Creating single-page PDFs in Photoshop is both easy and intuitive. However, when you need to create a multi-page PDF, things can get a bit tricky. You may wonder if you can create a multi-page PDF at all and if so can you make it all at once?
While you can create multi-page PDFs in Photoshop, you cannot create them all at once. Rather you have to create each of the pages individually and then follow a simple process to compile them all into one document.
If you’re using Photoshop and need to create a PDF that is multiple pages long but you’re not sure how or even if you can, you’ve come to the right place. In our guide below we will discuss
How Do I Create a PDF in Photoshop?
Before you can move on to multiple pages, you’ll have to know how to make a single one. This is because creating a multi-page PDF in Photoshop requires that you make each of the PDFs separately and bring them together in the process we outline in the following section. So, how exactly do you make those individual PDF pages?
Below we’ve outlined the basic steps involved in creating a PDF in Photoshop so you can begin making the individual pages that will make up your full document:
- Create your page: We won’t stay on this point for too long as there are nearly infinite styles and formats you could use. That said, whatever your particular project happens to be, you should start by designing an individual page so you can save it as a PDF.
- Save your page: Now you simply want to turn your attention to the bar at the top of the screen and go to “File,” then “Save As.”
- Select the proper format: After you click on “Save As” a window will open up with the file name and its format. Next to “Format”, you should see a drop-down box. Click on it and select PDF.
It’s really that easy. From there you will now have created a PDF page in Photoshop. Now let’s move on to how to take individual pages and make a multi-page PDF.
How Do I Make Multiple Pages in Photoshop?
Now that we know how to make individual PDF pages in Photoshop, it’s time to turn our attention towards what to do when you need multiple pages. While the process of doing this isn’t quite as straightforward as saving an individual PDF, it’s still relatively simple.
The following steps will guide you on how to make a multiple page PDF document in Photoshop:
- Compile each of your pages into layers in one document: Each page should be its own layer within a document. If one page is made of multiple layers, simply right click the folder icon that houses those layers and select “Merge Group.”
- Export your layers as JPEGS: Now simply go to “file” and select export. We must first export each page as individual layers. While you can export these as PDFs from the go, it’s recommended that you export them as JPEGs because they tend to look a little bit better. Also, make sure you export them to a folder where you can easily access them.
- Create PDF presentation: After you click “Run” and export your layers, return to Photoshop and go back into the file tab to select “automate PDF presentation.” A window should open up labeled PDF presentation. Hit the browse button, find your files and highlight/select them all.
- Order your pages: Selecting your files should return you to the PDF presentation window. In the window next to browse you should now see each of your pages. Drag and drop them into the order you want them to appear in.
- Save as a PDF: Now you just need to make sure “multi-page document” is selected next to “Save As” in the PDF presentation window. The rest of the settings can stay as they are. Hit save.
Now all that’s left is to follow the prompts and ensure that under “File Type” it is saved as a multi-page PDF.
So Really, Can You Create Multiple Pages at Once in Photoshop?
The truth is you can’t make a multi-page PDF all at once in Photoshop, but you can make individual pages and compile them into a multi-page PDF.
To do this, you need to have each of your pages individually created, then compiled as layers in one document. You can export those layers as image files, then go back into Photoshop and use the PDF presentation tools to compile them all into one document.