How to Convert a PDF to a JPG With Free Software

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If you've worked with electronic documents, then at some point you may have read a PDF on screen and wanted to convert it to an image file such as a JPG. You can convert a PDF into a JPG using free software available on your computer's operating system.

On a Mac

  • Open the PDF using the Preview application, available under the Applications menu.

  • Hit Command + S or select Save As from the File menu.

  • From the dialogue box that appears, select "JPG" from the Document Type menu. Adjust the resolution as desired. A lower resolution will still appear sharp on screen and will keep your file size low, and a higher resolution will appear sharp in print but increase the file size. Click "Save" to finish saving the current page of your PDF.

  • Repeat this process for each page of the PDF document you wish to convert to a JPG.

On a PC

  • Open the PDF you would like to convert to a JPG. Hit the Print Screen button to place a screen capture of the entire image of your desktop onto your computer's virtual clipboard.

  • Open up a free image editor. Windows comes with the free image editor Paint, available under Accessories in the Program Menu.

  • On the keyboard, hit Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot onto the Paint work area. You can also select Paste from the Edit menu. This will put the entire image of your desktop screen, including the PDF image, onto the Paint work area.

  • Using the Select tool in Paint, click and drag the image to the upper left corner of the work area so that all unwanted images above and to the left of your PDF are cropped out.

  • Scroll to the lower right of the image. Click once in the work area so that a small blue square appears in the lower right corner of the work area. Click and drag this corner so that all unwanted images below and to the right of your PDF are cropped out.

  • Hit Ctrl+ S or select Save from the File menu to save your image. Type in your desired file name, and select JPG from the Save as type menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your screen cannot display the entire PDF page at the desired resolution, you can take multiple screen captures and crop and paste together using free software.
  • This works best for converting a single page of a PDF to a JPG. To convert a longer document, create multiple files for the same document.
  • Be advised that some PDFs are intended for secure and confidential use. Use discretion in creating jpg copies that can be viewed by any computer.
  • Creating JPG images from PDFs using screenshots or PDFs designed strictly for web-use may yield web-resolution copies that will often show up fuzzy in print. In order to create a high-resolution JPG from a PDF, you will most likely need to use software that is not free with your operating system like Adobe Acrobat or Photoshop.

References

  • Photo Credit computer image by Orlando Florin Rosu from Fotolia.com
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