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Old 11-20-2009, 07:55 PM
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Opening PDF files in Paint.NET

Can someone please explain how to open up PDF files using Paint.NET. Is it possible?
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:04 PM
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There are open source programs that allow you to pull pictures out of .PDF files, after which you can do what you want with them, for example, this site has many applications that are free and work with .PDF's.

PDF Converter, FREE PDF Converter with SomePDF.com
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:53 AM
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If you can fit the whole image on your desktop you can do a printscreen and paste the image into paint on a simplistic level.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:48 AM
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lol good points
but not really answering his question as asked...?


I don't use Paint.net myself, but according to another Forum:
"To answer the original question, no, there is no way to import a PDF. You can print-screen, or save it as a different image file."

There was also a suggestion to use a Bitmap convertor and create a Bmp which can be imported into Paint.net
If you "Print Screen" you can create an image that will paste into a Paint.net document.
And then you can save it as another type of file.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:23 AM
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Yes a print screen option will work, but the resolution will be very low, 72dpi. Better to go with a pdf converter.
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:23 AM
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I just downloaded the program and tried it out for a few minutes. I believe Dave is 100% right about not being able to directly open up a pdf file. I know it's free and it looks to be not too bad but maybe Gimp or something else in the free realm might be better suited

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Old 11-21-2009, 11:46 AM
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Inkscape and Gimp (both open source) can open and convert pdfs.
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:21 PM
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Paint Shop Pro from Corel can also do it.
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:36 PM
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This is how I transfer PDF files into paint.net. Not a direct method, but it keeps the resolution nicely:



You just stretch the box around the image/data you want to transfer and it saves an exact copy.

Works for me...

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Old 11-22-2009, 04:47 AM
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KC, Thanks for starting this thread. I'm following it as I too have a pdf I dearly want to make some changes/improvements on.

Keep it coming guys! This is a BIG help! :D
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