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Chapter FOUR. Creating PDF Files in Acro... > TIP 35: Creating a PDF from a Clipbo...

TIP 35: Creating a PDF from a Clipboard Image

Your computer's operating system maintains a storage area called a clipboard. Content you select and copy or cut from a document is placed on the clipboard, and you can then paste it into another location or another document. You have two ways of using the clipboard contents in Acrobat: creating a new file or adding the clipboard contents to an existing file.

What's on the Clipboard?

Sometimes you forget what you last pasted to the clipboard and whether you want to reuse it. You can view the content from within Acrobat 7 by choosing Window > Clipboard Viewer. The Clipboard Viewer opens, displaying its contents in a window.


Creating a new document is a very simple process. Select and copy the image or text you want to use for a PDF document in your source program. In Acrobat, click the Create PDF task button and choose From Clipboard Image from the menu.

The image is converted to PDF and opens in Acrobat. A dialog displays explaining that the PDF is an image and that you can use Picture Tasks to perform some functions with the PDF (Figure 35a). Click OK to close the dialog and save the file. (See Tip 132 in Chapter 16 for more on using Picture Tasks.

Figure 35a. Acrobat notifies you when there are special features about the PDF document you are creating, such as Picture Tasks for image documents.


Note

If you are using a layered Photoshop image, only the selected layer is pasted to the clipboard; you have to flatten the image first before copying it to the clipboard. It is simpler to use the File > Export and select Photoshop PDF commands than to use a layered Photoshop image copied to the clipboard.


You can use the image in an existing PDF document as an image stamp rather than making a separate PDF file for an image. Again, select and copy the image from your source program; it is placed on the system clipboard. Open the PDF document you want to work with in Acrobat. Choose Tools > Commenting > Stamps > Paste Clipboard Image as Stamp Tool. If the Commenting toolbars are open, you can click the as Stamp Tool's pull-down arrow and click Paste Clipboard Image as Stamp Tool button on the Attach subtoolbar.

Move your mouse over the document. You see the pointer changes to a stamp pointer (Figure 35b). Click the page where you would like to insert the image, and the image is pasted to the page. The location on the page where you click determines the center location of the pasted image.

Figure 35b. Click the page where you want to paste the image.


The stamp pointer changes to the Hand tool ; if you move the pointer over the image the pointer changes to a selection pointer. Click the image on the page to select it (Figure 35c). You can drag the image to move it, or drag a resize handle to change the size of the image. Save the file with the added image.

Figure 35c. You can select an image pasted to a page to move or resize it.


Note

You can also copy and paste content within a PDF document, such as images. Read more in Tip 83 in Chapter 10.


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