In this article, we’ll explain how to convert PDF files into JPEG on your Mac. Please note that this method also works with Word documents.

PDF was developed by Adobe Systems in 1993 as a cross-platform open electronic document format. Currently, PDF (Portable Document Format) files are the standard document type for most companies around the world due to their fixed format and convenient transportation. PDF documents are distinguished by security, smaller file size, and the ability to open them in cross-platform mode.

Apple company integrated Preview application as by default PDF viewer in macOS, and therefore you can use it to easily convert any PDF file to a JPG and many other formats, while maintaining the look and feel of the PDF.

It means that you have no need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or any side-software in most cases, the Preview will be used to view the PDF by default in macOS.

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Anyway, in the end of the article, we’ll give some recommendations for side-software solutions for that task.

So if you are ready, open the file in the Preview and let’s started.

How to Convert PDF to JPEG by Default Preview in macOS:

  • Open the PDF file in the Preview and select the desired slide in the sidebar of the window.
  • Click “File” > “Export”.
  • Next choose the file name & destination where the file will be saved.
  • In “Format” drop-down menu located in center choose “JPEG” and click “Save”.
  • This is all you need to do, to convert PDF slide to JPEG file.

How to Convert Word File to JPEG by default Preview in macOS:

  • Open in a Preview DOCX file you want to convert.
  • Click “File” > “Export as PDF”.
  • Choose the destination folder and save it.
  • Next steps are the same as you convert PDF to JPEG in guide ahead.
  • Open the PDF file in the Preview and select the desired slide in the sidebar of the window.
  • Click “File” > “Export”.
  • Next choose the file name & destination where the file will be saved.
  • In “Format” drop-down menu located in center choose “JPEG” and click “Save”.
  • Voilà!

Side-software to convert PDF to JPEG in macOS

Want to simplify the process even more? There are many applications can automate your workflow with PDF files in App Store, but in general cases we recommend to use two most popular and both free:

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

If we consider that the PDF format was developed by Adobe Systems, then who else can make the best application for their brainchild?

Skim

Multifunctional application. Provide everything you need for convenient work with editing or reading PDF files.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

3 Comments

  1. I have just been sending things to my windows computer at the office to convert things into JPEG. I honestly didn’t think it was possible without a fancy program on Mac. Being a new Mac user I really have no idea how most of it works. Your website is really going to help me out.

  2. Carlos Samey Reply

    Hi, Vincent. Thanks for taking the time for making this tutorial, really appreciated. I used to convert PDF to JPG file with Acethinker PDF Converter on my macbook pro, free and works fairly well. Share it here as an alternative solution.

    • Vincent Reply

      Hi, Carlos! I am very glad to hear, of course there are many alternative solutions. You are welcome!

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