Extract images from a PDF

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Acrobat X provides built in functionality to extract images from a PDF. There are many times when you would want to extract images from a PDF. For example, if you’re a clutz like me, you could have deleted all the image source files.

  1. Open the PDF in Acrobat X.
  2. Choose Tools > Document Processing > Export All Images

  1. Enter a file name, location, and click Save.

For more information see the help topic.

NOTE: If you can’t see the Document Processing panel, in the tools pane, chances are that:

  • You’re trying this in Adobe Reader X. This functionality is not available in Reader X.
  • The panel is hidden. Click the panel fly-out menu indicated by the arrow.


  1. #1 by David on October 23, 2014 - 11:32 pm

    How do I save just 1(one) image from a PDF?
    Using Adobe Acrobat X Pro

    When I select the image (Edit Object) and right click there is no ‘save as’ option, just edit image so I have to go into PhotoShop and save the image from there…

    What am I missing here?

    • #2 by Vikrant on October 27, 2014 - 4:35 pm

      There should be a Save Image As option when you right-click the image using the Selection Tool itself (From the top bar; next to the Hand tool). You do not need to use the “Edit Object” tool.
      – Does the image get selected when you click it (Blue highlight)

  2. #3 by Rebecca on February 6, 2015 - 1:36 am

    Is this feature available in older versions of Adobe Acrobat? Say… Acrobat 8.1?

  3. #4 by GulabSingh on March 5, 2015 - 2:09 pm

    Thanks it really helped alot

  4. #5 by Raneti Tudor on April 26, 2015 - 10:45 am

    Adobe Acrobat XI > tools > document processing > extract all images

  5. #6 by Fabio on May 8, 2015 - 9:32 pm

    Hi, I write click on an image of a large 800-page PDF but no “save image as” Option comes up. I want to also extract a group of images and am able to highlight each of them. However when I right click I get no option to ‘extract pages”. I only see three options in all cases: Print Pages; Reduce Page thumbnails; and Enlarge Page Thumbnails. When I go to File/Properties/Securities I find out that “Page Extraction: Not Allowed”, and “Document Assembly: Not Allowed”.

    What am i doing wrong ? Or, how do I activate the commands in question ?

    Thanks in advance,


  6. #7 by Ellen Pinto on May 27, 2015 - 12:53 am

    Under Tools, Extract is greyed out. I need to separate out 5 different documents that were sent out and signed as one large document. I was the originator. Why is “security” preventing me from breaking this document down into it’s component parts?

  7. #8 by Dianne Fielden on June 2, 2015 - 9:47 pm

    I’m getting an error msg anytime I try to extract more than one page: “incorrect structure was found in the pdf file.” Thanks for any help!

  8. #9 by John Eberhard on July 1, 2015 - 10:03 am

    So how in the hell do you do this in Acrobat DC???????? There is no document processing under Tools now. Maybe some of us like the programs to still be usable when you update them.

  9. #11 by John Eberhard on July 4, 2015 - 12:13 am

    When I do this I do not see any option for images. It only shows Word, rich text, Excel and Powerpoint.

  10. #12 by HappyUser on August 19, 2015 - 4:40 pm

    Thank you! Works like a charm!

  11. #13 by Kanzer on September 9, 2015 - 10:08 pm

    I understand the process to extract image. But in my pdf for example, in a page I have an image cropped to the pdf page size. But when I select it and then I copy then paste it in paint I obtain the image format. With the extract process the conversion cropped the image. How can I extract all image in the pdf using the extract image option in acrobat XI ? thank you for your answer

  12. #14 by Amanda on September 22, 2015 - 11:32 pm

    When I highlight and “save image”, it works fine but I’m looking for a way to change the image to a JPG file instead of BMP. It only has the one option when it’s saved. I’ve looked under my settings but can’t seem to find a way to change the default. Is there a way to change this?

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