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Convert PDF to JPG

radowneyradowney Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
edited July 27, 2012 in Finishing School
What is best way to batch convert PDF files to JPG's?

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    ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,891 moderator
    edited January 13, 2008
    radowney wrote:
    What is best way to batch convert PDF files to JPG's?

    Welcome to the Digital Grin.

    What computer platform?
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    Bob_ABob_A Registered Users Posts: 92 Big grins
    edited January 13, 2008
    radowney wrote:
    What is best way to batch convert PDF files to JPG's?

    Do you have Photoshop? If you do it's pretty easy to create an action for batch processing the images.
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    radowneyradowney Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited January 13, 2008
    ziggy53 wrote:
    Welcome to the Digital Grin.

    What computer platform?

    Using Elements 6 on WinXP
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    ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,891 moderator
    edited January 13, 2008
    You might try "SK Image Printer".

    http://www.sharewareplaza.com/SkPrinter-download_35709.html

    While not perfect for your request, it prints to BMP format, it can create files easily converted to JPG.

    Basically, it's a virtual print driver and installs the same as any printer. You would install the driver, load your PDF into Acrobat Reader, print from Acrobat using the "SK Image Printer" to a BMP file or group of files, then use a graphics converter to create JPGs or whatever (assuming the BMPs don't work for you.

    At any rate, "SK Image Printer" is freeware as is Irfanview which you could use for the image conversion. I tried the driver and it works with a few caveats:

    1. Text looks fine
    2. No choice for resolution. What it produces might work for your application or might not.
    3. Images print in B&W, not very high quality.
    4. It prints all files to 'Windows\Temp and without a BMP suffix. You have to manually rename or use more software.

    Cheap to try. There are other virtual print drivers out there, but this was the only free one I could find and therefore test.

    http://www.IrfanView.com
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    radowneyradowney Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited January 14, 2008
    ziggy53 wrote:
    You might try "SK Image Printer".

    http://www.sharewareplaza.com/SkPrinter-download_35709.html

    While not perfect for your request, it prints to BMP format, it can create files easily converted to JPG.

    Basically, it's a virtual print driver and installs the same as any printer. You would install the driver, load your PDF into Acrobat Reader, print from Acrobat using the "SK Image Printer" to a BMP file or group of files, then use a graphics converter to create JPGs or whatever (assuming the BMPs don't work for you.

    At any rate, "SK Image Printer" is freeware as is Irfanview which you could use for the image conversion. I tried the driver and it works with a few caveats:

    1. Text looks fine
    2. No choice for resolution. What it produces might work for your application or might not.
    3. Images print in B&W, not very high quality.
    4. It prints all files to 'Windows\Temp and without a BMP suffix. You have to manually rename or use more software.

    Cheap to try. There are other virtual print drivers out there, but this was the only free one I could find and therefore test.

    http://www.IrfanView.com

    Tried several virtual printers, but none of them will handle batches. Have about 300 PDF's to convert to JPG's. Any other suggestions?
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    ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,891 moderator
    edited January 14, 2008
    radowney wrote:
    Tried several virtual printers, but none of them will handle batches. Have about 300 PDF's to convert to JPG's. Any other suggestions?

    Perhaps it's time to know more about your project.

    Do you have access to the source of the PDFs? (If they are generated from another software like Word or Quark, for instance.)

    Is this a one time project or will you have to do the conversions on a regular basis? If a regular basis, how often?

    Is there a budget for the project?

    What are your quality and size expectations?

    Color and if so, what color accuracy and color system?

    About how many total output image files do you anticipate will be generated?

    What time frame for the conversion?

    How will the JPGs be used?

    It may be possible to use a lateral approach to the problem so please elaborate as much as possible so we can understand the problems and goals of the project.
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    DavidTODavidTO Registered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited January 14, 2008
    radowney,

    I moved your thread to Finishing School, since Technique is about shooting technique--in camera techniques. thumb.gif
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    ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,891 moderator
    edited January 14, 2008
    DavidTO wrote:
    radowney,

    I moved your thread to Finishing School, since Technique is about shooting technique--in camera techniques. thumb.gif

    Thanks David. thumb.gif
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    jdryan3jdryan3 Registered Users Posts: 1,353 Major grins
    edited January 14, 2008
    If you open the PDFs in Acrobat (not just the reader), you can do a 'Save As...' and select the file type as jpeg (default is PDF)
    It will even take a multi-page PDF and turn each page into a jpeg. I just did it with an 88 page HP CP1700 printer manual and it took a whole 1 minute to do.
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    ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,891 moderator
    edited January 14, 2008
    jdryan3 wrote:
    If you open the PDFs in Acrobat (not just the reader), you can do a 'Save As...' and select the file type as jpeg (default is PDF)
    It will even take a multi-page PDF and turn each page into a jpeg. I just did it with an 88 page HP CP1700 printer manual and it took a whole 1 minute to do.

