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 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,


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