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How to Convert PDF to Image (JPEG/BMP/PNG/GIF/TIFF) on Mac Clearly?

A lot of times we need a couple images in the PDF document rather than an entire file. Or you just want to convert your PDF file to images for other purpose. For many people, it is not easy since they may don’t know how to convert PDF to image. This article will recommend several online and offline PDF to image converters for Mac users and also provides the details about how to convert PDF to image on mac, like PDF to JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF clearly on Mac.

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In terms of conversion quality and versatility in function, I will recommend Cisdem PDFConverter for Mac for Mac users, which is one of the better-known PDF file conversion programs. It can batch convert PDF documents into best quality images including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF and BMP. It also worth to mention that Cisdem PDFConverter also supports converting PDF files to Microsoft Word(.docx), PowerPoint(.pptx), ePub, RTFD, Text, HTML, Keynote, Pages, etc.

Step 1. Download Cisdem PDFConverter for Mac and launch it on your Mac.

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Step 2. Open your PDF file on this PDF Converter for mac. Directly drag-and-drop PDF files to the program. And it supports to add multiple PDF files.

use cisdem pdf converter to convert pdf to image on macStep 3. Choose the image format you want. Choose all PDF files you want to convert, and then click "Convert", choose "PDF to Image", all image formats will be displayed.

use cisdem pdf converter to convert pdf to image on mac convert stepStep 4. Start to convert PDF to image.

PDF conversion is always a big issue in our work which stimulates various service and tools to help in this field. There are basically 2 types of methods to convert PDF to Image on mac: online services and offline PDF converters.

Online PDF to Image Converter

When you input “convert PDF to image” in Google Search Bar, you will get many online PDF conversion services. For those who just have a small number of PDF files needing to be converted or users rarely use PDF conversion, online PDF to image converter enough to meet their requirements. But if you get large PDFs and work with PDFs on a regular basis, online tools are not the best choice since online converters generally have a size limit on the file, and quite feature limited. 

There are two online converters with relatively decent conversion effects for Mac users, users can choose according to their demands. 

1. PDF Converter

PDF converter is totally free and it can convert PDF files to JPG, PNG or TIFF Images. Use the "Select files..." button to locate the PDF document file on your Mac, then import your email address to receive converted PDF files, choose the image format you want, click the "Convert" button. Done!


ZAMZAR is also a free PDF file conversion, more 15 image formats are provided by it, including JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, DWG, PSD, etc. Choose file (up to 100 MB)> Choose the format to convert to> Enter your email address to receive converted files> Convert. You will get the image you want.

Attention: Sensitive Files are Not Recommended Uploaded for Conversion Due to Potential Risk of Information Leakage. 

Offline PDF to Image Converter

1. Adobe Acrobat 
As the most powerful PDF handler, Adobe Acrobat Pro is sure to provide the most perfect way to convert PDF to image for users.
Step 1. Download Adobe Acrobat Pro and launch it on your Mac. 
Please note: the free version of Acrobat will not convert PDF files, you need to subscribe it.

Step 2. Open the PDF file in Acrobat. Go to File>Export To >Image( JPEG, JPEG2000, TIFF or PNG) , you can choose the image format you want.


how to convert pdf to image on mac with adobe

Step 3. Click the Save button.


2. Apple Preview

Mac users all know that PDF files can be opened in Apple Preview. Surely, it also can convert PDF to image.

Step 1. Open your PDF file in Preview. Please note: Preview will export only the current page.

Step 2. Export the page. Select "Export..." in the File menu.

Step 3. Choose the image format you want, including JPEG, JPEG-2000, PNG, TIFF.


Summary for the Part

Being easily accessible, these methods indeed enjoy a large popularity among PDF users. But if you demand high on the conversion quality (see following different conversion effects using different methods)

or ask for a better user experience to set your own preferences on the conversion(like batch conversion, convert to ePub, PPT, Word and other file formats…), I have another tool to recommend.


There are 5 commonly used image formats created for different purposes: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF. They are different from each other and let's find out which type should be used under different occasions.

5 popular image formats

JPEG(Joint Photographic Experts Group)
The most popular image format attributing to its web-friendly file size. This is because JPEG use a lossy compression to save image, that is to say, JPEG discard most of its information to keep the file smaller.

GIF(Graphics Interchange Format)
The most suitable for graphics, diagrams, cartoons and logos with fewer colors. That is why GIF is often used for animation effects. GIF compresses images either reducing its colors or replacing multiple patterns into one. That is to say, no matter how many red colors contained in the image, GIF saves it with only one red color.

PNG(Portable Network Graphics)
Another web-friendly image format with a shinning feature supporting 8 bit transparency. It is a more advanced version of GIF, which can save the color information more efficiently than GIF.

The image format created by Microsoft and works as the default format to set a wallpaper in Windows. It is quite rich in color, high in quality, which adversely leads to its large file size. 

TIFF(Tagged Image File Format)
The most widely used industry-standard image format. It is usually uncompressed for further manipulations in extensive photo editing software, which make the file size quite bigger than other formats.

You maybe still confused about the difference between them, here I put these photos in different image formats for you to have a comparative look on them. For the reason when files in their original file size, the difference is not so obvious, so I zoom in 300% for you to have a closer look.

comparison between different image formatsConclusion

In most cases, we have many choices to trouble shooting but waste too much time on finding out the one most suitable for us. Yet, it can be easy because getting you an expert is always a right way out. So, what’s your best PDF converter for mac to perform such a conversion?

2017-03-15 03:59:38 / Posted byRosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

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