How to Change a PDF File to JPG

by Yvette Bigornia
Converting a PDF file to a JPEG image.

Converting a PDF file to a JPEG image.

A Portable Document Format file, or PDF, is a file format created by Adobe Acrobat that converts any type of file to a noneditable format for viewing purposes from any computer. PDF files can be easily converted to various file formats, including image files such as Joint Photographic Experts Group format, or JPEG format. JPEG images are compressed files for photographic images that can be used for websites, emails or archiving purposes. Adobe Creative Suite, which includes Acrobat, Photoshop and Illustrator, can easily convert PDFs to JPEGs.

Adobe Acrobat

1

Open the PDF file from Acrobat. Go to the "File menu," select "Open." Choose the file that you want to convert to a JPEG. Click "Open."

2

Convert the file to JPEG. Go to the "File" menu and select "Export." Choose "Image" and select "JPEG."

3

Rename the file. The "Save As" dialog box is open and the file extension automatically changes to ".jpg." Change the name of the file if needed and save it in your file folder. Click "Save."

Adobe Photoshop

1

Extract a page from the PDF document. Open the PDF file from the "File" menu. Select a page that you want to convert if the PDF file is a multipage document. Leave the "Page Options" alone. Click "Open."

2

Save the extracted page to a JPEG file. Go to the "File" menu and select "Save As." Select the JPEG format under the "Format" drop-down menu. Click "Save."

3

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to extract each page of the PDF document.

Adobe Illustrator

1

Extract a page from the PDF document. Open the PDF file from the "File" menu. Select a page that you want to convert if the PDF file is a multipage document. Click "Open."

2

Export the PDF page as a JPEG file. Go to the "File" menu and select "Export." Select JPEG format under the "Save as Type" drop-down menu. Click "Save."

3

Compress the JPEG image from the "JPEG Options" dialog box. Select the compression quality from the drop-down menu---Low, Medium, High or Maximum---or move the slide ruler from "Smaller File" to "Larger File." Experiment with the Color Mode by choosing either "RGB," "CMYK" or "Grayscale." Select the resolution by choosing "Screen," "Medium," "High" or "Custom." Select "OK."

4

Open the JPEG file from Photoshop. Open "Photoshop" and select the file that you just converted to a JPEG. Edit the JPEG file if needed.

Tips

  • check Photoshop and Illustrator can also convert PDFs to JPEGs through the "Save for Web" function. Both programs can optimize the PDF, change the compression quality that is appropriate for online use and save the PDF as a JPEG.
  • check If you don't have Adobe Creative Suite, you can download freeware that can easily change PDFs to JPEGs, such as Zamzar and Office Convert Pdf to Jpg Jpeg Tiff Free.

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About the Author

Since 2000 Yvette Bigornia has been a writer specializing in internal communications, including newsletters, e-mail blasts and Intranet sites. She also holds certifications for copy-editing through MediaBistro, for public relations and copywriting through The Business Writing Center and for multimedia design through The Anthem Institute. Bigornia holds a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts from Rutgers University.

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