How to Convert a PDF to JPG on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Converting a PDF to JPG on Mac can be a useful skill to have, especially when you need to extract images from a PDF document. Fortunately, there are several methods you can use to achieve this. In this tutorial, we will explore three different ways to convert a PDF to JPG on Mac.

Method 1: Using Preview

If you don’t want to install any additional software, you can utilize the built-in Preview app on your Mac. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open the PDF in Preview: Locate the PDF file on your Mac and double-click it. The file will open in the Preview app by default.
  2. Export as Image: In the top menu bar, click on “File” and then select “Export”.
  3. Select JPEG as the format: In the format dropdown menu, choose “JPEG”.
  4. Adjust image quality: If desired, you can adjust the image quality using the slider.
  5. Select a destination folder: Choose where you want to save the converted JPG image and click “Save”.

This method allows you to convert an entire PDF document into a series of JPG images.

Method 2: Using Adobe Acrobat

If you have Adobe Acrobat installed on your Mac, it provides another convenient way to convert PDFs to JPGs. Here’s how:

  1. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat: Launch Adobe Acrobat and open the desired PDF file.
  2. Select “Export To”: In the top menu bar, click on “File” and then select “Export To”.
  3. Choose “Image” as the export format: From the submenu, select “Image” and then click on “JPEG”.
  4. Configure export settings: You can adjust the image quality, resolution, and other settings if needed.

Note that Adobe Acrobat offers more advanced options compared to Preview. You can extract specific pages or even convert only a selected area of a PDF into a JPG image.

Method 3: Using Online Converters

If you prefer not to install any software, various online converters are available that allow you to convert PDFs to JPGs. Here’s how:

  1. Select an online converter: There are several reputable online converters such as SmallPDF, Zamzar, or Adobe’s own online conversion tool.
  2. Upload your PDF file: Most online converters provide a simple drag-and-drop interface or file browsing option.
  3. Select JPEG as the output format: Look for the output format dropdown menu and choose JPEG.
  4. Initiate the conversion process: Click on the “Convert” or similar button to start the conversion process.
  5. Download your converted JPG image: Once the conversion is complete, you will usually be provided with a download link for your converted image. Click on it to save it to your Mac.

This method is convenient when you only need to convert occasional PDFs and don’t want to clutter your Mac with additional software.


Converting a PDF to JPG on Mac can be accomplished in multiple ways. Whether you choose to use the built-in Preview app, Adobe Acrobat, or online converters, you now have the knowledge and tools to extract images from PDFs efficiently. Experiment with different methods and find the one that suits your needs best.

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