Extract images from a PDF


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
  3. 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.

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  1. #1 by Alexander on August 17, 2011 - 9:51 am

    Thank You so much for this information

  2. #2 by Steve Susoyev on September 9, 2011 - 9:04 am

    Please help. I’m using Acrobat X at work, in a large international law firm, but we haven’t had training yet, and no one on our help desk has any idea.

    I receive a lot of PDFs that contain maps and other items that Acrobat doesn’t recognize as “images.” For years, in Acrobat 7 through 9, I was able to crop a map, invoke File / Export / Image and choose TIF, JPEG or whatever.

    Where does this function now reside? I’ve read several blog posts and been all over the Help materials, and I don’t find this. All I find is “Document Processing / Export all Images,” but Acrobat doesn’t recognize these things as images, so it doesn’t export them.

    Thank you!

    Steve

  3. #3 by Steve Susoyev on September 9, 2011 - 9:09 am

    It appears as if someone answered my request by saying I was using Reader X. No, I’m using X Pro. When I request, “Export all Images,” I get a message, “Only images that contain bitmap or raster data can be extracted.” Please, please, this is important. To my exployer, anyway. Thanks again.

  4. #4 by Vikrant on September 9, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    Hi Steve,

    From your question, its not very clear what you’re trying to do…but:
    1) Choose Tools > Pages > Crop
    2) File > Save As > Image > [JPEG/TIFF/PNG]

    Will this let you do what you’re trying?

    • #5 by Mario on June 12, 2013 - 4:32 pm

      I had the same problem as Steve Susoyev and Vikrant steps did not work for me (after cropping if I click file save it would save the full page). This is how I managed in the end:
      1) File > Create > PDF for Selection Capture
      Use the provided selection tool and created the PDF. Save the file in Image format.
      Hope this helps

  5. #6 by Capt Creative on December 5, 2011 - 12:07 pm

    I wish I read this half an hour ago! Thanks…

  6. #7 by AdoX on February 19, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    That trick by “Capt Creative on December 5, 2011 – 12:07 pm” is great, but unfortunatelly does not work with some PDF documents, since the exported JPEG files are black. Amazingly, they can be open with Acrobat Pro X v.10.1 and show OK, but when open with any other application (like PowerPoint on a presenation) show black. All black inside. How to fix it? Thanks.

  7. #8 by AdoX on February 19, 2012 - 6:23 pm

    My previous messages had typos. Sorry. Corrected text below:

    That trick by “Capt Creative on December 5, 2011 – 12:07 pm” is great, but unfortunately it does not work with some PDF documents, since the exported JPEG files are black. Amazingly, they can be open with Acrobat Pro X v.10.1 on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and show OK, but when open with any other application (like PowerPoint 2004 on Mac on a presentation) they show black. All black inside the picture. How to fix it? Thanks.

  8. #9 by AdoX on March 24, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    Someone knows how to fix it? Thanks.

    • #10 by Chicaro on March 28, 2012 - 9:58 pm

      Hi AdoX,
      sometimes something strange happens when an image is extracted from a PDF file, and the colors show inverted, in other words, black shows white and viceversa. To fix this you need to use an image editing software that gives you the option to invert the colors on an image, you could do this easily in Photoshop, if you don’t have a copy of photoshop wich other app you could use, sorry.

    • #11 by Chicaro on March 28, 2012 - 10:01 pm

      Correction: if you don’t have a copy of Photoshop I don’t know wich other app you could use.

  9. #12 by Thomas Staub on April 2, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    Another option is to use an online PDF Extractor like http://www.extractpdf.com . This one will extract Images, Text and Fonts from PDFs. Fonts are extracted as TTF files.

  10. #13 by Mike on June 30, 2012 - 3:15 am

    I am trying extract pages from a PDF using Acrobat 9. There is NO security on the document and it says extraction is allowed but it is not highlighted (ie, available) in the Document drop-down menu. If it helps, the document does not allow me to optimize for OCR or use OCR recognition either. Thanks, Mike

  11. #14 by Louise on November 14, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    This was VERY helpful. Thank you very much!
    This just made things so much easier for me.

  12. #15 by Adrienne on April 6, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    THANK YOU!!!

  13. #16 by Sara on May 9, 2013 - 11:38 am

    Hi I am trying to extract from the PDF I was able to do so then later after leaving for a snack break and returned I wasn’t able to find that function.

    Usually I go to the page tab and from there on the menu it would have extract pages

    now nothing but paste and copy is showing???

    Can someone please help me on how I can get this function back on
    Using Adobe Reader XI

    Thanks

    • #17 by Vikrant on May 9, 2013 - 11:42 am

      Are you trying to extract pages? In Acrobat XI, choose Tools > Pages > Extract.

  14. #18 by Sara on May 9, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Also I followed the steps here where I am to go to tools then which I did but if I go there it allows me to convert to a word form???

    This is so irratating!

    MUCH NEEDED HELP

  15. #19 by Deborah Riley on July 11, 2013 - 7:03 pm

    Hi:
    I tried this function but none of the icons in my document were exported. The icons were saved at a small size [.2 x .2] Larger images were exported. I’d like to be able to export the icons as well.
    All images were initially saved as PNG files.
    Original document was MS-Word 7 on the PC.

  16. #20 by pst viewer pro on July 30, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Acrobat X provides built in functionality to extract images from a PDF…I was not aware about it before at all..Its a nice oppurtunity to read your content. I’ve also installed this plug-in in my browser…

  17. #21 by Dan on July 30, 2013 - 11:46 am

    I have a series of colour PDF’s I need to save as colour tif files. I had Adobe 9 and kept getting “an internal error has occured” and would not save.
    My IT department have upgraded me to adobe 10 to try and fix the problem but still doesn’t work.
    I’ve now tried extract image from pdf but its random at what it wil do. Sometime the colour parts will not show at all or be black and white, other times it will be perfectly fine and sometimes im getting “adobe could not exract and image files from the document. Only images that contain bitmap or raster data can be extracted.

    I really need this to work any ideas whats wrong?

  18. #22 by João Caldas on November 1, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    I love you.

  19. #23 by kathleen on November 11, 2013 - 9:01 pm

    Whether I export images at medium quality jpg or highest quality jpg, I get a screen resolution image. I did not create the original document and the assets are lost.

    Can I safely assume that the original document contained only screen resolution images, or could this limited size be a default of the export images process?

  20. #24 by Eugene on December 31, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    I have Acrobat X Pro ( 10.1.8) and no where can I find the “Documents processing” Tab. It only goes to Sign and Certify….What is the problem?

    • #25 by Vikrant on January 3, 2014 - 12:43 pm

      Document Processing tools are located under the Tools task pane. Click Tools, to display the task pane. Click the (smallish) menu icon, and choose the tool groups to display. Document Processing will be one of them.

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