Mini Tutorial: Using GIMP to convert a pdf to jpg

The Back Story

As I am searching for projects to do on the Cameo I find projects where the author offers a pdf template for the project. Unfortunately pdfs cannot be imported into Silhouette Studio but if you convert the pdf to a JGP or PNG it can be imported. Since I don’t have gobs of money to buy Photoshop, I using GIMP for all my photo editing needs; and so far it has been able to do everything I have needed to do.

Converting pdfs to jpg

If you don’t have GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), you can download it here.

4 Easy Steps for Convertion

  1. After opening GIMP, go to File -> Open, find where you saved the pdf file and click Open.
  2. An Import from PDF window will pop up where you can select which pdf page you would like to import, click on the page you want and then click the Import button at the bottom of the window.
  3. Then go to File -> Export and the Export Image window will open.
  4. In the Name box type the name you want and change the file extension to .jpg (the file extension is the 3 letters that are after the ‘.’ in the file name). Now you have a 8.5 x 11 JPG picture of the project that you can open in Silhouette Studio.

gimp_open gimp_page_select gimp_export gimp_export_name

If you have any questions about this tutorial leave a comment or send an email. I’m also open to any questions about the Silhouette Studio software and how to get pictures and templates into Silhouette Studio.


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