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Create a PDF Presentation in Photoshop CC

By Peter Bauer

You can quickly and easily create both on-screen presentations (complete with fancy transitions between images) and multipage PDF documents (suitable for distribution and printing) by choosing File→Automate→PDF Presentation. (See the figure.)

PDF is a great format for sharing images as presentations or as documents.
PDF is a great format for sharing images as presentations or as documents.

Portable Document Format (PDF), the native file format of Adobe Acrobat, is an incredibly useful and near-universal format. It’s hard to find a computer that doesn’t have Adobe Reader or another PDF-reading program (such as the Mac’s Preview), and that helps make PDF a wonderful format for sharing or distributing your images.

To create a PDF presentation or a multipage PDF in Photoshop, take the following steps:

  1. If the files you want to use aren’t already open in Photoshop, click the Browse button. You can click and then Shift+click to select a series of images or Cmd+click (Mac)/Ctrl+click (Windows) to select individual images.

    Hint: You must select the individual images; you can’t select only the folder.

    After you click the Open button, the filenames appear in the PDF Presentation window. Drag filenames up or down to reorder them.

  2. In the Output Options area, you can elect to create an on-screen presentation or a multipage document.

    You can choose to have a white, gray or black background and what file-related information you want on each slide or page. Electing to include the filename (and perhaps your copyright information) is a good idea when sending images to someone who needs to know the image name, say, to order prints and give you cash for them.

    A multi-page PDF is an excellent way to share a large number of images; a presentation is a great way to show off your work.

  3. Select how you want the presentation to play.

    You can have the presentation automatically switch images after a given number of seconds (or opt for manual slide advance), you can have the presentation automatically rewind and begin playing again (loop), or you can pick transitions between images.

    Do your audience a favor and pick a single transition and stick with it — preferably one simple transition, such as Wipe Left or Wipe Right. Those too-busy transitions are the 21st-century version of PowerPoint clip art — fun to play with, but distracting to your audience.

  4. Click the Save button.

    You see the Save dialog box, from which you pick a location and a name and then click another Save button.

  5. In the Save Adobe PDF dialog box, make things simple for yourself and choose Smallest File Size or High Quality Print from the Adobe PDF Preset pop-up menu at the top.

    If you’re creating a presentation or want to create a multipage PDF from which the recipient can’t print full-size images, choose Smallest File Size. For a multipage document from which you do want the client to print great images, use High Quality Print.

  6. The only other area of the dialog box that you really need to consider is Security.

    You can assign a password to the file that the recipient needs in order to open and view the presentation or multipage PDF document. Alternatively, you can require no password to open the file, but rather assign a password for printing or changing the file.

  7. At the end of the road, click the Save PDF button to actually generate the final file.

Do you ever get annoyed by the fact that Photoshop prints only one image at a time? Are there times when you’d like to send a bunch of images to print at the same time, perhaps overnight or while you’re at lunch? Create a multipage PDF from the images and print through Adobe Reader or Acrobat, or other programs that can work with multi-page PDFs, such as the Mac’s Preview.