Help! Creating PDFs in Photoshop

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  1. Vince1234 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2004
    Need some suggestions:

    I need to scan in several images (I use photoshop with a plugin from my scanner) and then convert those images into a PDF file. Is there a way to do this using Photoshop and still keep the file size down (less than 3 MB) with reasonable quality ? The images I'm scanning in have text in them and the text has to be legible. I don't own a copy of Acrobat now, I was trying to see if I could do this without having to buy Acrobat. Also, if I were to do this, how do you combine multiple images (say TIFFs) into 1 PDF file using Photoshop ? I seem to only be able to save each image as a seperate PDF.
  2. dongmin macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    Queston: Why do you want these to be PDFs? Why don't you just send jpgs or tifs? For bitmaps, jpgs will give you the most resolution for the file size. EPS and PDFs are good for vector/text files.

    For multiple pages, you'd have to use Acrobat or a page-layout program like InDesign or QuarkXPress and export as pdf.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Every MacOS X application which supports printing can generate PDFs. Simply press the Save as PDF... button instead of the Print button in the File>Print... dialog box. You may use Adobe Acrobat to combine multiple PDFs into a single document. You may also import them into an application such as Canvas 9 and print them to a multiple-page PDF.

    The issue of text is a completely different one. Scanned text is no different than the scanned image of the sketch of a puppy. It is a raster image. You need optical character recognition (OCR) to convert the text in a scanned image into editable text.
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Photoshop isn't capable of merging PDFs, but PDFpen (US$29.95, commercial) can.

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