How to Copy or Extract Images from a PDF File ?


Just received a PDF file loaded with images that you need to copy and save separately? Trying the usual copy paste routine? But it does not seem to work with a PDF File!

No worries, you can easily copy or extract images from any PDF File without much fuss. Here is the simple procedure to copy images from a PDF File.

  • Open PDF File in Acrobat Reader.
  • Click ‘Graphics Select Tool’ (see pic) or use the keyboard shortcut G.
  • Drag a selection marquee around image area that you want to copy.
  • Right click and choose copy or press Ctrl + C on your keyboard.
  • Selected part of image is saved on the clipboard.

Now you can easily save the image stored on the clipboard. How? Open Microsoft Paint (Start > Run, then type mspaint) and press Ctrl + V (or in MS paint click on Edit > Paste) to paste image saved on clipboard.

Please note, image will be saved in Bitmap BMP format and the size will be huge. You can convert the image format to JPEG or JPG using any image editing application.

In case you are dealing with PDF file image extraction in bulk, then above method can be tedious and time consuming. For quicker image extraction, you can use free utility ‘Some PDF Image Extract’ [link].

Using this utility you can easily extract images from any PDF file and directly save them in the image format you desire like like TIFF, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG etc. Manual method or direct method using utility, take your pick while extracting images from PDF Files.



  1. Nince tool, but if you wish to extract all images from PDF files in a specific file format like JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, PNG or PDF itself, try this one. It lets you to extract & convert formats too…

  2. there is a free online pdf tool at no downloads required, and has heaps of tools for pdf’s

  3. Or extract images from pdf online

  4. NEGAS THOMAS says:


  5. thank you..
    great tips..
    works perfectly…….. :)

  6. gajanan bhat says:

    Thank u all for ur useful information :)

  7. This is a nice article.But if you want to extract all images of pdf at one time…

    then you can find Online pdf image extraction here

    You can extract pdf image without watermark.

  8. Thanks! This software saved me a lot of hassles and wasted time.

  9. have you tried sci2ools!, it is a handy Google Chrome Extension.

  10. thank u for your great tips

  11. Thanks man,

    You saved me a LOT of time. I was previously copying images using an incredibly lengthy procedure, that I am too embarrassed to detail…

    You saved me MANY hours of work !


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