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# How to convert PDF positions in points into Jpeg positions in pixels ?

Posted on 2009-05-05
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Hello,
let me explain by an example:
1) We have a PDF page which dimensions is 500,9 pt WIDTH by 715,6 pt HEIGHT
I have a lot of 'words' which i know the exact position in points (X,Y couple) within this page.

2) The target image is a JPEG which dimensions is 420 pixels WIDTH by 600 pixels HEIGHT.
This image ha been calculated from the PDF page, and is in 150dpi (I am not sure it matters).

3) I need to position correctly the words in the target JPEG image.
So I need to convert the (X,Y couple in points from the PDF) to the equivalent (X,Y couple in pixels in the JPEG image).

I know that the HEIGHT in the PDF is calculated from the bottom of the page.

If anyone has a magic formula, or explanations of how I should process to correctly position the 'words' in the target Jpeg, I would greatly appreciate.

Best regards
Vincent
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 2000 total points
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I don't have a magic formula, but I can (try to) explain how it works:

One point is 1/72 of an inch. Your image has 150dpi, so every pixel is 1/150 of an inch. So in order to go from a position in the PDF space to a coordinate in your JPEG, you would do something like this:
Let's assume you have a position that is 100pt from the left edge, and 50pt up: (100/50)
pos_jpeg = pos_pt*150/72

So, we have for the x position in your JPEG 100*150/72 = 208.333, and for the y position 50*150/72 = 104.1667

Depending on how you work with your image, you may want to count the pixels from the top or the bottom, so you may have to subtract your y position from the total number of lines in you JPEG.

Does this make sense?

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I have finally found the remaining problem i had to face out.

In fact the points coordinates were computed taking into account the CropBox and not the MediaBox.
That means that the page dimensions (in points) shown in Acrobat cannot be used.

If you make your computation with the values given by the tool I used, I had to calculate the 'real' position according to the MediaBox, so substracting the delta between CropBox and MediaBox.

After that, your translation formula is correct.
Thanks very much for your help
Best regards
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