4 Ways To Convert Documents Into Image Files

4 Ways To Convert Documents Into Image Files

Document files are one of the most used applications on any digital device for both business and personal purposes. Nevertheless, as different devices have varying compatibility with document viewers, it can become a hassle to open them if your operating system needs an application that you don’t have.

Fortunately converting documents into images is a simple solution to improve accessibility and even make documents mobile optimized. Thus, if you want to change your document files into pictures there are several approaches you can try until you find the one that works for you.

Here are four ways to convert documents into image files:

1. Convert From A Document Viewer

If you’re converting a document into an image file using a PC, your method will depend on whether you’re using a web or offline application. You may also have to choose depending on which version and age of the operating system you have. The processes are simple and straightforward either way.

To start, you need to open the document you want to convert in your document viewer application and copy all the written text of your document. You can do this by clicking CTRL + C on Windows or Command + C on MacOS. Then you can open up a new document and right-click to display the paste options.

Older versions of Windows from 2007-2014 can select ‘paste special’ which will give you the option of ‘picture’. Click this and the pasted document will be saved as a picture.

Alternatively, you can install document management software onto your device as a time-saving option if you need to convert a large volume of documents which is particularly helpful for businesses.

Also read: Top 10 Methods to Repair & Recover Corrupt JPG Files

2. Convert Using An Image File

This next option is similar to the document viewer, except that the written text of your document will be pasted into an image viewer.

First, you’ll need to adjust the sizing of the document so that you can copy all the text and make it fit into separate pages when it’s converted. This is because image viewer applications don’t use document format and will make your document into one picture of smaller font size.

Thus, you can use the zoom function on your top panel to condense the size of your document so that it fits onto the screen. Then you can click on the print screen button on your keyboard or click Windows+ Shift+ S together. From here you can open the image viewer app and select paste or use CTLR + V shortcut key combo. Once the text on your document has appeared you can click the ‘save as’ function on the left-hand panel.

Next, you can save your document as the image file type that you prefer such as. JPG, JPEG, GIF, or. PNG. Just as a final test, reopen the image file to check its visibility. If it appears as a black background, then repeat the process again but this time, save it as a different file format.

3. Mobile Applications

Whether you have an Android or iOS-operated smartphone, the process of converting a document to an image is also quick and easy.

Firstly, you’ll need to open up the document you want to convert using a document viewer. If you don’t have one you can open it using an online viewer or install a PDF viewer app onto your phone.

Once you’ve opened the document, there’ll be three small dots on the top right of your phone screen that open up a panel. Click ‘save as’ where you can save it into a document file such as DOC, PDF, and TXT for instance.  From here, you can go onto your web browser and find a free application to convert your document file into an image. You can also use the app to reduce the image file size and save storage space on your phone.

An even simpler method for this is to take screenshots of your document as this will automatically make them into images. This works well if all your documents are formatted into individual pages.

For Android-powered phones, position your document to fit onto the screen and press the ‘power’ and ‘volume down’ buttons at the same time. On the other hand, press the ‘top’ and home button together for iOS-run products and the picture will appear as a thumbnail for you to open or save in your pictures folder.

Also read: How to Convert WebM to MP4 Without Damaging Quality

4. Converter Apps Or Websites

This method works with both PCs and smartphones, despite some of the functions may appear differently. You have the choice of using online converter websites for a one-time job and a few pages or installing converter apps onto your device for long-term use and a faster process. In this case, you’ll need to find an app from the app store to download it onto your device first. Click here to download one of the most popular PDF Converter tools.

For online converters, open your web browser and search for free file converter websites. Most will be titled ‘PDF to JPEG’ converter for instance. Once the web page has loaded click on the ‘drag here’ for IOS or ‘open file’ for android and Windows.

Select the document that you want to convert and wait for it to load select the type of image file that you want to convert it to and click ‘convert’. Once the site is complete, you can download the file. For installed applications, the process is similar except you have to open the app on your device to start, and you don’t need to be online to do this. In the end, you’ll be saving your document converted to an image instead of downloading it.


You can convert documents into images by using any digital device that supports the file format and can be opened with an app or the web. The conversions themselves are simple the app or web page does most of the work for you, all that’s needed is to upload the document and click the convert function.

Offline versions of this without an app just need a document or image viewer and copying text to paste it onto a new page and save it as an image file. All of these methods are user-friendly as long as you’re familiar with the device or converter application that you’re using.

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Isla Genesis

Isla Genesis is social media manager of The Tech Trend. She did MBA in marketing and leveraging social media. Isla is also a passionate, writing a upcoming book on marketing stats, travel lover and photographer.

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