How to Extract Images from PDF


Are you still troubled by how to extract images from PDF? This is different from the tool PDF to JPG that we often use. We don't need to turn all PDF pages into images, but only some images in the whole file.

If you are still looking for a method on how to extract images from PDF, then please read this article carefully. I will recommend 6 methods for extracting images from PDF files. Hope they can help you.

Part 1. Extract Images from PDF Using Free Online Tools

There are many types of online tools. Part of the function of extracting images is placed in PDF to JPG, while some PDF converters have a single feature of extracting images directly. Below we will mainly introduce iLovePDF PDF to JPG, PDF Candy Extract images from PDF and PDFaid Extract Images From Pdf Online.

1. iLovePDF

iLovePDF is a free all-in-one online PDF converter, but there are restrictions on the file size (up to 15MB). It can run on any devices and systems, such as macOS, Windows, etc., as long as your device can connect to the network. But in iLovePDF, you can only extract images as JPG format.

Step 1. Head into iLovePDF and go to PDF to JPG. Note that you are not to convert the whole PDF file into a bunch of JPG images.

Step 2. Now you are able to upload a PDF file from your local computer, or directly drag and drop it for uploading. Besides, you can select the PDF file from Google Drive and Dropbox as iLovePDF has integrated with them.

Step 3. As you can see, there are two options on the right side of the webpage and your PDF file is in the middle of the page. You can add more files now or change the orientation of your PDF file. Finally, make a tick on the second option EXTRACT IMAGES and click on the Convert to JPG icon.

iLovePDF Extract Images

2. PDF Candy

The second free all-in-one PDF converter is PDF Candy. In addition to PDF to JPG, it has an independent feature for extracting images called Extract images from PDF. Users can directly click this feature to extract images from PDF files. Thanks to PDF Candy, we do not need to download any software or plug-in for further manipulation.

Step 1. Navigate to PDF Candy and scroll down to the bottom of the homepage, you will see a tool called Extract images, and besides is a tool called Extract texts. They are different, so do not make a mistake.

PDF Candy Extract Images

Step 2. You are allowed to upload the source PDF file from Google Drive and Dropbox, too. If your file is saved in the local computer, just click the Add file(s) button to upload it.

Step 3. However, this tool will automatically identify the pictures in the file and extract them automatically, so you don't need to make sure again, then you will reach the download page, and you only need to download the file.

PDF Candy Extract Images Processing

3. PDFaid

PDFaid is probably the only one of the three recommended online tools that doesn't look so good and has ads, but it is the only tool that allows us to choose the output format of the extracted images. You can choose to save the images as JPG, PNG, GIF or BMP format.

Step 1. Open one of your modern web browsers and go to PDFaid ExtractImages.

Step 2. You will see a blue button with the words SELECT PDF FILE in it, that's the only way that you can upload our PDF file.

PDFaid Extract Images Upload

Step 3. Scroll down, there is an Output format option, here you can pick JPG, PNG, GIF and BMP as the output format.

PDFaid Extract Images Output Format

Step 4. After you have picked the output format, the green EXTRACT IMAGES button will be able to be clicked, then you click it and wait for the extraction is done. Finally, download the images.

PDFaid Extract Images Download

Part 2. Other Ways to Extract Images from PDF

1. Adobe Acrobat Pro

For those who already installed Adobe Acrobat Pro, I would suggest you use this professional PDF software directly. With Adobe, it would be very easy to extract images, and you don't need an Internet connection to complete the manipulation.

Step 1. Run Adobe Acrobat Pro, click on Tools, and you will see a lot of tools here, then select Export PDF.

Adobe Acrobat Pro Export PDF

Step 2. Now on the left side, upload the PDF file that you want to extract the images from. Then select Image, and you will see that you can save your images as JPEG, jPEG 2000, PNG, and TIFF. If you need further options, click on the small Setting icon behind each image format. Then, click on Export all images.

Adobe Acrobat Pro Extract Images

Adobe Acrobat Pro Extract Images Settings

Step 3. When you confirm all the settings, click on the Export icon to get the images extracted. Now you should select a location and rename the files for your images.

2. Adobe Photoshop

If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop can also extract images from a PDF file. If you haven't installed it yet, you can apply for a trial first.

Step 1. Run Photoshop and upload your PDF file as you would normally upload an image file. Photoshop will then pop up a dialog box asking you how you want to import this PDF file. To extract photos from your PDF file, select "Images".

Photoshop Extract Images

Step 2. Now you can see thumbnails of all the images in the PDF file. You can directly click the corresponding image to extract. If you need to select multiple images, press Ctrl and select the pictures you want to extract at the same time.

Photoshop Extract Images

Step 3. Now all the images should be opened in Photoshop. Click on File > Save as and select the output image format for your images. Each image should be saved separately.

3. Take A Screenshot

If you only need to extract few pictures, then you can directly save the screenshot of this picture and save it as PNG format. This method is very simple, but the output quality of the picture may not be as high as the methods mentioned above.

For Windows users, you can download WinSnap, which is a tool that supports multiple screenshot methods and is free to use. The installation process is also very simple.


For Mac users, the system has various screenshot shortcuts. If you are not sure how to take a screenshot, you can check out How to Screenshot on a Mac, which will have a detailed introduction.


"As long as you pick the right tool for extracting images, it will become very easy. If you need to compress the extracted images, you can choose to use TinyPNG, a website that can be used without registration. It can compress pictures in multiple formats with a simple process."

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