How to convert a PDF to JPG

PDF to JPG conversion is as quick as a few clicks with these simple methods

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. If you already have the PDF, you can always just convert it into an image yourself. Something like a JPG (it’s different from a GIF, you know) would probably work nicely. It’s not as secure or editable as a PDF, but it takes up less room and is great for casual content sharing.

To make that transition though, you need to know how to convert a PDF to JPG. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can do it, and in this guide, we’ll walk you through our favorites, step by step, for multiple platforms.

Use a conversion site

Zamzar

Step 1: Go to Zamzar’s conversion site

There are all sorts of different conversion websites on the internet, but we like Zamzar’s trusty conversion tool, which has a clean interface and avoids annoying ads. The best part of using an online tool is that it can be used from any computer or mobile device, anywhere in the world (and won’t take up space on your computer). The only downside is that they tend to be a little limited in the amount of data you can convert at one time, which makes them difficult to use for larger PDF files. However, it’s incredibly straightforward.

Navigate to Zamzar’s PDF to JPG conversion tool in your web browser and follow the on-screen instructions. You can also download the Zamzar Chrome extension.

Step 2: Select your PDF

Zamzar

Click the Choose Files button and use the pop-up window to pick the PDF you want to convert from your local system. Select it and then click the Open button. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the file from your local system into the browser window and drop it on the conversion tool to have the same effect.

Step 3: Choose your output format

Click the Convert files to: button to select the output format you want. In this case, we want to select JPG, which you’ll find under the Image formats heading. If you reach Ebook formats, you’ve scrolled too far.

Step 4: Choose where you want the JPG sent

While alternative web tools like Pixlr (Flash Plugin required) might output the converted file straight away, Zamzar prefers to email it to you. In order to do that, it needs to know where to send it. In the Step 3 box, type in your email address.

Double check it, as there is no confirmation email input to make sure it’s correct. If you’d rather not share your email address, you could always use a disposable email.

Step 5: Start the conversion!

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When you’re ready to begin, click the Convert button to begin the conversion process. It will take a couple of seconds to upload the file and a few minutes more to complete the conversion, but when it’s finished, a link will be emailed to you from which you can download your files. If you don’t receive the link within a few minutes of starting the conversion, check Zamzar’s FAQ page to make sure that the emails aren’t being accidentally blocked.

Zamzar can do pretty much anything to PDFs, so if you want to convert your PDFs to HTML5, BMP files, DOCX, or anything else that your project might require, you can. Just change the Convert files to: option.

Windows alternative: PDF Conversion Tool

PDF Conversion Tool

If you prefer an app that has a home on your Windows 10 desktop, consider downloading the PDF Conversion tool. It’s a popular app with a sleek interface and multiple image conversion options for PDFs, including JPG, TIFF, and PNG. It’s also, depending on sales, only $4 – $10, a small investment for a very useful tool.

To begin, simply open the app and choose Convert PDF to file from the welcome window. Then choose Select File, and choose your format. Compression and protection options are also available for the files you create.

MacOS alternative: PDF Preview

Out of all the platforms, MacOS offers the easiest and most direct option for converting PDFs natively — in other words, you don’t have to download any extra tools to get the job done. Here’s what to do.

Step 1: Open a PDF in Preview. In most cases, PDFs should automatically open in Preview unless you’ve chosen another program for the job. You may have to find your PDF file and right click to open in Preview if necessary.  Here’s how to right click in MacOS.

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Step 2: In the File tab, choose the Open… selection.

Step 3: Change the name, add tags, choose the export location and, most importantly, set the Format to JPEG. Select Save to finish up. That’s it!

Preview Save As

If you only want to save part of the PDF, then head over to View and make sure Thumbnails is turned on. This allows you to select particular pages via the Thumbnail sidebar.

This process works great for simple conversions. However, you can’t really tweak the PDF in any meaningful way, which could be annoying for more complex projects. If yours falls into that category, we suggest you try the online tools suggested above.

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