How to Extract an Image from a PDF on iPad

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1. Open the PDF document in Highlights

Locate and tap the PDF file you want to open in the Highlights document browser:

iPad displaying Highlights document browser.

The PDF opens in a document scene:

iPad displaying a PDF document open in Highlights

2. Select the image you want to extract

If you use an Apple Pencil or mouse, this will bring up the full selection popover:

Selection popover when using Apple Pencil or mouse pointer

If you use your finger, this will bring up the standard selection popover:

Selection popover

2. Tap the image selection tool:

Image selection icon

Your image selection is added as a rectangle annotation in the PDF and the image will show up in your notes.

3. Tap inside the image selection

Image selection over an area of interest in the PDF

This brings up the annotation popover:

Annotation popover for image selection

4. Tap the Smart Copy button to copy the image:

Annotation popover with copy button highlighted

Keep in mind that Smart Copy requires Highlights Pro.

If the image selection contains text you can convert it to text using OCR. If it contains a table you can even convert it to data and paste it in a spreadsheet.