Extracting an image from a PDF document is an understandably desirable tool when working with PDFs. You may want to clip charts, examples or graphs to use online or in a presentation, for example.
But there's a bit of a misconception floating around - that whole image files are inserted into PDFs and thus getting those images is just a matter of finding that file to extract the image.
Unfortunately, PDF documents only contain raw image data - no formatting, no headers, and no defined color space. PDF supports image data in a variety of color spaces, including Lab, CalRGB, ICCBased, Device CMYK and Separation. Many problems associated with extracting images from PDFs stem from not knowing or specifying which color space is associated with the raw image data.
Not truly understanding how images and PDFs work together can produce a lot of common problems, such as producing corrupt, partial, washed-out or incorrectly colored images, or being unable to handle secure documents, or skipping over images in the document altogether (producing the dreaded "Insufficient image data" error).
Accusoft's PDF Xpress gracefully handles image extraction from PDF documents quickly and correctly, managing colors and adjusting for image clarity to properly convert images. To learn more about how PDF Xpress can address specific problems with PDFs, check out our white paper on extracting images from a PDF document.
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