Whether you're creating an infographic, an online help file, or any other type of PDF document, it's useful to know how to create a multi-page PDF file if you use Photoshop.
Thankfully, the process is very simple. There are a few requirements that must be met to ensure the presentation appears clear, but we will discuss these and the steps required to create an appropriate PDF file in Photoshop below.
Create multi-page PDF in Photoshop
To get started, you will need to create each page of your PDF file. Each page must be a separate Photoshop .PSD file.
You can save each file as a .PSD so you can edit each individual page in the future if needed.
The resolution you choose is very important. The typical A4 print size is a good size to use for PDFs, so we will choose that in this tutorial.
If you want to print PDF, you can use 300 DPI (dots per pixel). The resolution for this will be 2480 pixels x 3508 pixels.
If you want to upload PDF online, you should choose a lower resolution to keep the overall file size of the PDF more manageable.
72 DPI is a popular choice. For this, the resolution will need is 595 pixels x 842 pixels.
If you want to add more content to a page, you can increase the pixel height. (Use Alt + Ctrl + C.)
Just make sure you don't increase the width. It is important that the width remains the same on every page, otherwise the layout of your PDF file will be affected.
Once you've created each page at the right resolution, you can follow the steps below to create a multi-page PDF.
- Step 1: Save each .PSD file in the same folder.
- Step 2: For ease of management, save each page as Page_1, Page_2, etc.
- Step 3: Next, go to File, later Automation, later Presentation PDF
- Step 4: Click Browser on the new popup window
- Step 5: Hold Ctrl and click each .PSD file you want to add
- Step 6: Click Open
When you are ready, click Saving to create a PDF file. You can drag each file up and down in the list to change their position if needed.
Make sure to choose Multi-page documents in the output options section before clicking save.
You can now choose where to save your PDF file. Finally, you will have several options to customize the output of the PDF file. For example, you can use compression tab to minimize PDF file size by sacrificing image quality. You can now click Save the PDF.
Your PDF file will be created! You can double-click the file to open it in a web browser or PDF reader application.
Here is a look at our test file:
Note how all pages are displayed with the same zoom level and layout, even though one page is higher. If you are having problems with some pages not displaying correctly, you must make sure the pixel width of each PSD page file is identical.
If you need to edit your PDF, you must edit the PSD for the page you want to change. You will then need to follow the steps listed above again to recreate the PDF presentation with the newly edited page.
Now you should know how to create a multi-page PDF in Photoshop. We hope that this guide has proven to be useful. Have any questions about the process? Let us know and we will be happy to help. Enjoy!