How to Convert Color PDFs to Grayscale Using GhostScript on Windows

If you're looking for a reliable method to convert color PDFs to grayscale, GhostScript is a fantastic tool for the job. Here's a step-by-step guide for Windows users.

Step 1: Download GhostScript

First, you'll need to download and install GhostScript. You can find the latest version here.

Step 2: Open Command Prompt

Once installed, open your command prompt. You'll need to navigate to the directory where GhostScript is installed, or you can add GhostScript to your system's PATH variable for easier access.

Step 3: Run the Conversion Command

Use the following command to convert your color PDF to grayscale:

gswin64 -o grayscale.pdf -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sColorConversionStrategy=Gray -dProcessColorModel=/DeviceGray -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 input.pdf

Replace input.pdf with the path to your source PDF file. This command will generate a new file named grayscale.pdf in the same directory.

Why Use Grayscale PDFs?

Converting PDFs to grayscale can save on printing costs, reduce file size, and is ideal for documents that don't require color.


GhostScript is a powerful tool for managing PDF conversions. With just a few commands, you can easily transform your color documents into grayscale.

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