How to Turn a PDF into a JPEG (Quick and Painless)

I tend to drive myself bonkers over these things…always trying to do it the hard way, the right way.

I had a client send me HUGE pdf files for images to be used in an eBook. I was clueless! They were all over 10 megs, so I couldn’t even email them to my graphic guy.

Anyway, a quick fix came from my son (also one of my graphic guys). Here’s what you do:

1. Open the PDF

2. Make sure the image on the screen contains the FULL image.

3. Push the button on your keyboard that says “PRT SC” (Print screen).

4. Open “Paint”. You’ll find it usually under Accessories in your Start up menu.

5. Push Control V (both buttons at the same time). This will paste the Screen Shot you just took into the Paint program.

6. Save the image in “Paint” as a .jpg

There are a couple more steps to get your image right.

7. Open your new .jpg with your image editor and crop out the Screen Shot part of the image. Then save the image.

Easy as pie.

And I know you techies are out there rolling your eyes at me. 🙂

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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