Adobe Reader Assistance for Graphics
Directions on Extracting Graphics for Use in Other Programs
Please print these directions and read the entire page before you begin.
Prerequisites for Extracting Graphics
Before you can extract graphics from an Acrobat document, several conditions must first be met:
1. You must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
2. You must have the pdf file from which you are going to extract the graphics saved on your hard drive. To do this, let's assume you have made a Performance Report query and the Acrobat document is being displayed in your web browser window.
3. Choose File > Save As from the menu bar at the top of the screen.
4. A dialog box will appear asking you where to save the file on your hard drive. Save it in a location and remember that location.
5. At this point you may choose to Quit your web browser.
Example: a saved file may have the name perf2.sh in which case you would change it to perf2.pdf.
6. Open the file from your hard drive that you just saved. The Acrobat Reader should open and display the first page of the report.
7. You are now ready to follow the method listed below.
How to Select and Copy Graphics in Acrobat Reader
You can select and copy graphics in PDF files from within most Adobe Acrobat viewers; this includes the Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01 and above.
Copying Graphics from Specific Pages
To select graphics in a PDF file and copy it to the clipboard or another program:
1. Open the PDF file in your Acrobat viewer and choose Tools > Select Graphics. Notice the hand becomes a cross hair.
2. To select a graphic you wish to copy, click and drag from the top corner of the graphic area you want to copy, to the opposite bottom corner. Release the mouse button only after you have selected the area you wish to copy.
3. To copy the graphic to the clipboard, choose Edit > Copy.At this point the graphic you copied is saved in memory -- no additional files are created. However, the information will stay in memory only until you copy something else.
4. You can now open your favorite word processor or page layout program (such as Microsoft Word, Pages, or Quark) and paste the graphic. To paste the graphic, choose Edit > Paste.