Convert PDF to TIFF Using Ghostscript Command Line

I’m starting to research for a project I’ll be working on involving PDF and TIFF multi-page documents and conversions. Here’s a commandline to convert a PDF to a TIFF (works for multipage too).

gswin32c.exe -o test.tif -sDEVICE=tiffg4 input.pdf

This creates “test.tif” output file from “test.pdf” which is a 14 page PDF file. If I didn’t want to have a multipage file output, I could specify -o test_%03d.tiff which would give me individual TIF images of each page of the input PDF.

See http://ghostscript.com/doc/current/Devices.htm for more information on the DEVICE option.

Running the gswin64 to convert PDF to TIFF

A Ghostscript processing window pops up to show progress:

Ghostscript status window

1 thought on “Convert PDF to TIFF Using Ghostscript Command Line”

  1. OMG! Thanks Rich!
    The number of times I’ve looked for a decent way to make a PDF into a TIFF without either a lot of annoying steps, or doling out some cash.

    I’ve been relying on my Brother Printer/FAX driver for this. (Of course I do it to prepare documents for FAX send over VOIP)

    But thanks to working with EPS files I have GS on everything I own anyway, this is an excellent find. Bet I get some control over the quality too.

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