to extract the images from.

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

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


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

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

As for aspect ratio, if you don’t know what to choose, select “PNG”because it works in most cases.

from photoshop "Save as" the window.

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

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