How to Capture an Image From a PDF File

By Oxana Fox

Portable Document Format or PDF files viewable with the freely accessible Adobe Reader program often contain embedded images. The snapshot tool in Adobe Reader allows you to copy any part of a PDF file to the Windows clipboard as a graphic object. Use Paint, an image editor program included in Windows, to save the captured image as a file.

Step 1

Double-click on the PDF file to open in Adobe Reader.

Step 2

Scroll down or up the PDF document to find the image you need to capture.

Step 3

Click the menu "Tools" in Adobe Reader and choose "Select & Zoom." Then click on "Snapshot Tool."

Step 4

Press the left mouse button and draw a rectangle around the image. Release the left mouse button to copy the image into the Windows clipboard.

Step 5

Click "Start" in Windows and then open "All Programs."

Step 6

Open the folder "Accessories" and click on "Paint" to start the Windows graphic editor.

Step 7

Click the menu "Edit" in Paint and choose "Paste" to insert the image selected in the PDF file into the editor window.

Step 8

Click the menu "File" and select the option "Save As."

Step 9

Select the desired graphic format such as JPEG, TIFF, GIF or PNG for the image in the box "Save as type."

Step 10

Type any file name in the field and click the button "Save" to save the image captured from the PDF file on your computer.