    Ah thanks, I had forgotten. Yes, if you have what used to be called "Acrobat Distiller" and includes the full version of Acrobat you can also batch files, as well as the "SaveAs" JPG files. That should be the most expeditious method.

    I'm not sure that Acrobat 8 Standard has that feature now, but I'll bet Acrobat 8 Professional does have it for sure.
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    radowneyradowney Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited January 15, 2008
    jdryan3 wrote:
    If you open the PDFs in Acrobat (not just the reader), you can do a 'Save As...' and select the file type as jpeg (default is PDF)
    It will even take a multi-page PDF and turn each page into a jpeg. I just did it with an 88 page HP CP1700 printer manual and it took a whole 1 minute to do.
    Thanks for all the input on this task.

    Getting Adobe Acrobat Professional at $449 is overkill for this project.

    Found a little program for $40 that works just fine. It can convert a whole folder in a matter of minutes. Found at http://www.pdfimagemagic.com/.
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    ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,891 moderator
    edited January 15, 2008
    radowney wrote:
    Thanks for all the input on this task.

    Getting Adobe Acrobat Professional at $449 is overkill for this project.

    Found a little program for $40 that works just fine. It can convert a whole folder in a matter of minutes. Found at http://www.pdfimagemagic.com/.

    Thanks for reporting back with what works. thumb.gif

    I'm sure there are other folks this could help.
    ziggy53
    Moderator of the Cameras and Accessories forums
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    Juergen DJuergen D Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited January 15, 2008
    I guess I am a little late for the party, but batch conversion from PDF to JPG can be done with Elements 5, using Process Multiple Files. I would assume PSE6 has that functionality, too.

    Juergen
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    radowneyradowney Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited January 15, 2008
    Juergen D wrote:
    I guess I am a little late for the party, but batch conversion from PDF to JPG can be done with Elements 5, using Process Multiple Files. I would assume PSE6 has that functionality, too.

    Juergen

    Juergen, you are right, it does work in PSE6.

    However, the Process Multiple Files command does not work on multiple page files. All of my PDF's are 10 pages or more
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    radowneyradowney Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited January 19, 2008
    radowney wrote:
    Thanks for all the input on this task.

    Getting Adobe Acrobat Professional at $449 is overkill for this project.

    Found a little program for $40 that works just fine. It can convert a whole folder in a matter of minutes. Found at http://www.pdfimagemagic.com/.

    Found another way to do it. Using SnagIt Screen Capture from http://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.asp.

    Rather than converting all the PDF's to JPEG'S, I can view the files and just capture the ones I need and save as JPG's.

    Very usefull program, used it several other times already.
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    Juergen DJuergen D Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited January 19, 2008
    radowney wrote:
    Rather than converting all the PDF's to JPEG'S, I can view the files and just capture the ones I need and save as JPG's.

    That you could do also with Adobe Reader. Open the PDF and click on Select Image, left click on it and then right click and >Copy to Clipboard.

    Juergen
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    radowneyradowney Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited January 19, 2008
    Juergen D wrote:
    That you could do also with Adobe Reader. Open the PDF and click on Select Image, left click on it and then right click and >Copy to Clipboard.

    Juergen

    How do you get it from the clipboard to a JPG file??
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    Juergen DJuergen D Registered Users Posts: 8 Beginner grinner
    edited January 20, 2008
    You open your graphics software and open or paste it. In Photoshop Elements it goes via >File >New >Image from Clipboard. In IrfanView you can just hit the Paste button. After that you can save the image in any format.

    Juergen
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    omayomay Banned Posts: 2 Beginner grinner
    edited June 5, 2010
    I think you need a tool like converter. Recommend you this pdf to jpeg converter at http://www.pdftojpeg.biz/. you can download and use it freely!
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    jobjoljobjol Registered Users Posts: 1 Beginner grinner
    edited July 27, 2012
    @omay, why are you suggesting a program that costs you money for such a simple task?
    I have 2 free suggestions to batch convert PDF files:
    - Irfanview
    - pdfjpg.net (which batch processes all pages of a PDF as JPG)
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