Tuesday Tip :: Multi Page PDF


How many times have you tried to create a beautiful document to send your clients and realized that you had no idea how to put it together? You can export from Photoshop into a PDF just fine, but then what? Nothing says “unprofessional” like sending multiple documents in an attached email.

There use to be a program I would recommend anytime anyone asked. Until they became a totally different type of company and it was no longer freeware.

Now? Now I have an even better option. It’s a program you probably even already have installed on your computer!

You want to know my secret?





That little program (Adobe Bridge) installs whenever you install any Adobe program. It’s amazing and has so many unused features!

I found this hint out this week and it has CHANGED MY WORLD.

You are able to merge single PDF documents into one big PDF book! Just think of how you can do this for your pricing guide, your products, even an album for your clients to proof.

And here’s how you do it.

First, you want to open up the documents that you want to combine into a single one in Bridge.

The magic is in the “Output” option.

It has a variety of choices. The biggest thing you want to make sure you do is select the files you want combined, the only ones that will be combined will be the ones that are selected.

Make sure to go through the settings and get them exactly how you want it to be set up. Changing the page size, overlays, headers, etc….it’s all there for you to tweak to fit your document for exactly how you want it to be.

Save the document and BAM!  You have a beautiful PDF document combined and created and ready to send out to your expectant clients.

When was the last time you used Adobe Bridge? Do you even know everything that it can do? If you are interested, I’d love to introduce you to more awesomeness in this program.

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5 Comments on Tuesday Tip :: Multi Page PDF

  1. Deanna
    April 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the info! I’ve actually been avoiding Bridge because I don’t want to learn another program, but I may have to make the plunge.

    • Kathy
      April 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm (6 years ago)

      Deanna, don’t hide from Bridge! Seriously! Since I’ve added it to my workflow, things have gone a lot smoother and quicker in my office, for more than just photography too!

  2. Alissa
    April 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Are the files really big at 300 ppi once merged? Is it necessary to lower the resolution?

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    • Kathy
      April 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Alissa! PDF files are significantly more compressed than JPGs and the compression options are also ranged to where you can find a good balance between file size and quality. In addition, since they mainly are vector based, the dpi doesn’t actually mean anything to the file. Hope that helps!

  3. Alissa
    April 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks Kathy for the information. I didn’t know that.


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