There are plenty of worthwhile reasons to convert a Portable Document Format (PDF) to a JPG image. Although PDF files are a fantastic way to package a slew of text and image documents together, they often require an external application or plug-in, and are unnecessary if you want just a single page or image. Plus, most office applications handle JPG images better, and JPG files generally have quicker load times than that of PDF files.
The tough part is switching from one to the other, especially if you have a PDF file that you need to extract some content from. We’ll show you how to convert PDFs to more manageable JPGs, no matter which platform you’re on!
If you’re on Windows 10
Windows 10 doesn’t have many innate tools to switch PDFs to JPGs, except for unsophisticated tools like screenshots. We don’t want you struggling with cropping tools and resolution problems, so we suggest going another route instead. Here are the most effective ways to convert that we’ve found when working on Windows 10.
- PDF to JPEG App: This is a free Windows app that, well, converts PDFs to JPGs, like the name indicates. It’s minimalist but allows for a welcome amount of control over converting specific pages, selecting where images will be saved, and more. If you only have access to Windows 10, this is probably your best solution for frequent conversions. However, make sure you know how to use it before starting! The commands have proven confusing for some users. Always select a folder for saving before trying to convert, and please remember that this converts PDFs to JPGs, and not the other way around.
- Adobe Conversion: Yes, technically this solution works for Macs as well, but it’s a better solution on Windows where your options are limited. If you have an active Adobe account with tools like Acrobat or Photoshop, you can use them to quickly save PDFs as a variety of image files. Note that you need the full versions of Acrobat and Photoshop, with a live Adobe account, for this to work – in other words, you have to be paying for it. If you do, however, the process is simple. Go to Tools and look for the option that says Export PDF. From here, select Image to export as an image, and then select Export All Images to convert the full PDF file. There are other conversion settings you can tweak for various changes in color and quality, which is great for tinkering around with a stubborn PDF.
If you’re on Chrome OS
We haven’t forgotten about you, Chromebook users! Your options may be a little more constrained than other operating systems, but you still have conversion solutions to use if necessary. Here’s what we like.
- PDF to JPG App: This is a Chrome Web Store app from ilovepdf.com made especially for Chrome OS users who want a quick way to convert. Much like the Windows 10 app of the same nature, this little tool is simple, doesn’t take up much space, and is great if you frequently need to change file types. Select your PDF file, choose your pages, convert, and save the JPG with a name and location of your choice. A lot of the work is in the cloud, so it won’t waste precious space on your Chromebook, and you have plenty of extra options to convert and compress other formats as needed.