Image copied from PDF is black

Community Beginner ,
Nov 30, 2016 Nov 30, 2016

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Normally I find I can extract an image from a PDF by selected it, copying it, then pasting it into an image program such as MS Paint.

However, I have a series of PDFs where, if I try this, the image is black.

The Snapshot functionality is not appropriate here since that can only be used to select a viewable area onscreen and in this case the image is much bigger than the screen (and if I zoom out, the resulting image is low resolution).

Any help appreciated,

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LEGEND ,
Nov 30, 2016 Nov 30, 2016

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It seems like you may be using the full version of Acrobat? Is that correct?

If so, you want this forum: Acrobat

This is the Adobe Acrobat Reader forum. Reader cannot "extract" images.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 01, 2016 Dec 01, 2016

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No, it's for Reader. Yes, one can indeed copy and paste images from Reader.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 01, 2016 Dec 01, 2016

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Sorry. "Copy/Paste" and extract are two different things. Copy/paste will work yes but "Extract" is an actual feature of Adobe Acrobat that will pull images at their set resolution. "Copy/Paste" won't do that.

It could be that the image has a transparent layer on top of it. PDF's can have several layers and they can be on top or behind the image. If it's on top, you may have to us the snapshot tool.

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Jun 15, 2020 Jun 15, 2020

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The link above to "Forum" does not work.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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That's because this is an old thread. They have completely rebuilt the forums since this was posted.

 

You can find the Acrobat forum HERE.

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2020

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I'm experiencing the same. Did you ever find a resolution to this? Thanks!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021

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This worked for me: right click on the area you selected, then instead of "copy image" hit "copy with formatting".

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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The only way I could fix this issue was to scan it to myself and then do the image copy off of the scan. 

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New Here ,
Sep 10, 2021 Sep 10, 2021

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I was having the same issue. The only time I was able to copy without seeing the black box was to select: "Edit--> Edit text and images" on both documents. Then Edit--> copy the desired object/image, and then paste on the destinattion file. I'm using Acrobat though.

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Jan 20, 2022 Jan 20, 2022

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The black box issue has been aggravating me for months! I tried all of the solutions proposed in other users' posts without success. Every item I copied turned into a black box when I pasted it to the destination. 

This worked for me:

On the original document, go to "Tools", and open "Rich Media". When you click/copy your selection, you can see it being uploaded to the clipboard. From there, I was able to paste to the destination without any issues (I didn't have the media tool open on the destination document).

I hope this is helpful!

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