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Q. How can I resize the images in a PDF file?

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 them, 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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 versions 5.0 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 cursor, or 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 Clipboard."
    • Open the word or image editing program you have on your computer (Print Shop, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, etc)
    • 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.  


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