I can get a Graphics object from a PDF file like



Then I crop it to get that table:

result = ImageTake[graphic,{70,300},{90,730}]

enter image description here

But note the head of result is changed into Image, It's not in vector format now



But I hope it keeps be Graphics still, is possible?

  • $\begingroup$ What gives Head[graphic]? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 12:17
  • $\begingroup$ @UlrichNeumann fixed $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ Mathematica v12.2 evaluates Head[graphic] (*List*) $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 12:29
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    $\begingroup$ @UlrichNeumann As I know, the PageGraphics is a new feature of 13 $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 12:36
  • $\begingroup$ ImageTake takes an Image for the first argument. If a Graphics expression is provided, it will be Rasterize'd first. $\endgroup$
    – ihojnicki
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 12:38

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This method visually crops the PDF page as a Graphics object, but the PDF page itself is not modified. Suitable if the PDF page is not too bulky.

graphic = Import["http://exampledata.wolfram.com/article.pdf",
   {"PageGraphics", 3}];
idim = ImageDimensions[graphic];
Graphics[{White, Rectangle[{0, 0}, {950, 310}],
  Inset[graphic, {Center, Center}, {Center, 650}, idim]},
 PlotRange -> {{0, 950}, {0, 310}}, ImageSize -> 700]
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    $\begingroup$ This does something similar: Graphics[graphic[[1]], PlotRange-> {{70,540},{580,720}}, PlotRangePadding-> 0, ImageMargins->0, ImagePadding-> None] $\endgroup$
    – chuy
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 21:19

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