Making a PDF in Adobe Photoshop

The example below shows how to make a PDF with Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe InDesign is the recommended text layout program (CS2 or later versions). However, it is possible to set up documents with text in Photoshop with the following instructions.

Just a reminder, crop marks need to be included in file.

Bleed Requirements

Set your Document Size to the same width and height as your final printed piece. If you need more information on bleeds, please reference our Bleed Help Page.

Bleeds of 1/8" are required on anything small like business cards, flyers, brochures, sell sheets, newsletters, or booklets. For larger items, such as signs, posters, tradeshow graphics and the like 1/4" bleeds are needed. Once you determine which type of product you are printing, make sure you account for the correct bleed when setting up your file.

Creating Your PDF from Photoshop

To save the file as a PDF:

  • Choose File > Save As and then choose Photoshop PDF (it is highly recommended to have Layers box checked)

Making a PDF with standard presets:

  • From presets, choose [Press Quality]
  • Next Click Compression (left menu) and make sure the lowest compression is at 300ppi and not below. For larger items (signs, posters, tradeshow graphics, etc.) 200ppi will be sufficient.·
  • Use JPEG compression, High Quality, for all images
  • Give your File a name and click Save Always verify that the PDF exported properly by opening it in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.