Create a PDF of images (PNG, JPG, GIF etc) on Mac OS X with Preview

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I recently wanted to compile several images into a single PDF document – after searching for a relevant tool and discounting Word or iWork as too time consuming I hit upon the following very simple solution…

  1. Open one of the images you want to put into your document in Preview
  2. Now open the ‘Sidebar’ (if it isn’t already open)
  3. Drag the rest of the images into sidebar in the order you wish them to appear in your PDF document
  4. Select all the images in the sidebar (Cmd+A)
  5. Do ‘File -> Print’ and click the ‘Save as PDF’
  6. Follow the prompts to save the file and you should now have a PDF containing all your images!
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13 Responses to Create a PDF of images (PNG, JPG, GIF etc) on Mac OS X with Preview

  1. Jim says:

    I tried this method and I can’t get it to work.
    What happens to me is that it only makes a PDF out of one images, which is not I’m after.
    Can you please tell me what I’m doing wrong?

  2. sridhar says:

    Excellent tip, It works for me with PDF writer printer,,

  3. fuckface says:

    Hey dude, i get a paper border on each of the pics… anyway to get rid of that?

  4. co says:

    Thank you!!! great help!!

    if your files save only one pic, as what mine came out at first, try selecting all the pics in the sidebar and go File > Print Selected Images…
    then save as pdf, then it makes all the pics into one pdf.

  5. Adam says:

    I tried selecting all of them in many different ways… and I always get the same result, namely that I get only *one* image saved into .pdf Β — Β any suggestions? Thanks.


  6. b says:

    adam highlight all the jpgs and select print with selected images under file

  7. Emilio says:

    Unbelieveable GooD GooD tips. Thank You 1000 times.

  8. D says:

    Same problem with Adam. It used to work before.

  9. taco says:

    You have to select all images and click “print all images” instead of “print” and then save as a .pdf. My problem is that copying and pasting .jpg or .png puts them in the wrong order.

  10. Mat Rix says:

    Thank you vm … πŸ™‚ great tip

  11. stan says:

    A simple, yet great piece of advice! I wish I could explore every little trick in every little corner of my new Mac like this. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  12. atfdpm says:

    thanks for the help.. πŸ™‚

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