How to create a PDF from images & web pages in macOS Sonoma

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Whether you need to save a document for sharing, preserve a webpage, or compile images in a single file, creating a PDF in macOS Sonoma is a breeze. Here's how you can do it.

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How to create a PDF using macOS Sonoma



With its intuitive design and enhanced features, macOS Sonoma lets users transform documents, web pages, images, and more into PDFs. They ensure compatibility and preserve the integrity of the content across different platforms and devices.

Whether you're compiling a report for work, saving an essential article for later reading, or sharing a recipe with a friend, knowing how to create a PDF on your Mac is invaluable.

How to create a PDF on macOS Sonoma using Print



Creating a PDF from the Print dialog is a universally available feature in macOS Sonoma, allowing users to convert documents, web pages, and other content into PDF format from virtually any app.

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Using the Print dialog to make a PDF of a webpage in Safari

  1. Start by opening the document, image, or webpage you wish to convert into a PDF in its respective app (such as Safari, Pages, or Preview).

  2. Go to the File menu in the top menu bar, select 'Print,' or press Command + P as a shortcut.

  3. In the lower-left corner of the Print dialog, you'll see a dropdown button labeled 'PDF.' From the dropdown menu, select 'Save as PDF.'

  4. A new window will appear, prompting you to name your PDF file and choose where to save it on your Mac. You can also add a title, author, subject, and keywords to your PDF.

  5. After completing the necessary details, click 'Save.' Your file is now converted to a PDF and saved in the location you selected in Finder.

How to create a PDF on macOS Sonoma using Preview



The Preview app in macOS Sonoma is not just for viewing images and PDFs. It also offers editing tools and the ability to create new PDFs from images.

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Creating a PDF from an image on the clipboard

  1. Launch the Preview app from the Applications folder.

  2. Go to File > New from Clipboard in the menu bar if you've copied an image to the clipboard that you want to save as a PDF.

  3. Before saving your new PDF, you can use Preview's editing tools to make changes or rearrange the pages. Once you're satisfied with your document, go to file> Save, give your PDF a name, choose a location, and then click 'Save.'

Managing PDFs in macOS Sonoma



Combining multiple PDF files into a single document is a straightforward process in macOS Sonoma, thanks to the Preview app. Start by opening the first PDF in Preview, then drag and drop other PDF files into the sidebar to merge them.

Additionally, Preview offers robust features for signing and editing PDFs. The Markup toolbar within Preview enables users to effortlessly add their signature to any PDF, streamlining the process of signing documents digitally and eliminating the need for physical printouts.

Beyond signing, Preview's versatility extends to editing capabilities -- users can add text, shapes, and annotations to their PDFs. The different functionalities make Preview an essential tool for many PDF editing tasks.



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  • Reply 1 of 4

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    Combining multiple PDF files into a single document is a straightforward process in macOS Sonoma, thanks to the Preview app. Start by opening the first PDF in Preview, then drag and drop other PDF files into the sidebar to merge them.

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    Don't forget, you can also drag one or more pages of a multi-page PDF off of the Preview sidebar, onto the desktop, in order to save, distribute, and/or mark up just certain pages. Then of course you can also combine these separated pages into another PDF document.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    XedXed Posts: 2,545member

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    Combining multiple PDF files into a single document is a straightforward process in macOS Sonoma, thanks to the Preview app. Start by opening the first PDF in Preview, then drag and drop other PDF files into the sidebar to merge them.

    ...

    Don't forget, you can also drag one or more pages of a multi-page PDF off of the Preview sidebar, onto the desktop, in order to save, distribute, and/or mark up just certain pages. Then of course you can also combine these separated pages into another PDF document.
    If I had to name a "killer app" in macOS it's Preview.  It offers so many tools built into a single app that would require many free and possibly paid tools if you tried to do it in Windows.
    dewme
  • Reply 3 of 4
    dewmedewme Posts: 5,362member
    Yes indeed. I use the scanning features very frequently. The scanning functionality in Preview is better than the dedicated scanning app that my MFC/scanner manufacturer makes available. It can rip through a big stack of hard copy scans using the feeder on my MFC device. The first time I queued up a big stack of papers to scan into a single PDF multipage document it was done before I could reach my MFC printer/scanner and the originals were scattered all over the floor. With the manufacture's app I could leisurely walk over to the scanner before it spit out the first page.

    I also use Preview every now and then to apply a transparent background mask to images put into web pages and documents. The only knock on Preview is the obscure name relative to what it really can do and the fact that you have to do some exploration in the menus to find all of the goodies. It's more like a multifunctional utility toolbox than simply a file previewer. In fact, Finder's quick view function (space bar on selection) is a perfectly functional file previewer that recognizes many different file type and formats.
    roundaboutnow
  • Reply 4 of 4
    You could always select the items in the Finder to be combined into a PDF, right-click on the selection and choose Quick Actions > Create PDF. The originals are left in place and a new PDF is created instantly in the same folder. The order of the pages in the resulting PDF is that of the selection order and the name is usually that of the first item.

    Preview could then be used to check or rearrange the pages if necessary. I just view the PDF using the Spacebar to check it's OK.
    roundaboutnow
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