By Megon VenterThu. 09 Nov. 20233min Read

How to Extract Images from a PDF

Discover how to easily extract images from a PDF using our advanced tools that allow one or multiple image exports.
How to Extract Images from a PDF

While the text is readily accessible, extracting images from a PDF can be a valuable endeavor in various situations. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the reasons why you might want to extract images from a PDF, share best practices for extracting these images effectively, and address frequently asked questions to ensure you have all the tools you need.

Megon Venter
B2B SaaS Content Writer
Megon is a B2B SaaS Content Writer with 7 years of experience in content strategy and execution. Her expertise lies in the creation of document management tutorials and product comparisons.

How to Extract Images from a PDF on Windows

Pull images from PDF files using our PDF Reader's flexible software for editing content on your app for Windows. 

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Step 1: Open Your PDF Document

Click "Open File" or drag your file into the drop zone.

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Step 2: Right-Click on Image

The drop-down menu will give you the option to extract the image.

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Step 4: Alter Export Settings

Click the "Extract" button to finish processing.

You can also check our recommendations on How to Extract Pages from a PDF.

How to Extract Images from a PDF on Mac

Easily extract images from PDF files using our full-featured software and batch solutions on your Mac operating system. 

Step 1: Open Your Document 

Click "Open File" or drag your file into the Home screen.

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Step 2: Click "Converter"

This will show you more export options on the menu setup.

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Step 3: Click "Extract Images"

Select whether to extract a single image or more.

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Step 4: Select Pages for Extraction

Click the "Extract" button to commence extraction of images.

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Reasons to Extract PDF Images

There are a multitude of reasons to use the image extraction feature as the most elegant solution to your needs. 

  1. Multimedia Content Reuse: Extracting high-res images allows you to reuse graphics in other documents, presentations, or projects, saving you time and effort in recreating them.

  2. Enhancing Presentations: For professionals and students, extracted images and our image editing tools can be incorporated into presentations, offering visual support to your content.

  3. Image Quality Enhancement: Extracted image file types may be of higher quality than those obtained from copying and pasting directly from a PDF, preserving the visual integrity of the content.

  4. Editing and Modification: Extracted images can be edited and modified using image editing software to meet your specific needs, such as cropping, resizing, or retouching.

  5. Archiving Visual Content: Extracting images allows you to archive and organize visual content from PDFs, making it easier to find and reference in the future.

  6. Collecting Reference Material: Researchers and academics often extract images from academic papers and journals for reference in their own work.

You can also check our recommendations for extracting tables from a PDF.


Best Practices for Extracting Images from a PDF

Here are the best practices for efficient extraction of content from a PDF using offline solutions or online software:


  1. Use Dedicated Software: Utilize specialized PDF extraction software or image converter tools designed for image extraction. 

  2. Check Copyright and Licensing: Before extracting and using images from a PDF document viewer ensure you have the right to use them, especially if they are subject to copyright or licensing restrictions.

  3. Identify the Image Format: Determine the image format used in the PDF (e.g., JPEG, PNG, TIFF). Knowing the format helps you choose the right extraction method and maintain image quality.

  4. Use the Right Extraction Method:

    • Manual Selection: Use your PDF software to manually select and extract images one by one.
    • Batch Extraction: For multiple images from documents, seek software that offers batch extraction capabilities.
    • Export as Images: Some PDF software allows you to export the entire PDF as image files, including text and graphical elements.
  5. Choose the Appropriate Image Resolution: When extracting images, select the appropriate resolution or quality level to suit your needs. Higher resolutions are essential for printing or detailed work, while lower resolutions are suitable for web use.

  6. Organize and Name Extracted Images: Name and organize the extracted images into folders or original document categories for easy retrieval and reference. Using descriptive filenames is beneficial.

  7. Verify Image Integrity: After extraction, verify the integrity of the extracted images. Ensure they have not been altered or damaged during the process. 

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Extracting Images from a PDF: FAQs

Let's address some frequently asked questions about extracting images from PDF content:


Can I extract images from a secured or password-protected PDF?

Extracting images from secured or password-protected PDFs is possible if you have the necessary permissions to access the content. If the PDF is restricted, you may need to enter the password before extraction.


How do I extract images that are part of a larger image, like a scanned photograph or diagram? 

Images that are part of a larger image, such as scanned photographs, are challenging to extract individually. In such cases, consider using image editing software to crop or extract the specific section you need.


Can I extract vector graphics or text as images from PDF content?

Yes, you can extract vector graphics or text as images, but the quality may vary. To maintain vector data or text as editable elements, consider using vector-based PDF extraction tools.


What is the best image format to choose when extracting images from a PDF?

The best image format depends on your intended use. JPEG is suitable for photographs, while PNG is better for images with transparency. TIFF is ideal for high-quality, lossless images.


Are there free or open-source tools for extracting images from PDFs?

Yes, there are free and open-source tools available, such as Inkscape, that can help you extract images from PDFs without the need for paid software.


Can I extract images from scanned PDF file forms with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) text? 

Yes, you can extract images from scanned PDFs, even if they contain OCR text. Image extraction tools typically allow you to select images separately from the OCR-processed text.


Are there size limitations for image extraction from PDFs?

While there may be practical limitations based on your device's available memory, there are typically no specific size limitations for image extraction from PDFs. Larger images may take longer to process.


Can I extract images with transparency from a PDF file?

Yes, images with transparency, such as PNGs, can be extracted from a PDF while retaining their transparent background. This is particularly useful for graphics, logos, or images with non-rectangular shapes.


Is there a way to preserve the original image resolution when extracting images from a PDF? 

Yes, you can preserve the original image resolution by ensuring that the extraction software is set to capture images at their full, native resolution.


Can I extract images from password-protected or encrypted PDFs without the password? 

Extracting images from password-protected or encrypted PDFs without the password is usually not possible. You'll need the password to access the content and extract the images.



The ability to extract images from PDFs offers a gateway to a visually rich world of content. Whether you're a designer seeking inspiration, a researcher compiling references, or a student enhancing your presentations, image extraction empowers you to make the most of visual information.


By understanding the reasons to extract images, following best practices, and addressing common questions, you can confidently navigate the process. As you unlock the visual treasures hidden within PDF files, you'll discover the endless possibilities for reusing, enhancing, and archiving visual content in your personal and professional endeavors. 

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