How to Convert PDF to JPG on Mac

On a Mac, you can only use the built-in tools to convert some or all of the pages of a PDF file to JPG. We are going to show you how to do this conversion using the built-in Preview and Automator apps on Mac.

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Convert a single PDF page to JPG

To convert a single selected page from your PDF to JPG, use the Mac’s built-in preview app.

Use your Mac’s Preview app to crop, resize, rotate, and edit pictures

First, open the folder with your PDF file in the Finder.

Right click on your PDF file and choose Open With> Preview from the menu.

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In the preview, select the PDF page that you want to convert to JPG. Then select File> Export in the menu bar.

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The Preview export window is displayed. Click the Export As field at the top of this window and enter a name for your converted JPG file. Then choose a folder to save your file in.

In the lower part of the export window, click on the “Format” drop-down menu and select “JPEG”. Drag the Quality slider to the left to decrease the quality of the resulting file, or to the right to increase the quality of the file.

Optionally, click the Resolution field and enter a value. You probably don’t need to change this, however.

Then click “Save” at the bottom of the export window to save your file.

Enter    Preview details of the resulting JPG file.

Preview converts your selected PDF page to JPG. You can find the resulting JPG file in your specified folder.

A PDF page was converted to JPG in a Finder window.

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Convert an entire PDF file to JPG

If you have a multi-page PDF, the preview method listed above is not ideal. Instead, use an Automator Quick Action that converts all of the pages of your PDF to JPG at once. This method can also process multiple PDF files at once.


To do this quick action, first open Automator on your Mac. To do this, press Command + Spacebar, type “Automator” into Spotlight search and select it from the search results.

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In Automator, choose File> New from the menu bar.

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At the Automator prompt, choose Choose a Type for Your Document, and choose Quick Action. Then click below “Choose”.

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You are now in the editing screen of your quick action. Here, click the dropdown menu above “Workflow Receives Current” and choose “PDF files”.

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In the upper left corner of Automator, click “Actions”. Then click the text box next to “variables” and give “Render PDF pages as images” a.

Find the action in Automator


From the search results, drag “Render PDF Pages As Images” and drop it on the right side of the workflow.

Add the action to the workflow in Automator

In the Render PDF Pages As Images section on the right, click the Format drop-down menu and select JPEG Image.

Optionally, click Resolution to specify a custom resolution for your image and click Compression to choose a compression level for your files.

Configure the action

Click the search box next to it again “variables”. Give this time “Move viewfinder elements” a. Then drag from the search results “Move Finder Items” and put it in the section “Render PDF pages as images” in the workflow on the right.

Add the action to the workflow in Automator

Click the section “Move search objects” right on the drop-down menu “To” and choose a folder to save your converted JPG files to.

Configure the action

Your quick action is now ready. To save it, choose File> Save from the Automator menu bar. Alternatively, press Command + S.

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Automator prompts you to save. Enter a name for your quick action here and click “Save on computer”. This is the name that will be displayed when you use this action. So use something descriptive. We’ll go with you “PDF to JPG”.

Enter a name for the quick action and click

Now that your quick action is saved, close Automator by clicking Automator> Quit Automator from the menu bar.

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To use your newly created quick action to convert a PDF to a JPG, first open the folder that contains your PDF file or files.

Find PDF files in the Finder.

Use your mouse or trackpad to select the PDF files that you want to convert to JPG. Then right click on any PDF file and choose Quick Actions> PDF to JPG. If you used a different name for your quick action, choose that instead of “PDF to JPG”.

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Automator will immediately start converting the pages of your selected PDF files to JPG. When your files are converted, you can find them in your specified folder.

JPG versions of PDF pages in the Finder.


Here’s how to batch convert PDF to JPG on Mac. Have fun converting!

Did you know that you can convert virtually any image or document to PDF on your Mac? You don’t even need a third-party tool to do this!

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