PDF Image Extractor

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 4, 2008
Updated • Nov 22, 2012

The easiest way to extract images out of pdf documents is to use a software that can do that for you. I sometimes use a screenshot software to save a single image that I need but if I need to extract multiple images from a pdf document, I prefer to use software like PDF Image Extract. Why? Because it is a lot faster than the manual creation of screenshots.

PDF Image Extract was designed with ease of use in mind. You  can load multiple pdf documents at once into the applicat which are then queued in the main program window. Information about each pdf document are provided in the lower pane so that you can verify that the correct documents have been added to the queue.

The right side displays settings that define the output images that the program creates during the extraction. Here you can define if you want all pages of a document to be processed or only select ones, the output format of the file (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF) and the quality of the image.

A click on the start button processes all selected pdf documents one after the other. The program beings at the top of the queue and works it way to the end of it. The images are saved into newly created directories that are relative to the folder the pdf documents are stored in.

You do not need Adobe Reader or another pdf reader installed on your system to use the program. The program supports all pdf versions out of the box to ensure maximum compatibility. It furthermore supports encrypted pdf files. If you know the password of the pdf, you can extract its images just like the images of unprotected pdf files.


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  1. All Things Firefox said on June 25, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    One can load a PDF file into Photoshop and extract the images from there. I know Photoshop isn’t free but it’s an alternative.

  2. Robert H Mercer said on December 21, 2012 at 7:04 am

    PDF Image Extract is a free Windows utility………..great! HTF does one d/l it since no links are given. The other link PDF Image Extract IS NOT FREE so why waste people’s time with useless fucking articles like this. Get a life!

  3. Ian said on December 5, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Doesn’t work for me. :(

  4. Ky said on August 16, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Another time saver application, thank you Martin. My dad will love this.

  5. Daleus said on August 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Well, I tried it and had no success.

    I was able to load the files, I specified the output directory, and the program seemed to process the file.

    However, nothing in the way of details appeared in the lower pane, and nothing was depositied in the output directory.

    Shortly after opening the empty output directory, the program experienced a terminal failure.

    It *would* be a very handy program otherwise.


  6. David Bradley said on August 4, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Nar, it’s only an occasional thing, I’m not do mass extractions or anything.

  7. Martin said on August 4, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    David that must have been pretty boring and time consuming ;)

  8. David Bradley said on August 4, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I’ve been looking for just such a tool for years having used manual cut and paste with Photoshop for years.

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