There are all sorts of reasons why PDF remains the first choice as the most preferred document format. Whether it’s the universal compatibility or enhanced security through password protection or the ability to uphold the original intended layout of the file, the portable document format has a clear edge over other formats. Since most of us have to deal with PDFs regularly, we often run into situations where have to extract photos from PDF documents. Knowing that the process requires a bit of workaround, I thought it would be cool to share some handy tips to retrieve images from PDFs across platforms like macOS, Windows, Web, iOS, and Android with ease.

Extract Photos from PDF Documents on macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android

Maybe you wish to save a PDF image for a keepsake. Maybe you want to extract a PDF photo and save it in your personal library so that you can use it at some point. Whatever could be your purpose, there are a few useful tools that can get your job done without any hiccups. With that said, let’s get started with the guide!

Extract Photos from PDF Documents on Mac and Windows PC

While there are several PDF image extractors, Adobe Acrobat Reader remains my favorite tool for extracting images from PDF documents on the computer. It’s available for free and works as expected.

Adobe Acrobat Reader supports macOS and Windows. As for the process, it’s the same for both operating systems. I’m going to demonstrate the steps using my Mac.

  1. Launch Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. Then, click on the My Computer option in the sidebar.

Click on My Computer

2. After that, click on Browse.

Click on Browse

3. Now, navigate to the document and open it in the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Open PDF document in Adobe Acrobat Reader

4. Next, click the photo and select the Copy Image option in the contextual menu that pops up right above the image.

Click on Copy Image

5. Once you have copied the image, open another application, and paste it. In this test, I’m going to paste the image into the Pages app for Mac. And that’s all about it!

Paste the image in another application

Retrieve Photos from PDF Documents Using Online Tool

What if you don’t want to download an app just to extract images from PDF documents as you have to do it only once in a while? Well, there are quite a few reliable online tools like iLovePDF, PDFCandy, and PDF24 that can let you retrieve photos from PDFs with ease.

The process of extracting photos from PDFs online is quite simple and identical. Just head over to your favorite site and then upload the PDF document.

Choose files

Then, look for the option to extract the images and you are good to go.

Extract Images

Extract Images from PDF Documents on Android

Thanks to a simple yet efficient app called “Smart Image Extractor” (free) retrieving an image from the PDF document is quite straightforward. The app is available for free and supports Android 4.4 or later.

Once you have downloaded the app, launch it. After that, select the PDF document which image you want to extract and then click on the Extract Images option. The app will instantly extract the images and let you save them at the desired destination.

Extract images from PDFs on Android

Extract Images from PDF Documents on iOS and iPadOS

On iPhone and iPad, your best bet is to capture the screenshot of the image you want to save and then use the native photo cropping tool to get rid of the unwanted parts. 

Simply open the PDF on your device and then take the screenshot using the. Once the screenshot has been captured, open it. After that, tap on the Edit option.

Click on Edit at the top right corner of the screen

Next, hit the cropping tool. Then, use the handles to crop the unwanted portions of the image. Make sure to tap on Done to finish. As the entire process hardly takes a minute, I don’t think you may find it tedious.

Extract images from PDF on iOS

Extract Image from PDF Documents with Ease

So, that’s the way you can save images from PDF documents on your device. Now that you know how the trick works, make the most of it to easily retrieve photos whenever the need arrives. Also, check out our favorite photo editing apps to enhance the extracted images. Do you have any feedback to share with us? If yes, be sure to put it across as we always welcome helpful suggestions.

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