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I have a PDF that was created by someone else and I cannot contact them. One of the images runs off the side of the page and is cut off. When I tried to copy/drag the image to various programs (paint,, gimp, word) they all just had a black section the size of the image. I was opening with Adobe Reader X. I tried to open with Foxit to see if I had any luck there, I did not. I tried converting to pdf directly to a word document, but that just gives you pages in word of what you can see in pdf (the image is still cut off).

The reason this is not like other questions here is others seem to be able to see the entire image/text and use the snapshot feature. I cannot since the image is cut off.

I looked at the properties of the PDF, there is not any security turned on, but I read something about enabling image copy. Does anyone know how to enable image copy, if there is such a feature? Does anyone know of a way that I can retrieve the image in another way?

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Do you have any reason to believe the rest of the image actually exists in the PDF? I would be surprised if the document retained information that would not be visible under any circumstances. – user55325 Jan 8 '14 at 21:44
@user55325 There is a border that goes off to the right when I click on the image. Based on that I am assuming the image is still complete in the PDF. The black paste size is also larger than the width of a PDF document. – JabberwockyDecompiler Jan 8 '14 at 22:04
it is unclear if this is the case with your image, but it is possible that the image is black with an alpha channel or transparency applied. I have seen SVG files (graphs, charts) which wrap a raster image in an SVG container and use that image as a mask on a black rectangle. (this defeats the purpose of using SVG vector files, but there it is) – horatio Jan 8 '14 at 22:23
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There are several methods to extract the images from a pdf.

I suggest you try any of the online tools as they are cross platform and do not require installation of any software

If you use Linux, try pdfimages

Windows try

OSX has a free trial software here :

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1 did the trick. P.S. 90 Seconds Johnny, that's all I ask for. – JabberwockyDecompiler Jan 8 '14 at 22:26
Great, hope it is a nice picture =) – bodhi.zazen Jan 8 '14 at 22:27
For anyone else studying the 70-480 HTML5 CSS3 JS for question 66 here is the full list of answer options. Question 66 Uncut Answer Selection – JabberwockyDecompiler Jan 8 '14 at 22:35
pdfimages is a great tool from the Xpdf package which is available both for Unix-like systems and Windows: – pabouk Jan 8 '14 at 22:47
@bodhi.zazen This saved me again, same file different spot. I did not even need to go to the site since it downloaded everything. Would upvote twice if I could. – JabberwockyDecompiler Jan 30 '14 at 19:43

Try to find a virtual printer that might help you print something as a PNG or a JPEG and then crop the result as required. Something like this:

Which emulates a printer that might help you print stuff as some image format

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Good idea, I gave that a try, it still just cut off the image. I also tried to send it to XPF. Same thing. – JabberwockyDecompiler Jan 8 '14 at 22:23

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