How to Convert PDF to Image Files


This wikiHow teaches you how to turn each page of a PDF file into its own image file. You can do this on any computer by using the free PDF to Image website, or you can use specific software on a Windows or a Mac computer. If you have the paid version of Adobe Acrobat Pro, you can use its "Export PDF" feature to turn your PDF into image files.

Part 1
Using PDF to Image

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Go to in your computer's browser. This site allows you to convert entire PDFs into separate JPEG or PNG files.

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Click the PDF to JPG tab to convert your PDF into a JPEG file, or click the PDF to PNG tab to convert your PDF into a PNG file. JPEG files have a smaller file size, but lose quality each time they are opened. PNG files will not lose quality, but are larger files as a result.

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It's a teal button in the middle of the page. This will prompt a File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) window to open.

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In the File Explorer or Finder window, go to the folder in which your PDF is located and click the PDF in question.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so will upload the PDF to the website, which will prompt the PDF to begin converting into image files.

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Each of your PDF's pages will be converted into its own image file. This process can take several minutes for large PDF files.

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It's a grey button at the bottom of the page. This button will appear once the PDF finishes converting; clicking it will download the converted image files in a ZIP folder onto your computer. You can view the image files by opening the ZIP folder, opening the PDF-named folder inside, and selecting each of the images inside of the folder.

Part 2
On Windows

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While Windows 10 doesn't have a built-in way to create an image or a set of images from a PDF file, there is a free app that will do it for you; however, the app can only convert your PDF into JPEG image files. If you want to convert your PDF into a higher-quality set of images, instead.

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Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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This will search your computer for the Store app.

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It's at the top of the Start menu. Doing so opens the Store app window.

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You'll find this in the upper-right side of the Store window.

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Doing so will prompt a drop-down menu with search results to appear below the search bar.

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This black-and-white box with two encircling arrows should be at the top of the drop-down menu.

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It's a button on the left side of the window. The PDF to JPEG app will begin installing. If you've installed this app before, you'll click Install here instead.

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This button appears in the place of the Get button once PDF to JPEG finishes installing. Doing so opens the app.

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It's at the top of the window. Doing so opens a File Explorer window.

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Go to the PDF that you want to open, then click it to select it.

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This is in the bottom-right corner of the window. Your PDF will be uploaded to the PDF to JPEG app.

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It's a the top of the app window.

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Click a folder into which you want to save your converted image files.

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This button is in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so will select your specified folder as the place in which the converted PDF image files will be saved.

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It's at the top of the PDF to JPEG window. This will convert each of the PDF's pages into a separate image file.

Part 3
On Mac

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You can use your Mac's built-in Preview program to convert PDF pages into images, but you can only convert one page at a time.

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Go to the PDF's file location, then click the PDF to select it.

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It's a menu item in the top-left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

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This option is in the drop-down menu. Select it prompts a pop-out menu.

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It's in the pop-out menu. Your PDF will open in Preview. This option may also say Preview.app.

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On the left side of the Preview window, click a page that you want to turn into an image file. You may have to scroll down in order to find the page.

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It's in the top-left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

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You'll find this near the middle of the File menu. This prompts a new window to open.

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It's near the bottom of the window. Doing so opens a drop-down menu.

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In the drop-down menu, click one of the following options: JPEG PNG JPEG-2000 OpenEXR TIFF

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It's at the bottom of the window. Doing so will save your selected page as an image file. You can also enter a file name at the top of this window and then select a folder in which to save the image before you click Save.

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Since you can only convert one page at a time, you'll need to go back and select another page to export from your PDF if you want to convert more than one page into an image.

Part 4
Using Adobe Acrobat Pro

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Do so by opening the white Adobe Acrobat app with the stylized, red A icon, clicking File in the menu bar at the top of the screen, clicking Open..., selecting the PDF document you want to convert to an image, and clicking Open. This will only work with the paid version of Adobe Acrobat Pro. If you haven't purchased Adobe Acrobat, you cannot use this method.

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It's in the upper-left side of the Adobe Acrobat window. On a Mac, click File in the upper-left corner of the screen instead.

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This green icon is in the top row of options here. Doing so opens the Export PDF window. On a Mac, select Export To in the File drop-down menu instead.

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It's in the middle of the page.[1] On a Mac, select Image in the pop-out menu.

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Click the checkbox to the left of the type of image that you want to use. Popular image types include JPEG and PNG. On a Mac, click one of the image types (e.g., PNG) in the pop-out menu, then select a save location when prompted.

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Enter a new name for the file if you like, then click Save at the bottom of the pop-up window. This will save each of your PDF file's pages as its own individual photo.