What is the easiest way to make a PDF from photos.

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  1. matrix07, Sep 6, 2012
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    I have a bunch of scanned photos from magazine. What is the easiest method to make a PDF? I'm on ML if that helps.
     
  2. vladobizik macrumors 6502

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    You already have all the tools you need. Just use Preview and Export it as PDF. :)
     
  3. matrix07, Sep 6, 2012
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    hmm. it's that easy? so all I need is select all the pics, double-click it and export?

    EDIT: This is simply false. All you get is 60 PDFs, not one.
     
  4. vladobizik macrumors 6502

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    Just open a photo in Preview and click Export in the File menu. And select PDF as the format.

    If you want to save multiple pics in a single PDF file, I believe you can do this by opening the first image and then dragging the rest of them to the thumbnail sidebar on the left. Then export the whole "project" as PDF. I saw some tutorials for this after googling it some time ago, but I think this is basically it. :)
     
  5. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    How to show sidebar? Shift-Command-D doesn't work.

    Nevermind. I got it.
     
  6. vladobizik macrumors 6502

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    Hope it works for you this now. This method is just not 100% obvious, but it works and you don't have to get any software that's not already in your computer. :)
     
  7. matrix07, Sep 6, 2012
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    I think I'm really dumb. I put all the photos in the sidebar and save yet the PDF is still one page (first picture). :(

    EDIT: Got it working now by Print/Save to PDF. Not the easiest by any mean but..
     
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    I can't get this to work either.

    OP: sorry i can't help.
     
  9. vladobizik macrumors 6502

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    Great. I've been toying around with Preview to find a solution for you and it kept exporting the images separately. I must be dumb too. Thanks for letting us know it worked with the Print option. I'll try to remember that. :)
     
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    But beware you will get the border. You need to set a page to Color Book and set it to the exact size of your photos, and check it to Fill Entire Paper with no border. A lot of pain but at least it works.

    whewww..
     
  11. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    You are almost there, and there is an easier way.

    1) Export all the photos as PDFs (as you've done already).
    2) Open One PDF in Preview, open the sidebar, and select the one image in the sidebar.
    3) In the Finder window, select all of the other PDFs.
    4) Drag these PDFs over to the single selected PDF in the sidebar, and drop on top. You may need to fiddle a bit because the Finder is assuming you want to place the pile either below or above the single PDF image, but once you've got the cursor placed on top just let go.
    5) That's it.... you're done.
     
  12. MacProFCP macrumors member

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    supper easy one step

    Get a scanner that has a document feeder.

    Test your settings with one or two scans.

    Scan all the pictures through the document feeder preview or image capture can automatically put them in a single PDF.

    I do this several times a week with invoices that need to be scanned in.
     
  13. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Good idea. If you don't have document feeder a regular scanner and Vuescan also works. Vuescan has an auto-repeat function. You set the time delay, and it will scan and repeat every X seconds. You just need to remove the original and place the next one in that window. Vuescan can also be set to create a single PDF from all the combined scans.
     
  14. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So basically you have to convert all the photos to PDFs first? I'll test this method tomorrow.
     
  15. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Also, check out Automator. I'm pretty sure it's pretty easy to create a workflow that takes all the images in a folder and convert them to PDFs. It may be possible to even create a single multi-paged PDF from them, but my Automator skills don't extend that far.

    It really depends on how often you want to do this operation.
     
  16. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    in ML, this isn't working. When you close the PDF is still the first file you open. Looks like Print/Save to PDF is the only way.
     
  17. Sital macrumors 68000

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    No you don't have to convert all your photos to PDFs first. Here are step-by-step instructions.

    1. Select all the images you want in the PDF with Finder.
    2. Right click and choose Open With Preview.
    3. Your images should all appear in the Preview sidebar. Re-order if needed.
    4. Choose Edit>Select All.
    5. Choose File>Print...
    6. In the print window, click the PDF button on lower left and choose Save as PDF...
     
  18. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yup, That's what I do. One caution for everyone though, you need to set the page exactly as the photo or there will be borders.
     
  19. lunarbe, Sep 11, 2012
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    Why not use Automator?
    1. Open automator ,choose application
    2. Drag all photos to the central row.
    3. choose pdfs ->New pdf from images where in first column library.
    4. push "run " where in the right top hand side
    5. ALL DONE
     
  20. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Frankly, I hoped for a suggestion like this when I started the thread. Will try your method and report back.
     
  21. matrix07, Sep 11, 2012
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    I did it but I couldn't find where the PDF file is stored. I'm not even sure if it's created at all. :confused:

    [​IMG]
     
  22. lunarbe, Sep 12, 2012
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    3. choose pdfs ->New pdf from images where in first column library.
    double click New pdf from images ,and you will see a new action.
    like this
    [​IMG]

    last, push run

    sorry for my mistake.
     
  23. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Got it. Not at all, I'm just too newbie for this I guess. This is the easiest method out there.
     
  24. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Tell the scanner to produce the image as PDF from the beginning. My entry level Canon scanner is USB powered and has an option to save as PDF instead of jpg or other format.
     
  25. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Nice to know and will remember it but my photos comes from the web.
     

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