Batch Rasterize PDF

Batch rasterize PDF re-creates the document using images of the pages instead of vector commands. It functions the same as exporting a PDF to images and then re-importing the images into a new PDF. Each document will be handled individually using the chosen settings during the batch process.

How to Rasterize a Batch of PDFs

  1. On the menu bar go to Batch > Images > Rasterize PDF
  2. Set the options for the batch process. Additional details for each of the settings are available below.
  3. Once all of the settings are complete, click on Start... to begin the batch process.  

Batch Rasterize Settings

Page Range

Pages - The range of pages to be rasterized

Note: When processing the batch PDF Studio will only rasterize the selected page range if they exist within the PDF. If the pages do not exist no pages will be rasterized. For example, if set to rasterize pages 5-7 and the document only has 3 pages nothing will be rasterized and the document will remain the same.


Compression - Sets the image format when rasterizing the PDFs. Only images compatible with the PDF format can be chosen.

JPEG Quality - This is the quality of JPEG compression. It varies from 0 (very high compression, very low quality), to 10 (low compression, very high quality) based on the quality parameter. Some guidelines for the quality value: 8 high quality, 5  medium quality, 2 low quality.

DPI Resolution - Resolution in DPI used to render the page, 72 is the PDF native resolution.

File List

Add Files - Displays a file chooser to add individual files to the list.

Add Folder - Displays a file chooser that adds the contents of a directory to the list.

- Removes the selected file(s) from the list.

- Moves the selected file(s) up the list.

- Moves the selected file(s) down the list.

- Moves the selected file(s) to the top of the list.

- Moves the selected file(s) to the bottom of the list.

Set Default Batch Directory - When checked, all files from the default batch directory will be added to the File List each time a batch dialog is opened.

Save Files To

Destination Folder - This option allows you to set a destination folder to place all of the processed files. You can type the destination manually or click on the "..." button to open a directory chooser to set the destination folder

Overwrite Files - When checked, if a file with the same name as the file being processed is located in the destination folder it will be overwritten with the newly processed PDF file. If this option is not checked, a number will be appended to the output file name, to avoid duplicate file names.

Passwords to try when opening documents

To set a password click in the password field or on the Edit button. Then enter the password you want to be used. Do this for up to four passwords to try on password protected PDFs during the batch process.

Note: The passwords entered here will only be used for this batch process and will not be stored anywhere else. Passwords will have to be entered for each new batch process.