How to Convert PDF Files to JPG Format

These are the best tools for saving a PDF document to a JPG image

Illustration of a PDF to JPG conversion

You can save a PDF to JPG if you want the document to be an image instead. When you save a PDF to the JPG format, the document no longer needs to be opened with a PDF reader and can instead be viewed with most image viewers.

A PDF to JPG conversion is often useful when sharing a PDF because you don’t have to worry about the other person having a PDF viewer or plug-in on their computer, or a PDF opener on their phone. However, there are some disadvantages to converting PDF to JPG, which you should consider before making the conversion.

Another way to save a PDF as a JPEG file is to use a special converter that only converts the images from the PDF. You might use this type of converter if you only want the pictures from the PDF — the converter will extract the PDF’s images and save each of them to the JPG format.

Should You Do It?

While there are benefits to saving a PDF to JPG, it’s important to know what actually happens when you do the conversion. Since a PDF is a document, and a JPG an image, two completely different types of files, you can't convert without losing some aspects of the PDF.

For example, if you ever want to edit the text within the PDF, you might consider keeping it in the PDF format (or at least not deleting the original PDF after the conversion to JPG). While most PDFs can be edited using a PDF editor, most of them probably can’t do the same to a JPG, and you'll likely have a hard time finding a good JPG to text converter.

Another issue with PDF to JPG converters is that during the conversion, any embedded content like bookmarks or audio are lost and unusable in the JPG. Unless you keep the original PDF to access those things, you can never get them back since you can’t convert JPG to PDF and expect to retrieve those embeddable objects.

PDF to JPG Conversion Tools

There are several ways to save whole pages from a PDF to the JPG format. The method you choose to use should depend primarily on the operating system you’re using and whether you already have the converter on your computer.

Screenshot of the PDF2jpg.net online PDF converter
PDF2JPG.net.

PDFtoJPG.net is one of the easiest places to convert each page of the PDF to a separate image in the JPG format. This PDF converter works on Windows, macOS, Linux, and any other operating system that supports a browser. Just upload the PDF to that website, choose the JPG quality, wait for the conversion to JPG, and then download any of the pages as JPG, or download a ZIP of all the converted pages.

PDFtoJPG.me is similar but accepts larger PDFs and lets you pick a range of pages to convert.

Screenshot of the Pixillion PDF to JPG converter program

Pixillion is a free image file converter for Windows and macOS that lets you load a PDF into the program and then convert it to JPG. You can also adjust the resolution, scale the images, flip the pages, rotate the pages, add a watermark to the images, and more. Each page in the PDF will save as a separate JPG file.

Screenshot of the PDF Converter Windows 10 app

If you have Windows 10, you might prefer to use the PDF to JPEG Windows app. Just open the PDF in that program, pick a folder, and then hit the Convert button to make a JPG for each page of the PDF.

Screenshot showing the PDF to JPG converter in Preview for macOS

macOS users are best off using the built-in PDF tool to convert PDF to JPG. Open the PDF to launch Preview (or open Preview first and go to File > Open… if it doesn’t start automatically), and then pick JPG through the File > Export… menu option. You can also right-click any of the pages from the left pane to export the PDF page to JPG.

Screenshot of Photoshop converting a PDF to JPG

If you have Adobe Photoshop already on your computer, you can use it to convert a PDF page to JPG. Just open the PDF like you would any image, pick the Pages option, and then use the File > Save As... menu option to save the page as a JPG image file.

Screenshot showing how to convert a PDF to JPG with Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is similar to Photoshop: it’s not free but if you have it, it’s perfect for converting PDF to JPG. Open the PDF and then go to File > Export To > Image > JPEG to convert all the PDF pages to JPG files.

Some other PDF to JPG converters, some of which support batch conversions, include PDFMate PDF Converter, UniPDF, EasyPDF.com, DocuFreezer, Boxoft PDF to JPG, LightPDF, and Icecream PDF Converter. Some PDF splitters are also able to convert PDF to JPG.

DocuFreezer produces a watermark on all the converted pages if you use the free version, and EasyPDF.com and LightPDF are the only ones from that list that are online PDF to JPG converters; the others are programs you install to your computer.

If you don’t want the converted PDF pages to be separate, individual JPGs but instead just one large JPG file with all the pages merged together, you have to use an entirely different tool. Filesmerge.com is one example of a website that can merge all the JPG pages into one file, either horizontally or vertically, which might be easier to send or store rather than keeping all of the pages as separate files.

Convert PDF Images to JPGs

Another way to convert a PDF to JPG is if you want to save the images from the PDF to the JPG format. In other words, you can extract all the pictures from a PDF and convert each of them to JPG.

Screenshot of the iLovePDF website converting a PDF to JPG

One way to do this from any operating system is with an online PDF to JPG converter. I Love PDF is one of the better ways to do this because you can load the PDF from (and save the JPGs to) your computer, your Google Drive account, or Dropbox. If multiple JPGs are extracted, you’ll get them in a ZIP file.

You can also get JPG images from a PDF using Photoshop (pick the Images option after choosing the PDF to open) or Adobe Acrobat (Tools > Export PDF > Image > Export all images).