Creating PDF Files from Adobe Creative Suite Applications

Creating PDF Files from Adobe Creative Suite Applications

Throughout this book, we discuss how to integrate the applications within the Adobe Creative Suite. So you won’t be surprised to know that you can easily convert a Photoshop file or an InDesign document to the PDF format. In this section, we show you how.

Photoshop and Illustrator

Both Adobe Photoshop cs and Adobe Illustrator cs can save documents directly in the Adobe PDF file format. To do this, simply choose File®Save or File®Save As. Then, from the File Type drop-down list, choose Adobe PDF (Illustrator) or Photoshop PDF (Photoshop). In these programs, you can create PDF files without Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Distiller, but we are covering the entire Adobe Creative Suite, so we describe how to convert these graphic files to PDF.

PDF files created from Photoshop or Illustrator can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. But these PDF files can also be opened and edited by the same program in which they were created. For example, a logo created using Adobe Illustrator and saved as a PDF file from Illustrator can be opened and modified at a later time with Illustrator. The same file can also be viewed using either Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat software.

In both Photoshop and Illustrator, you can convert image files to PDF by choosing File®Save As from within the image file’s native program. After naming the file and choosing a location, you can choose from several PDF options.


Like in Photoshop and Illustrator, the ability to convert InDesign documents to PDF is integrated into the application. Using Adobe InDesign cs, you can choose File®Export and select Adobe PDF from the File Type drop-down list. But InDesign provides a significant number of options for controlling the size and quality of the resulting PDF file. Many of these options are similar to those available for PDF Maker for Microsoft Office, which we discuss earlier in this chapter.

In the Adobe InDesign Export PDF dialog box, you can choose from the Preset drop-down list at the top of the dialog box. The choices are many, but we list and describe here the most commonly used settings:

  • Screen: Creates compact Adobe PDF files that will be displayed on the World Wide Web or an intranet, or that will be distributed through an e-mail system for on-screen viewing.

  • Print: Creates Adobe PDF files that are intended for desktop printers, digital copiers, and CD-ROM publishing.

  • Press: For PDF files that will be delivered to a commercial printer, you will want to choose the Press option.

When creating PDF files to be used for high-resolution printing, be certain to select Marks and Bleeds in the list on the left in the Export PDF dialog box, as shown in Figure, and specify the amount of space items need to extend off the page (bleed). If you’re delivering the file to a printing firm, they can provide you with guidance as to the value you should use. A good rule to follow is to use at least .125 inches if you have items extending all the way to the edge of your document pages. Specify the value you want by entering the value in the Bleed and Slug section. If the amount of bleed is to be the same on all four sides, type the value in the Top text field and then click the chain icon to the right of the Top and Bottom Bleed text fields.

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Figure: Setting the bleed values in the InDesign Export PDF dialog box.

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