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10 May, 2014

How to extract background image from PDF file using Adobe Reader (Windows)

Posted by: mynag In: Solution & Tips

Copying images from a PDF page to clipboard using Adobe Reader

You can use Adobe Reader to easily copy images from a PDF file to clipboard. This steps were tested in Adobe Reader ver XI for Windows. This part addresses images that have dimensions smaller than the page’s dimension or otherwise non-background images.

Launch Adobe Reader and open your PDF file, then go to the page with image you wish to copy.

  1. Make sure that you have the Select Tool currently selected.  To do this right-click and choose “Select Tool” from the pop-up menu. Your cursor should turn into a hairline cross once you roll it over the image.
  2. Click once on the image to select it (it will be highlighted in a different color). Right-click on the selected image and select Copy Image from the pop-up menu. Alternatively you can just press Ctrl+C once the image is selected. The image is now copied to your clipboard.
  3. You can now paste the copied image into your application (e.g. Photoshop or Word document) by using the program’s paste function or by pressing Ctrl+V.

Copying a background image from a PDF page to clipboard using Adobe Reader

If the image you wish to copy is set as a background image, you may find that your cursor remains as a pointer despite having the Select tool on. Go to the page with the background image.

  1. Make sure that you have the Select Tool currently selected. Your cursor is now a pointer.
  2. Press the Ctrl button and move your cursor over the background image. Notice that the cursor has turn into a hairline cross.
  3. With Ctrl key still pressed and the cursor a hairline cross, click once on the image to select it. Do not click drag your mouse while pressing the Ctrl key as this brings out the Marquee-copy* option.
  4. Once the background image is selected, right-click Copy Image or Ctrl+C to copy it to the clipboard.
  5. You can now paste the copied image into your application (e.g. Photoshop or Word document) by using the program’s paste function or by pressing Ctrl+V.

*using the Marquee copy option is useful you want to copy only the selected (highlighted) part of the image instead of the entire image.

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