There are various ways to create a PDF file using Acrobat. Generate a PDF quickly by using menu commands, clicking files onto the Acrobat application icon, or converting clipboard data.
From an expert: Creating PDF files from within Acrobat
Optionally, click Settings to change the conversion options if you're converting an image file to PDF. The options available vary depending on the file type.
The Settings button is unavailable if you choose All Files as the file type or if no conversion settings are available for the selected file type. (For example, the Settings button is unavailable for Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel files.)
When naming a PDF that’s intended for electronic distribution, limit the filename to eight characters (with no spaces) and include the .pdf extension. This action ensures that email programs or network servers don’t truncate the filename and that the PDF opens as expected.
This method is best reserved for small, simple files, such as small image files and plain text files, when the balance between file size and output quality is not important. You can use this technique with many other types of files, but you won’t have the opportunity to adjust any conversion settings during the process.
Drag the file icons onto the Acrobat application icon. Or (Windows only) drag the files into the open Acrobat window.
If a message appears saying that the file could not be opened in Acrobat, then that file type cannot be converted to PDF by the drag-and-drop method. Use one of the other conversion methods for that file.
You can also convert PostScript and EPS files to PDF by dragging them onto the Acrobat window or the Acrobat application icon.
- Use the copy command in the applications.
- Press the PrintScreen key (Windows).
- Use the Grab utility (Applications > Utilities > Grab), and choose Edit > Copy to place the content on the clipboard. (Mac OS)
- Select objects using the Edit Object tool (Tools > Print Production > Edit Object), and then copy the selected objects.
The Tools panel doesn't display Print Production by default. Choose Print Production from the options menu in the upper-right corner of the Tools panel.
You can create a blank PDF, rather than beginning with a file, a clipboard image, or scanning.
This process can be useful for creating a one-page PDF. For longer, more complex, or heavily formatted documents, it’s better to create the source document in an application that offers more layout and formatting options, such as Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Word.
A blank single-page PDF is created. Using Insert Blank Page command again adds another page to the existing PDF.
You can create multiple PDFs from multiple native files, including files of different supported formats, in one operation. This method is useful when you must convert a large number of files to PDF.
When you use this method, Acrobat applies the most recently used conversion settings without offering you access to those settings. If you want to adjust the conversion settings, do so before using this method.