PDFs are different file formats with different uses and purposes. But sometimes we’ll find ourselves needing to turn a PDF (or part of it) into a PNG file.
If so, you may quickly find out that it can be confusing and frustrating trying to turn a PDF into a PNG.
Fortunately, once you know the steps, it’s actually very simple. We’ve gathered everything you need to know to change a PDF into a PNG, including different methods. Find the method that works best for you!
PDFs and PNGs are different file formats that serve different purposes.
PDF or Portable Document Format are the perfect file format for storing and sending information (text, images, etc.) while preserving the contents within the document. Formatting, text, images, and information within the document is preserved and able to be displayed on almost any device. This makes PDF very popular to work with, email, and share with others.
PNG or Portable Network Graphics is an image format that supports lossless compression. Because of this, as well as the high-quality graphics and transparency support that PNGs are known for, it's one of the most popular and commonly used image formats. PNGs are widely used by websites, photographers, digital artists, and more.
Sometimes there are contents in a PDF (text, images, etc.) that we may want to save as a PNG.
This is especially true if we have other plans for the image that we may not be able to do if it stays as a PDF, such as uploading it to a website, or for photo editing software.
For example, an image within a PDF that we want to work with.
When turning a PDF into a PNG (or any file format) there are multiple ways to achieve the same result. We’ve listed common methods that can be used by a wide range of people. Pick the one that works best for you!
The easiest, fastest, and most reliable way to turn a PDF into a PNG is by using a PDF editor. We’ll be using PDF Pro, but you can use the editor of your choice.
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1. Open the PDF in PDF Pro.
2. Press the Create tab.
3. Click To Image.
4. Select PNG from the Format dropdown menu.
5. Press Start.
You can use Adobe Acrobat to change a PDF file into a PNG file. Please note that you’ll need to be subscribed to their premium version of Adobe Acrobat, which is quite expensive.
One easy way to change a PDF to a PNG is by taking a screenshot of the PDF (works best for single page PDFs), then saving the screenshot as a PNG.
1. Open the PDF and scroll to the page you want to turn into a PNG. (You may need to zoom out a bit to see the full page).
2. Press [Windows] + [shift] + [s] to open the Snipping Tool. (Your screen will gray out).
3. Use the crosshair mouse cursor to create a rectangle around the PDF page.
4. Click the thumbnail preview of the PDF that shows up on the bottom right corner of your screen to open the Snipping Tool dialog box.
5. In the Snipping Tool (Snip & Sketch) dialog box, press the Save button.
6. Name and Save your new PNG file. (Be sure the Save as type dropdown menu says PNG).
PDFs and PNGs are different file formats with different uses. But sometimes we need to convert a PDF to a PNG.
Converting a PDF to a PNG can be confusing and frustrating, but it's actually quite simple once you know the steps.
For a reliable way to change PDFs to PNG (or vice versa), we recommend PDF Pro, our all-in-one PDF editor, creator, converter, and more!
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