Extract images in PDF using Acrobat DC

box_acrobat_pro_dc_150x150As with the previous versions, you can use Acrobat DC to extract images from a PDF. Some of you have reported that you’re unable to find the options, so quick and dirty, here it is: Choose Tools > Export PDF.



  1. Choose Tools > Export PDF.
  2. Click Image.
  3. Click an image format, such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF.
    Optionally, click the “gear” icon to set the image properties and options
  4. Select Export All Images checkbox.
  5. Click Export.

For detailed information, on Export PDF, see Convert or export PDFs to other file formats in the Acrobat DC help.


  1. #1 by todd on August 12, 2015 - 4:49 am

    thanks man, i wish acrobat would stop mucking around with the interface, and actually put some time into making it more intuitive

    • #2 by Daniele on April 9, 2016 - 2:18 pm

      They did an excellent job with Acrobat DC I think.

  2. #3 by bold on September 15, 2015 - 1:45 pm

    I agree, the interface in Acrobat DC is terrible. I was also looking for this option, in previous version it was quick and handy in the current I had to spend a while to find it. It’s not intuitive at all. What’s more gray in white interface is just too pale.

  3. #4 by Alexander Klar on October 1, 2015 - 3:46 pm

    Wow, that’s hard to find. I agree, todd and bold! The interface is not intuitive at all. The fact that you have to use the search box in order to find the tools you need, is a sign of bad conception to me. If at least it would be possible to move the tools one needs the most to the toolbar… or have I simply not found the right way to do that?

    • #5 by Vikrant on October 1, 2015 - 4:07 pm

      The change in UI does take a while to get used to; It certainly took me a while. But the new interface is more modern, touch-friendly, and move over very similar across platforms and devices. You should find similar experiences whether you use Acrobat on your iPad or your windows desktop. Search is one way to find a tool that you know about. You can use the Tools tab to browse through entire set of tools at your disposal, in case you have a need, but don’t know which tool to use. The Right-hand-panel (RHP) shows some tools by default, and your frequently used tools bubble up to the top. You can also add your favorite tools to the RHP for quick access. From the menu under the tool, choose Add Shortcut, or simply drag the tool to the RHP. I hope this helps!

  4. #6 by DeNada on October 1, 2015 - 5:06 pm

    This does not work in my version of DC (2015.008.20082). frankly I am beyond livid but it shows the lengths they will go to forcing people to pay for the full version.

  5. #7 by Vlad on November 17, 2015 - 9:30 am

    Looks like that option is gone now – can only export to Word, Excel etc.

    The option is gone?

    • #8 by yep on November 20, 2015 - 12:19 am

      yep its gone, we *updated … again :)

    • #9 by Vikrant on December 22, 2015 - 9:15 pm

      Could you provide some details, Acrobat version, OS etc. I can see the options and export images.

  6. #10 by Richard on December 2, 2015 - 12:49 am

    Agree; new Acrobat interface is so not intuitive. I miss the old version.

  7. #11 by dee staten on January 20, 2016 - 10:15 pm

    #1 not computer literate
    #2 I download recipe ebooks that r read in
    in adobe form.
    I would like to know how to include / cut pic of recipe to include in my recipe software..
    thanks in advance!


  8. #12 by Steven on March 1, 2016 - 10:34 am

    I’m pretty unhappy with this feature.

    I received this product today for work. I wanted to extract images from old work pdfs in a format as close to the originals as I can get as the files used to make those pdfs are long gone.

    Sadly, this feature converts the images and strips out the metadata.

    I got better results using free online tools.

  9. #13 by Mike on March 10, 2016 - 4:23 am

    Unfortunately, sophisticated and intuitive software is being dumbed down because the smart programmers have gone into early retirement, leaving the programming tasks to the dumb and dumber. Adobe is now a prime example. I would recommend “printing to pdf” (no longer has to be Adobe). You can select the pages you need just as with the old “extract” command.

  10. #14 by Kentawr on May 25, 2016 - 6:06 am

    you discuss here how to export (convert) pdf pages to images files, and not how to extract existing images only, without text there.

  11. #15 by Ferillo Costas on June 18, 2016 - 8:10 pm

    Exporting to PNG is not available anymore.

  12. #16 by jayse on June 29, 2016 - 7:58 am

    Gotta agree – the UX sucks. Latest version doesn’t even work like your example – can’t find extract images for the life of me – something that should simply be under File>Export>Extract Images.

    How F’n hard is that? LoL

  13. #17 by Nick on July 21, 2016 - 3:18 am



  14. #18 by Shane on August 7, 2016 - 3:20 am

    There was a way to export all images inside of a pdf (original resolution). This just coverts the PDF to a new all in one raster file.
    How do we export images from a PDF w/acrobat? Use illustrator?

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