Convert a PDF to JPG with Preview in Mac OS X
Preview is an often underused Mac OS X app that can handle a lot of file and image conversion tasks without the need for downloading any third party tools. Preview also happens to be the default PDF viewer in Mac OS X, and as such it can be used to easily convert any PDF file to a JPG, while still preserving the appearance and structure of the PDF.
Assuming you haven’t installed Adobe Acrobat Reader, Preview will be the default PDF viewer in Mac OS X. If it’s not, open the file in Preview anyway.
- Launch Preview from the /Applications/ folder and open the PDF that needs to be converted
- Pull down the “File” menu and select “Export” (if you mapped Export to the “Save As” shortcut just hit Command+Shift+S)
- From the ‘Export As’ window, click the contextual menu next to “Format” and choose “JPEG”
- Adjust the quality or resolution if necessary, and then hit “Save”
That’s all there is to it, the new JPG will be in the same directory as the PDF it came from unless you specified otherwise.
Thanks for the tip idea Shawnie