PDF Image Extract Tool...


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I know I have seen a bunch of posts regarding extracting the images from PDF files. Their appears to be a big difference in how Adobe 8 vs Adobe 9 handles this.

I wanted to share that I found a free utility that extracts all the images from a PDF in one go. Just used it on Chapter 3 and it worked great and all the maps came without any room numbers.

Its called the Some PDF Image Extract tool.

About the only bug I found with it so far is that the Directory you ask to extract the images to needs to be one folder deeper than you actually want. For example C:\FolderA\FolderB\FolderC if you have it extract to FolderC it will actually put the images into FolderB.

Other than that it makes getting all the images really fast and easy. Hope this helps others.


Wow, that worked exceptionally well. It was very quick too.

I didn't set an output directory and it just created a directory in the same directory of the file I was grabbing and put them all in there.

Now if I can just figure out how to have it default the transparencies into white instead of black I will be extremely happy (no biggie if I can't, I can do that manually if I need to).

Sean Mahoney

Dark Archive

Great find. I've really been looking for something like this.


Sean Mahoney wrote:

Wow, that worked exceptionally well. It was very quick too.

I didn't set an output directory and it just created a directory in the same directory of the file I was grabbing and put them all in there.

Now if I can just figure out how to have it default the transparencies into white instead of black I will be extremely happy (no biggie if I can't, I can do that manually if I need to).

Sean Mahoney

Again, the most effective way to do this is to have the full version of Acrobat and simply delete everything on the page your image is on except for the image, center on the white page background, take a screenshot, and cut the picture from your screenshot. You don't need to worry about the fickle transparency layer if you can do that.


A strange effect occurs in many of the images in RotR 1 as well, that is that they are cut into multiple parts and must be jigsawed back together.

I am happy to say that I now have all the maps from the dungeons of thistletop to the end of the Skinsaw murders sized up to 1" per square and the secret doors taken out (and ready to print on their own so I can tape them on when they are found... got to love rubber stamping.

Sean Mahoney


Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Thanks for the info!

Scarab Sages

Has anyone used any of the other tools by that company?

I have a problem with some of the PF multifile versions, in that they either don't unzip without a password (10,11, and 12) or have one or two chapters in odd, unrecognised formats (PF21-looking again, I'm not sure if the chapter in question has come from the right issue, even. It's listed as 070-075 PZO9019 Journal.pd. Wierd.)

The single-file versions are OK, so can I copy them and cut them down into individual chapters?

Or if anyone can talk me through doing this in Acrobat, that would be a big help.

(In light of the recent industry hoo-hah, note the Charter tag, above; I do legally own the single-file versions in question, being on board since day one.)

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I don't understand why you would need a tool.

All I do is select the Image, Copy it and paste it where I want it..

Fairly simple.


Scott Betts wrote:
Again, the most effective way to do this is to have the full version of Acrobat...

Easier said than done! The full version of Acrobat is quite expensive, so the tricky part of your explanation is to "have" it.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Dragnmoon wrote:

I don't understand why you would need a tool.

All I do is select the Image, Copy it and paste it where I want it..

Fairly simple.

Doesn't work in Acrobat 9. You have to highlight it with the photo tool and that means you get all the room number and secret door text as well. So this tool will be very useful.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Paul Watson wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:

I don't understand why you would need a tool.

All I do is select the Image, Copy it and paste it where I want it..

Fairly simple.

Doesn't work in Acrobat 9. You have to highlight it with the photo tool and that means you get all the room number and secret door text as well. So this tool will be very useful.

wow you are right.. What about other PDF readers?

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Dragnmoon wrote:
Paul Watson wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:

I don't understand why you would need a tool.

All I do is select the Image, Copy it and paste it where I want it..

Fairly simple.

Doesn't work in Acrobat 9. You have to highlight it with the photo tool and that means you get all the room number and secret door text as well. So this tool will be very useful.
wow you are right.. What about other PDF readers?

It works in Adobe 8. Doesn't work in the latest release of Foxit. Not sure about others.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Of course, the best thing to do (if you can afford it) is to use Photoshop. You can usually open a single page of a PDF in Photoshop, but can't do the Pathfinders that way because they are password locked and protected. So I take a screenshot of the page I want, then open that into Photoshop. In Photoshop, you can flatten the image, crop it, and use the eraser tool to take out stuff you don't want to be seen by the players!

I have discovered an even cooler thing you can do with Photoshop as well (on my Mac laptop)! I have two VTT groups and one face-to-face group. One thing I prefer about VTT D&D is how you present maps to the players. I use Fantasy Grounds II, and there is a cool masking tool that uses an translucent mask for the DM, that appears as an opaque mask to the players. You can reveal rooms to the players as they move from room to room. The only downside is the Paizo PDFs tend to be incredibly low res, so your players have to deal with fuzzy gridlines and images.

I wanted to use this VTT technology in my one face-to-face group, and I finally figured out a way. You save your image not in Jpeg form but instead in psd format. You then create a second layer, rasterize it, and make a box and fill it with an solid fill over the image of the map. Now you can use the eraser tool to slowly reveal the map to players as they go from room to room. When you hide the map from the players, you can use the slider to reduce the 2nd layer fill's percentage to make the box fill less opaque, so you can see what you are opening up. Then you slide it back to 100% fill and reshow it to the players. It's just like the VTT mapping model! I haven't used graph paper in months! All you need is a copy of Photoshop on a laptop computer.

Try it, you'll like it!


dmchucky69 wrote:
Of course, the best thing to do (if you can afford it) is to use Photoshop.

I have to disagree with you there.

I was using the photoshop correcting technique, it is time consuming and produces (in my case) an undesirable quality for the time put in.

When I discovered you could collect the images without labels using Adobe Reader v8, the quality of my VTT maps increased dramatically, and the time I spent doing it was a fraction of messing with the images in photoshop.

Also, DMChucky69, it sounds like you need to see Maptool. It's a free VTT with a Fog of War feature not unlike what you describe using the eraser tool. It's also cross-platform, and it is much more customizable than most of the proprietary VTT applications. Check it out.


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I use Maptools for all my games. I saw a rig a guy had created over on the Enworld forums and copied his setup. It's a projector you hang from the ceiling and point straight down at your game table. You then hook up a laptop to it that is running Maptools. You then set your laptop to "extend desktop" mode. This lets you display one thing on your laptop screen and something else on the projector. I launch 2 instances of Maptools and set one as the server and the other as the client. Then I drag the client window over to the extended desktop.
The result is that the players can see the map with a grid and get the effect of the fog of war. While on my laptop screen I can control the DM side and reveal rooms. My players use miniatures so they just move their figures around on the projected image while we play.
For all my maps I use Adobe 7 to extract the images. It works out great.


Keepiru wrote:

I use Maptools for all my games. I saw a rig a guy had created over on the Enworld forums and copied his setup. It's a projector you hang from the ceiling and point straight down at your game table. You then hook up a laptop to it that is running Maptools. You then set your laptop to "extend desktop" mode. This lets you display one thing on your laptop screen and something else on the projector. I launch 2 instances of Maptools and set one as the server and the other as the client. Then I drag the client window over to the extended desktop.

The result is that the players can see the map with a grid and get the effect of the fog of war. While on my laptop screen I can control the DM side and reveal rooms. My players use miniatures so they just move their figures around on the projected image while we play.
For all my maps I use Adobe 7 to extract the images. It works out great.

I would soooo do this if:

#1 My wife would let me mount a projector in the basement.
#2 I could afford a decent projector (1600x1200).

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