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This is a PDF of an artist's portfolio. She wants to reuse these images in another project she's working on, but unfortunately, she's lost the original files and all she has now is just this PDF. So she wants me to pull the images out of the PDF so that she can reuse them. Now I am sort of at the mercy of how this PDF was created. If these images are low resolution, I'm not going to be able make them look any better. So I want to make sure that however they are, I maintain every little bit of information that's in there.
For that I need something called Document Processing. Under Tools--it doesn't show up initially, so you need to reveal it. Here we go, Document Processing. And there are a lot of functions under Document Processing, but this is the one I want: Export All Images. Now it made a folder to hold the images. When you look at the pulldown for Save as type, you have a number of image format options. I'll tell you, in this case I want to make sure I can get as good of images out of it as went into it, so I'm to choose TIFF, not JPEG, and the reason is JPEG would apply some compression.
It throws away some information. I don't want it doing that. I want as faithful a rendering of those images as I can get. So first I choose TIFF and then I choose Settings. So here, for Grayscale and Color, why do I say None? Well, because any of these other choices is going to induce some compression, and it means I lose a little information. So I'm going to say no compression, no change; just pull it out the way it is. As far as Colorspace, whether it's RGB or CMYK, it's going to come out in whatever form it is in the PDF.
Down here we have a little exclusion. It says if they're smaller than 1 inch, gee, it's probably not worth it. You can change that if you want. I know that in this file there's nothing that falls under that threshold, so it's not an issue. So when I click OK and then click Save, that doesn't take very long, so what do I have to show for that? I have a folder full of images. And if I were to open these up in Photoshop, you'd see that they look as good in Photoshop as they do in the PDF. So that means I've gotten the best I could out of the PDF. It would have been better if she still had her original files, because now they're cropped in the PDF.
But at least she has something. And until I did this, she didn't have any images at all. So this is great. If you ever have to pull content out of a PDF, Acrobat can do it for you.
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