Photoshop comes with an endless array of file formats and saving formats depending on the kind of work you are into or the type of file required. The most common ones are Jpeg, PSD, and of course, the PDF file format. The following illustrations below provide you with a comprehensive step-by-step guide on quickly and efficiently saving your image/file in the PDF format.

Key takeaways

  • Choose Acrobat 5 (PDF 1.4) as your compatibility in the “save adobe PDF” as the other advanced options may not be what you’re looking for.

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How to save as PDF on Photoshop

A logo image on a white canvas

Step 1: Find and select your logo/image

To make the following step-by-step illustration on how to save a file in a Pdf format easy and straight-forward for you, start up with the canvas occupied with a logo to work. To get your logo/image on our canvas, proceed to Files on the left side of your screen, click on Open, and it will direct you to your desktop or anywhere else with your saved image. Please select your desired logo, and it goes straight to your Photoshop canvas, ready to use.

Selecting the "Save as" option

Step 2: Saving the image

For the next step of saving your image, move to the left side of the screen and once again click on Files, scroll down the drop-down box and select “Save as” or for a shorter route, select Shift + Ctrl + S. Once you do this, a dialogue box will appear for you to proceed to the next phase of your task.

The dialogue box for "Save as"

Step 3: Saving the file (Continued)

The dialogue box that pops up on your screen comes up with the following fields: Save as type. In this area, the original saving type is Photoshop (*.PSD, *.PDD); you are to click on it and scroll down to save as Photoshop PDF (*.PDF, *.PDP).

Once you’ve changed your Save as type, go ahead and select the location you want for the new PDF file. Here, the site chosen is the Desktop. Keep in mind that saving place is at the discretion of the graphic designer. You can save your file in a selected or created file solely for your design work.

The dialogue box for "Save as"

Step 4: Saving as PDF

After fixing the Save as type, proceed to change the File name. For this step-by-step illustration, the name of the file saved here is Logo. Confirm that the Save as type is Photoshop PDF and confirm the location chosen to save the file.

Once you complete that, click on Save, and your file saves to your system.

The dialogue box for Adobe Photoshop CC

Step 5: Saving as PDF (Continued)

The moment you complete the process in step 4, you will once again return to your Photoshop page. Once there, you’ll find a dialogue box confirming your newly saved file, as seen in the above illustration. In the dialogue box, the confirmation is to override and ensure the changes made in the setting from the initially saved location where you saved the file in the Photoshop PSD format to the new Photoshop PDF format.

Once you see this, click on Ok, and the new saved format is saved permanently from Photoshop PSD to Photoshop PDF.

The dialogue box for "save adobe PDF"

Step 6: Saving as PDF (Continued)

The next step is brought to you by another dialogue box, as seen in the illustration above. Put your compatibility to Acrobat 5 (PDF 1.4). Note that there are other versions of options in the compatibility section, but it’s best to select Adobe 5 (PDF 1.4) as the other options are advanced options that might not apply to you or your work.

When you complete that, proceed to the lower side of the box and click Save PDF.

The dialogue box for Save Adobe PDF

Step 7: The final step

After clicking on Save PDF as done in the previous illustration, a final dialogue box pops up for you, explaining that the file, once saved, will open like an actual PDF file and not as a Photoshop PDF file. From there, you are to click Yes, indicating that you agree with the changes made.

After that, your work is done, and your job is ready to go out as a PDF file.


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Saving your image or design in a PDF file format is not much of a big job. It’s an easy and straightforward activity, like the illustrative examples presented above. By following all the noted steps, you’ll be able to change your file format in the twinkle of an eye.