Extract images from a PDF

Not your version? Try Extract images in PDF using Acrobat DC.

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?

  13. #15 by Piriya on November 5, 2015 - 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the useful info. Apparently only images that contain bitmap or raster data can be extracted. Is there a workaround that you know of for images that don’t contain bitmap or raster?

    • #16 by zdeangles on January 7, 2016 - 12:37 am

      Try File>Save As>More Options>Encapsulated PostScript. Afterwards, open the resulting doc with Illustrator.

  14. #17 by David on November 9, 2015 - 10:54 pm

    The extract image tool is very, very useful.
    When I extract the images is there a way to have the images extracted left to right (instead of right to left which is the default method) and numbered 1,2,3,4,5 even if there are multiple images on each page?
    Currently I get 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-1, 2-2, etc. from right to left.
    What I want is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. from left to right regardless of how many images are on each page.

    I currently spend a lot of time renumbering the images (even file renaming tools don’t work well for renumbering and reordering)

    Any suggestions?

  15. #18 by Becky on February 10, 2016 - 10:41 pm

    Is there a way to do this in one step for multiple pdf files in a given directory?

  16. #19 by vinny on February 19, 2016 - 7:17 am

    great, thanks! :)

  17. #20 by Lexis on July 7, 2016 - 7:01 am

    Hi, is there a way to do this and retain the original image file names, instead of it renaming them 1, 2, 3… etc?

  18. #21 by Cheryl on August 23, 2016 - 1:36 am

    Awesome! Worked like a charm!

  19. #22 by Anon on April 20, 2017 - 7:14 pm

    When I use the extract all images tool it simply takes all of the images out of my PDF file. The file that is saved is simply my PDF file before I added pictures to it.

    I am looking to extract all of my images and save each image as its own file. anybody have any ideas?

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