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Lesson 4. Converting Files to Adobe PDF > Creating an Adobe PDF file using the ...

Creating an Adobe PDF file using the Create PDF command

You can convert a variety of different file formats to Adobe PDF using the Create PDF command in Acrobat.

In this section of the lesson, you'll convert a single TIFF file to an Adobe PDF file. You can use this method to convert a variety of both image and non-image file types to Adobe PDF.

Open Acrobat.

Click the Create PDF button on the Acrobat toolbar, and choose From File.

The Create PDF button gives you easy access to several commands for creating Adobe PDF files.

In the Open dialog box, click the arrow to open the Files of Type (Windows) or Show (Mac OS) pop-up menu, and choose TIFF for the file type. (The pop-up menu lists all the file types that can be converted using this method.)

Click the Settings button to open the Adobe PDF Settings dialog box.

This is where you set the compression that will be applied to color, grayscale, and monochrome images, and where you select the color management options used when the file is converted to Adobe PDF. For more information on these settings, see Lesson 6, “Customizing Quality and File Size.”

Click Cancel to leave the options unchanged for now.

Resolution is determined automatically.

In the Open dialog box, navigate to the Lesson04 folder, select the file GC_VendAgree.tif, and click Open.

If necessary, click OK to close the Adobe Picture Tasks dialog box.

You'll learn more about the Picture Tasks button in Lesson 12, “Creating Multimedia Presentations.”

Using Picture Tasks features

The Picture Tasks plug-in is specifically designed to allow you to extract JPEG formatted pictures sent to you in an Adobe PDF file that was created with Adobe Photoshop Album, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, or Adobe Acrobat using JPEG source files. With Picture Tasks, you can export and save the pictures to your local machine, and edit them using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.You can also print them locally using standard photo print sizes and layouts. In Acrobat for Windows, you can share pictures on the Internet or send them to an online service provider to have the prints directly mailed to you.


Picture Tasks does not support JPEG-formatted PDF files created from other applications, or Adobe PDF files with ZIP compression created using Photoshop Elements 2.0.

—From the Complete Acrobat 7.0 Help.

Acrobat converts the TIFF file to Adobe PDF and opens the PDF file automatically.

Notice the hand-written note “And Section 2875” that the signer of the agreement has added is preserved in the Adobe PDF file.

Choose File > Save As, name the file GCVend_Agree1.pdf, and save it in the Lesson04 folder.

On Windows, you can also create and consolidate Adobe PDF files using the Convert to Adobe PDF command and the Combine in Adobe Acrobat command in the context menu. For more information, see “Exploring on your own: Creating Adobe PDF from the context menu (Windows)” later in this lesson.

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