Since vector images can be embedded in PDFs, it is possible to extract these graphics if they are required for use elsewhere. As vector images do not distort when resized, they can be useful when something has to be printed in a large format. For example, if a company logo has to be printed and no other sources are available, the PDF containing the company profile can be used to extract the image. While most image editing programs can extract an image from a PDF document, only vector graphics editors such as Inkscape and Illustrator will be able to save the resulting image as a vector. Launch Inkscape and click ‘File’ and then ‘Open’ to select the PDF file containing the vector graphic. Select the page containing the vector graphic and then click ‘OK’ on the ‘PDF Import Settings’ window. Right-click the vector graphic and click ‘Ungroup’ from the pop-up menu. This splits the image up into its vector components so you can extract the parts you require. Click and drag your cursor over the part of the image you want to extract. Once you release the mouse button, the selected image will have bounding boxes with scale/rotation handles around it. Right-click the selected image and click ‘Copy.’ Click ‘File,’ then ‘New,’ then ‘Default’ and click ‘Edit’ and ‘Paste’ to extract the vector graphic from the PDF file to the new document. Click and drag the vector image into position on the blank page. Use the scale handles around the image to enlarge it to the dimensions that you prefer. Click ‘File’ and ‘Save’ and type a name for the vector file. Select ‘SVG’ as the ‘Save as type’ to store the file in a vector format. Launch Adobe Illustrator and click ‘File’ and then ‘Open’ before selecting the PDF document containing the vector graphic you want to extract. If you do not own Adobe Illustrator, download the free trial version (see Resources) that allows you to use the product for 30 days. Enter the page number containing the vector image in the ‘Open PDF’ window then click ‘OK.’ Click ‘Preview’ and then scroll through the pages to see a small thumbnail of each page if you are not sure which page contains the vector image. Click the ‘Selection’ tool and then click and drag a selection box around the vector image you want to extract. Click ‘Edit’ and ‘Copy’ to save the vector image to the clipboard. Click ‘File’ and then ‘New’ and enter the dimensions of the new document where you want to save the vector image you extracted. Click ‘Edit’ and ‘Paste’ to place the extracted vector image in the new document. Click and drag the handles on the bounding box around the image to resize it to the dimensions that you require. Click ‘File’ and ‘Save’ and type a name for the vector file. Select ‘SVG’ or ‘EPS’ as the ‘Save as type’ in order to store the file in a vector format. Launch Adobe Acrobat and click ‘File’ and then ‘Open’ before selecting the PDF document containing the vector graphic you want to extract. If you do not own Adobe Acrobat, download the free trial version (see Resources) that allows you to use the product for 30 days. Click ‘Choose Page/Object Editor’ and then in the resulting dialogue box navigate to any vector-editing program (such as Illustrator, Corel Draw or Inkscape) installed on your computer. Acrobat cannot edit the vector graphic directly, but it allows you to specify a vector-editing program on your computer to which it will be extracted. Click ‘OK’ and then click the ‘Tools’ tab on the right side of the screen. Click the ‘Content’ tab and then click ‘Edit objects.’ Click and drag a selection box around the vector image you want to extract. Right-click on the selected vector image and click ‘Edit objects’ from the pop-up menu. This opens the vector image in the vector-editing program you specified earlier. Doing so allows you to open the vector image and save it in a vector-editing program that cannot directly open PDF files. Virtually growing up in a computer repair shop, Naomi Bolton has held a passion for as long as she can remember. After earning a diploma through a four year course in graphic design from Cibap College, Bolton launched her own photography business. Her work has been featured on Blinklist, Gameramble and many others. Source.