10. Import Images from a PDF Document
You Should Know
2 Perform an Initial Scan for Media
PDF documents are used quite often to display text and graphics, especially on the Internet. The beauty of PDF format is its consistencyif you use it, you can be assured that your document will appear the same on everyone's computer, regardless of the type of computer they use or its operating system. For example, if you create a user manual for a product you've designed, you can save the manual in PDF format and know that an image won't accidentally overlay some important text if the reader happens to use a lower monitor resolution than the one you used when you created the document.
PDF document A document format by Adobe that allows text and graphics to be displayed using the same layout, regardless of the user's particular computer model and operating system. Adobe Reader (formerly Acrobat Reader) is required for viewing PDF documents.
Another key feature of PDF documents is the variety of ways in which a user can work with them within Adobe Reader. A user might print the document, search through it for particular keywords while reading it onscreen, or display thumbnails of each page and then jump to a particular page with a single click. By following the steps in this task, you can import an image in a PDF document directly into the Editor window, and then adjust, print, or view it at higher magnification as desired. This task is also useful in importing a single image from a PDF slideshow created using the Organizer. So, if a friend or relative also uses Organizer (or an older version of Photoshop Album) to create and share PDF slideshows with you, you can import a particularly good image into the Editor and print it if you like.
If a PDF image is selectable within Adobe Reader, you can import it into the Editor by following the steps in this task. Based on how they were laid out within the PDF document, some images cannot be selected, and therefore cannot be imported into the Editor.
Choose File, Import, PDF Image
In the Editor, choose File, Import, PDF Image from the menu. The Select PDF for Image Import dialog box appears.
In the Look in drop-down list, change to the folder that contains the PDF document you want to scan for images, select the file, and click Open.
To import all the images in a PDF file and save them in Photoshop .PSD format automatically, choose File, Automation Tools, Multi-Page PDF to PSD. Select the PDF file, set the range of pages to import images from (or leave the option set to All), choose a color mode, type a base filename to use (the Editor adds a three-digit number to the end of this name for each image), select a destination folder, and click OK.
Select Image and Click OK
The document is scanned, and thumbnails for all the importable images within the PDF document are displayed in the PDF Image Import dialog box. Click an image's thumbnail to select it and then click OK to import the image. The image appears in the Editor window.
The image you've imported is not yet permanently saved; if you want to save the image to your system, click the Save button on the Shortcuts bar. If you simply imported the image so that you could view it better or print it, close its window without saving the file after you're through.
Be careful of images you import; some images might be copyright protected and have restrictions on their legal use.