How to Convert PDF’s to Images with GIMP

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Sometimes you may need to convert a PDF to an image PDF, which is a PDF file that contains images instead of text displayed over images. This can be useful for a variety of reasons, such as when you want to preserve the formatting of the original PDF or when you want to share the PDF with others who may not have the same fonts installed on their computer. This can also be used to prevent getting falsely accused of plagiarizing with AI software, more info on that topic can be found here.

Fortunately, GIMP, the popular open-source image editing software, can be used to easily convert a PDF to an image PDF. Here’s how to do it:


Install GIMP

First, you need to have GIMP installed on your computer. If you don’t have it already, you can download it for free from the official GIMP website:

Open the PDF File in GIMP

Once you have GIMP installed, open it and go to "File" > "Open" to open the PDF file you want to convert to an image PDF.

Import Pages as Layers

GIMP will show a dialog box asking you how you want to import the PDF file. Choose the "Open pages as Layers" option, and click "Import". GIMP will then import each page of the PDF as a separate image. You can view these images by clicking on the Layers tab on the right-hand side of the screen.

Export as PDF

To export the images to an image PDF, go to "File" > "Export As". In the "Export Image" dialog box, choose a location to save the image PDF file, and give it a name. Under "Select File Type", choose "PDF" from the drop-down menu. Click on the "Export" button to convert the images to a PDF.

Choose PDF Export Options

In the "Export Images as PDF" dialog box, make sure the "Layers as pages (bottom layers first)" option is selected, and click "Export".

Save the Image PDF File

GIMP will then save the image PDF file to the location you specified. You can now view and use the image PDF file just like any other PDF file.

That’s it! With these steps, you can easily convert a PDF to an image PDF using GIMP. Converting a PDF to an image PDF can be a useful skill to have, especially if you work with PDF files frequently. Give it a try and see how it can benefit you!

How does Turnitin react?

Many people ask, How does Turnitin react to PDFs that are made up of images? Well it simply doesn’t, Turnitin can’t scan text in images they can only scan text on images. Upon submitting your PDFs made up of images to Turnitin, you will likely be prompted with this result.

Turnitin Result

In order to see the displayed messages on a Turnitin submission, you must hover over the "x" with your mouse cursor

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