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How to Make a PDF


PDF, Portable Document Format

PDF stands for Portable Document Format. PDFs allow you to preserve the content and design of a document and send it as a single file to someone who may not have the program you used to create it.

There are several ways to create a PDF.

Create a PDF with Adobe Acrobat

If you have a copy of Adobe Acrobat (not Acrobat Reader) installed on your computer, you can:

  1. Open the program and select File > Create PDF > From File.
  2. Browse to and select your file. This will start the PDF creation process.
  3. In the resulting window, select File > Save. Give the PDF a name and click the Save button.


Single Page PDF

Choose Create PDF > From File

Save PDF

Save your new PDF

Multi-page PDF

Create a Multi-page PDF

  1. From the FIle menu choose Create > Combine Files into a Single PDF...
  2. The Combine Files dialog box will open. Drag your files into the box, or use the Add Files option. Each file will create a new "page" in the PDF.
  3. Use the Move Up and Move Down options to reorder the pages.
  4. Click Combine Files.
  5. Save your new PDF file.

Multi-page PDF

Use the Move Up and Move Down to re-order pages

Multi-page PDF

Save the new PDF


Create a PDF Using Photoshop or Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop have the native ability to save files as PDFs.

  1. From the File menu, select Save As and select the PDF option from the Format drop-down menu.
  2. Name your file and click Save.