Whether you’re creating infographics, an informative online help file, or any other type of PDF document, it’s helpful to know how to create a multi-page PDF if you: reuse Photoshop.
Fortunately, the process is very simple. There are a few requirements that need to be met to make your presentation look crisp, but we’ll go over them and the steps required to create a correct PDF in Photoshop below.
Create a multi-page PDF in Photoshop
First, you need to create each page of your PDF file separately. Each page must be a separate Photoshop .PSD file.
You can save each file as .PSD so that you can edit each page separately in the future if necessary.
The resolution you choose is very important. Typical A4 print size is a good size to use in PDF, so we will choose it in this guide.
If you want to print the PDF , you can use 300 dpi (dots / pixels per inch). The resolution for this will be 2480 x 3508 pixels.
If you want to download the PDF online , it is recommended that you select a lower resolution to make the overall PDF file size more manageable.
72 DPI is the default choice. For this, the resolution must be 595 x 842 pixels.
If you want to add more content to the page, you can increase the height in pixels. (Use Alt + Ctrl + C.)
Just make sure you don’t increase the width. It is important that the width remains the same across all pages, otherwise it will affect the layout of your PDF.
After you have created each page at the correct resolution, you can follow these steps to create a multi-page PDF file.
- Step 1: Save each .PSD file in one folder.
- Step 2: For easier management, save each page as Page_1, Page_2, etc.
- Step 3: Then go to File, then Automate, then PDF Presentation
- Step 4: Click Browse in the new pop-up window.
- Step 5: Hold Ctrl and click each .PSD file that you want to add.
- Step 6. Click Open
When ready, click Save to create the PDF file. You can drag each file up and down in the list to reposition it as needed.
Make sure to select Multipage Document in the Output Options section before clicking Save.
Now you can choose where to save the PDF file. Finally, you will have several options for customizing the PDF output. For example, you can use the compression tab to minimize the size of the PDF file while sacrificing image quality. At this point, you can click “Save PDF”.
Your PDF will be generated! You can double-click the file to open it in a web browser or PDF reader.
Here’s our test file:
Note that all pages are displayed at the same scale and layout, even though one page is taller. If you have a problem with some pages not rendering correctly, you should make sure that the pixel widths of each PSD page file are exactly the same.
If you ever need to edit a PDF file, you must edit the PSD file for the page you want to edit. After that, you will need to follow the steps listed above again to recreate the PDF presentation with the new edited page.
You should now know how to create a multi-page PDF file in Photoshop. We hope you found this guide helpful. Questions about the process? Let us know and we’ll be happy to help. Enjoy!