How can I read an image file that is stored in PDF format (much like reading a jpeg file with I = imread('image.jpg')?

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Douglas Chai
Douglas Chai on 21 May 2015
Commented: Douglas Chai on 6 Jan 2021
At the moment, I have to first convert (outside MATLAB) the image from PDF to JPEG format so that I can use imread in MATLAB. Is there a direct way to read in a (single page) PDF file as an image? Many thanks.

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Stephen on 21 May 2015
Edited: Stephen on 21 May 2015
The short answer is: no.
The PDF "standard" is not an image file format, although in some ways the entire PDF is a bit like an image, in that it contains information about the locations and presentation of elements on a page. This means that it is extremely versatile, but also very unwieldy and not very friendly for the simple extraction of text or images. If the image that you want is an embedded bitmap image (e.g. JPG, etc), then there may be some tool for extracting this. If it is something like an EPS, then it may be easier to convert this to EPS and import this format into MATLAB.
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