First, a word about PDF. It is an acronym (of course) for
Portable Document Format, an encoding scheme (developed by Adobe
back in 1993) for creating and displaying documents across all
computer platforms, languages and programs. Since it was
developed to capture documents and images and not to edit or resize
you must move your images out of the PDF document and into something
more comfortable, like an imaging or word-processing program. Be aware:
Images will be copied with your monitor screen resolution
(72dpi-96dpi), not with the image's resolution which may be 300dpi.
Enlarging them significantly will cause jagged distortion.
Now, you have two choices.
Open the PDF file with an imaging program.
Many of the newer and fancier programs, like Adobe PhotoShop
or Corel Paint Shop can open a PDF file. After you
choose "Open File" in your program, you may have to tell it to
browse all file types, otherwise it may just look for typical image
file formats. Once you have the file open, you can
save it as a JPG or TIF file, then select, crop and resize the images as you normally would.
Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader or Adobe
Acrobat, copy the image, and paste it in your imaging or
word-processing program. The process for copying images is hard to
describe, because it is
different for every version of Adobe Reader. Generally, Adobe
through 6.0 allow for some variation on this:
Open the PDF file containing the image you want
to print. If you have an Adobe Reader version less than 4.0,
or none at all, you can download the latest version from Adobe.
In the Adobe Reader, select the image.
This may involve using
the "Graphics Select" or "Select Image" tool, drawing around the image with the
just clicking on the image.
Copy the image by either right-clicking or
going to the "edit" menu and selecting "copy". If this doesn't work (it selects only part of an image) then use the
"snapshot" tool. Click on the "snapshot" tool, hold the mouse key, and
drag a rectangle around the image. When you release the mouse key, you
receive the following message: "The selected area has been copied to the
Open the word or image editing program you
have on your computer (Print Shop, Photoshop, Microsoft Word,
Paste the image by either right-clicking or
selecting "paste" from the "edit" menu.
Now you can resize or edit the image.
Note: We have had serious trouble copying images successfully
out of Adobe Reader 8.0. We ended up uninstalling 8.0 and
installing 6.0, which works fine.