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How to Extract Images from PDF Online

by Hung Nguyen

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Extract high-quality images from PDF files for free online. No installation is required to use.

PDF files are a joy to use. Easy to view and read, but hard to modify embedded data. But, in case you want to extract the content of a PDF document, such as images, you’d have to work around this dilemma. Moving content away from an existing PDF had not always been a simple task.

But it could be with our online tools. Where standard PDF to image converters only allow the conversion of full pages from the PDF format to digital photos, you can use our online converter to extract all images within any PDF into high-quality JPG files.

How do I extract high-quality images from a PDF?

  1. Start by going to our PDF to image converter.

  2. Drag a PDF file into the yellow toolbox.

  3. On the following page, choose to ‘Extract single images’.

  4. You can then download single images or every extracted image in a Zip file.


How to extract images from PDF in the highest quality

By doing so, you will swiftly export all images stored in the PDF into JPG images, in just a few seconds. Our software will retain the image’s resolution as close to the embedded image, as possible. Afterward, you can free edit the image as you’d like, to insert it into other file types.

Is the image extractor free to use?


Yes. This tool, along with our 17 PDF tools, can be freely used by anyone with an Internet connection. The tool mentioned can also extract every page in a PDF file to an identical JPG image.

On top of that, there is a reverse function called JPG to PDF, in case you wish to undo this process. Other image formats such as PNG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP are also supported via this conversion.

As Smallpdf is a full-on cloud service. You can access our platform via almost any conventional operating system, ranging from personal computers to mobile devices. As you can use our tools free of charge, there is no need to acquire a paid subscription, i.e., Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Acrobat Pro, to extract images from PDF.

The alternative: take a screenshot of the image


If you somehow have a slow internet connection, there is also the option to take a screenshot of each image from your PDF. For Mac, hit CMD + Shift + 4 to select the image to take a screenshot. CMD + Shift + 3 can be used instead to save your whole screen as a PNG. On Windows, you can always rely on the snipping tool.

We have written an in-depth guide on this topic to aid you in taking screenshots.

The downside of taking an image is the lower resolution of the picture taken. Using low quality, non-retina displays is also a drawback as it will fail to display and capture the image in its highest quality.

Carry on working with images after the extraction


Though being a PDF software, we strive to simplify how you work with digital documents every day, including images. Here are a few of our guides:

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf