How to Convert PDF to JPG on Mac (Multi-Page PDF Included)?

2018-05-24 03:53:35 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

As we can see, images cover a great part of our social media pages. While, PDF files, the most frequently used format to save and share information, fill all aspects of our life and work. However, PDF is not so web-friendly like JPEGs. So, very often, we need to convert PDF to JPG on mac for posting online or email, etc.


Much likely, we prefer to utilize online or some free tools to convert PDF to JPG on mac, but only to find it processes slowly and poorly.

You may have noticed that, Online PDF to JPG converters always take a relative longer time to upload, process and download files. That’s the reason why there is a file size limit from these free services. Even, a great numbers of free services don’t support batch conversion, it means you have to do the conversion one by one.

It’s well understood that conversion between 2 file formats may makes the output looks a little different from the original file. To solve the quality issue, you have to find a professional tool to minimize the difference technically.

In conclusion, the reason your PDF to JPG conversion on mac is slow and poor in quality lies in that, you are using an inappropriate solution.

Best Way to Convert PDF to JPG on Mac (Multi-page PDF Applicable)

To convert PDF to JPG on mac fast and well, we will have to turn to the power of PDF Converter for mac, a mac program allowing users to convert single or multiple page PDF to JPG or other image formats, with original file quality retained.

PDF Converter for Mac is a simple yet effective PDF Converter for Mac to batch convert PDF documents into best quality images including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF and BMP. Not limited to image formats, this PDF Converter can also convert PDF to ePub, Pages, Microsoft Word(.docx), PowerPoint(.pptx), , RTFD, Text, HTML, Keynote, Pages, etc. and is incredibly easy to use.

Even, if you want to save image or other documents back to PDF, this program can create PDF files easily for you. Users are also allowed to add password, compress PDF file when they save other documents as PDF with this tool.

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  • Retain original file quality
  • Convert PDF to JPG and other 15 formats
  • Create PDF from JPG or other formats
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  1. Add PDF file for PDF to JPG conversion on mac.​
    Directly drag and drop PDF files to the program,this app allows you to add multiple PDF files to the program to save time.add files to pdf converter for mac pdf to jpg mac 01
  2. Set JPEG as output format.
    Choose to save as Image>JPEG, also you can choose to save in other image formats.Please select the page range to customize your PDF to JPG conversion on mac. If you want to save JPG or other files as PDF, go to "Creator". If you want to extract image from PDF, choose Image>Extract Image in the output menu.convert pdf to jpg on mac with cisdem 02
  3. Convert PDF to JPG on mac without quality loss.
    Click "Convert" to start pdf to jpg conversion, the status bar will inform you the conversion status, check the JPG file in output folder once the status bar indicate a sucessful conversion.

Other Tips on High Quality "PDF to Image Conversion

  1. Make sure the PDFs take clearer source images, once saved in JPEG format, do not repeat the work on editing and saving, each time you save it, more information will be discarded which will sacrifice the image quality.
  2. Save PDF as lossless graphics format such as TIFF, GIF, PNG, or a raw image format. Though it may take larger size and not compatible on Web like JPEG, it ensures a clear image.

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If you still want to try different PDF to JPG solutions on mac, here is a list of tutorial for you:

#1 Convert PDF to JPG with Mac Preview

Mac Preview is the free app coming with MacOS, it is designed to manage PDF and image files for mac users.

With Preview, you can export a single PDF to JPG on mac for free:

  1. Open PDF with Preview
  2. Go to File>Export, choose the output as JPEG, adjust the quality or resolution parameters if needed.convert pdf to jpg on mac with preview
  3. Once the settings are finished, save the file.

As you may have noticed, it takes several steps to complete the PDF to JPG conversion with Mac Preview, even it doesn’t allow batch conversion. That is to say, using Preview takes much time and efforts than other methods.

#2 Save PDF as JPG with Mac Automator

Also, you can use Automator to convert a single PDF to JPG free on mac. Automator is the Apple program created for automating repetitive tasks, mac users who are technically-adept usually pick this solution for conversion and other tasks.

  1. Launch Automator in Finder>Application.
  2. Click on the Automator to run it, then choose “Workflow”.convert pdf to jpg mac with automator
  3. In the Library column, click on “Files&Folders”, then drag “Ask for Finder Items” to the specified area, this workflow allows you to locate PDFs that need to be converted;
    In the Library column, click on “PDFs”, then drag “Render PDF Pages as Images” to the specified area, this workflow allows you to choose image output and tweak settings;
    In the Library column, click on “Files&Folders”, then drag “Move Finder Items” to the specified area, this workflow allows you to save the converted file into chosen output folder.convert pdf to jpg on mac with automator
  4. Click on the “Run” icon on the top right, choose the PDF file you need to convert.
  5. You will find the converted JPEG file in your designated location. If you want to convert another PDF to JPG with Automator, click “Run” icon and choose the file for conversion.

Though relatively complicate to convert PDF to JPG with Automator, it works well when you want to convert multiple PDFs to JPEG on mac for free.

#3 PDF to JPG Mac Free

  1. Go to pdftoimage
  2. Choose the image format, JPG or PNG.
  3. Upload single or multiple PDF files into the online progam, you can upload up to 20 files at one time
  4. Once the PDF to JPG conversion is done, save the JPG files on your macconvert pdf to jpg on mac online

When dealing with PDF to JPG conversion in this way, you are recommended not to upload large or private files for conversion.

#4 Convert PDF to JPG with Adobe Acrobat

Users who deal with PDF files very often won’t be unfamiliar with Adobe. As the creator of PDF format, Adobe has launched a series powerful PDF tools and spread its regulation on expertise to manipulate PDF files. Now, I am going to show you how to convert PDF to JPG on mac using Adobe Arobat, basing on the fact that many of you using Adobe to edit a PDF on mac.

In Acrobat Pro, follow the steps below to change PDF to JPG on mac:

  1. Open the file with Adobe Acrobat Pro;
  2. Go to File>Export to>Image;
  3. Choose JPEG format, also you can choose to save as JPEG2000 as well.

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(If in Adobe Acrobat X, go to File>Save As>Image>JPEG)

In Acrobat DC, follow the steps to converter PDF to JPG on mac.

  1. Run Adobe Acrobat DC on your mac and open the PDF you want to convert to JPG.
  2. Go to Tools>Export PDF, and choose Image as the output.convert pdf to jpg on mac with adobe dc

Quite easy and convenient, but Adobe does’ allow batch conversion, which may put you off to utilize Adobe Acrobat. So, if you want to convert multiple PDFs to JPG on mac at the same time, try PDF Converter for mac as mentioned above.

#5 Knowledge about JPG and JPEG

What is JPEG?
JPEG, abbreviation of Joint Photographic Experts Group, is the most commonly used format among those image formats attributing to its high compatibility on Web. It is often used for colorful photos or images with various blends or gradients.

What is the difference between JPG and JPEG?
You may be also wondering why there is another extension JPG, which is so similar with JPEG. Actually, JPG and JPEG is the same thing. Back to those days Windows still dominates, Windows requires that all the files should come with a three letter file extension, so the Joint Photographic Experts Group, which should be originally abbreviated as "JPEG", was assigned with the extension of  ".jpg". However, there is no such a file extension limitations on Macintosh, Mac users took it as ".jpeg". Now such limitations on file extension disappear in Windows, ".jpeg" is also widely accepted. Both 2 terms ".jpg" ".jpeg", though essentially the same thing, coexist and become the most popular image format.

JPEG2000 is the new standard created by Joint Photographic Experts Group in the year of 2000 as the next generation of JPEG, designed to offer better compression performance with improved image quality. However, decades past, JPEG doesn't hit the mainstream as it was expected. The main reason seems to go to its entirely different format based on new code which causes lower compatibility and more memory to process. However, JPEG2000 has its own followers, also got support from many other sites or applications.


There are abundant solutions to convert PDF to JPG on mac, but if you want to retain high image quality, an advanced PDF Converter for Mac such as Cisdem or Adobe will be greatly helpful.

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6 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Aeron

    Thanks for the knowledge about JPG and JPEG. Nice work, I mean the converter is good, I tried the free trial to convert one PDF, it kept the quality.

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Adam

    Yep, you got the point about image quality, will try and check out your Cisdem app.

    3 years ago REPLY
  • tom Jordan

    I had the same issue as Lisa. I had no "save to iPhoto" on the drop down menu.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Rebecca

    I have the same problem as Lisa. I have no iPhoto option in my drop down box.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Lisa

    i followed your directions as to how to convert PDF to JPG with Preview. Well, firstly in the file drop down there was not print highlighted so I could not select it. Secondly, I clicked the PDF button & there was NO place that said save to iPhotos. I don't know what Mac you used but mine is a 2015 Mac Air & I am sooo frustrated. Would you mind giving me instructions that work plz??? Thx

    4 years ago REPLY
  • DAwn Carson

    What is a key code? Needed to convert? !st time user in a free trial.

    4 years ago REPLY