1. Place the PDF and adjust the frame to crop out everything but the picture.
2. If you have Acrobat Pro use the touch up object command to get the image into Photoshop. Save it and place it into InDesign.
Hi Bob, I do have Acrobat X. I assume (having read ont he net) i can use the edit object tool????
Then apply a clipping process to the image in the PDF.
As always you are a great help
You could also try opening the PDF in Illustrator. The good thing there is if it was originally a vector file, it will still be one. You can open a pdf in Photoshop or Illustrator by just right clicking it and "Open with", on windows anyways.
I would never recommend anyone open a PDF in illustrator! Illustrator is not a PDF editing tool!
Although in this situation I am not sure what advantage opening the PDF in Illustrator would have? You'd have to delete all the surounding artwork, then Export the image to a Tiff file?
Openging the PDF in Photoshop is problematic in itself. If you don't know the resolution of the images you could be inadvertently upscaling the images by opening the PDF at a higher resolution than the images are sized to.
Acrobat already has all the correct tools for extracting the images.
I was actually recommending using Illustrator to retreive images from a PDF, not editing the PDF. As I wrote, the advantage would be that if a vector file was used in the PDF, by opening the file in Illustrator it would stay vector.
It is true though that Acrobat already has tools that allows you to extract images, to Photoshop as well as Illustrator.
Thanks for clarifying Graham.
But even if the PDF has vector images in it they can become horrible nasty pieces to deal with once opened like this - with strange clipping masks for one, and there's just so many things that can go wrong - even if the image is vector.
I still don't recommend extracting images, vector or raster from a PDF by opening the file in Illustrator. There's just too many pitfalls.
Similarly I don't recommend opening the PDF in photoshop unless you are certain of the resolution of the images used. You could inadvertently downsample or upsample the images.
I just don't think it's good pracitce for extracting images.
Let’s just point one thing out.
If the PDF was created by saving it from Illustrator, opening it in Illustrator would not only be okay but would be the best method I can think of for this. Otherwise, use the tools in Acrobat.
I do this kind of thing a lot. I wasn't aware that there are tools in
Acrobat for extracting images; I've extracted whole pages, but not separate
images. If someone could explain image extraction to me, I'd arppreciate
I usually use SnagIt to grab the image from a PDF and then I can save it in
any graphic format. There is no loss of quality.
What is there to explain that wasn't already said in my earlier post? Open
the file, use the command, select the format and destination, wait for the
export to finish.
If you have an older version of Acrobat Pro, the command is in a different
location, but is otherwise the same.
Snag it is taking a screenshot, right?
Extracting the images lets you get all images at once instead of taking a
screenshot, one at a time.
I had this problem and you can do it on Adobe Reader.
1. Open Document in Adobe Reader (durr)
2. Go to Edit Tab
3. Then Click Take a Snapshot
4. Scroll to the image you want, you would have noticed that you poiter
icon has changed to a cross
5. Select the Area you want and it copies that area for you
Hope that helps any one interested