Extract Images from a PDF: The Ultimate Guide

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The Portable Document Format (PDF) resembles plastic laminated paper. You can clearly see what is inside, but you cannot download images from the document. A case in point, you may want to use an embedded chart from a PDF document.

People rely on the Portable Document Format to retain a document as it is. The good news is, it is possible to extract images from your PDF file. Read along to find out 2 efficient ways of how you can extract JPG from your PDF for other uses.

Extracting images from PDF using WinZip PDF Express

Using the PDF Express app is a common way to extract photos from a PDF. This app allows you to open a PDF and extract any multimedia content that you intend to use elsewhere. You can save the extracted images in a folder on your PC.

The WinZip PDF Express app can be used to extract images from a PDF by following these simple steps:

  1. Download and install PDF Express for either Windows.
  2. With it open, select File > Open to open your PDF.
  3. Select the pages that you want your images extracted from, then click the Image(s) icon in the top panel.
  4. Choose the format you want your images exported in, then click Export.
  5. Select the location you want your images saved to and click Select Folder.
  6. Your images are now saved to that folder.

If not sure of the format to select, you can use "PNG," because it works in a majority of cases.

How WinZip can help you extract pictures from your PDF

To view a file in WinZip file, you are required to have a program that displays the specific file. Using its in-built viewer, WinZip can show text files. With a Pro registration, you will be able to open most picture files.

WinZip Pro comes with an internal image previewer. Once maximized, you can use the previewer to access and browse through full-size images without the need for a separate application. The previewer also has tools to help you resize, rotate and delete unwanted images.

You can further explore the many functions of the new WinZip PDF Express. This application allows you to create a PDF file from any document. If you so wish, the application enables you to export a PDF document to an image file or to Word. You can also combine files from different formats, such as Excel, Word, JPG and many more. WinZip PDF Express also has AES 256-bit encryption to keep your sensitive data protected.


You now have a good understanding of how to extract photos from PDF using third-party applications such as the PDF Express. There are a variety of formats to choose from when saving your images, such as PNG, JPG, GIF or BMP. All the images are saved in their original resolution and colors.

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