How to Convert a Picture to PDF

Change an image to PDF for easier sharing

Image to PDF illustration

 Original image: Getty Images

While most people need to convert a document into a PDF, there are times when you need to convert an image into a PDF. Often you need to convert a PNG or JPG to PDF when you want to ensure your image is protected from editing. 

There are multiple ways to convert your image (PNG, JPG, etc.) to PDF, depending on your computer's operating system.

Printing to PDF: Printing the image to PDF is faster than using a PDF conversion tool since most of today's computers have this capability. The built-in PDF printer works with any application on your computer, from an image viewer to a web browser. This is the easiest method to use since it's listed as an installed printer in any application on your computer. To convert your image to PDF, simply choose the PDF printer option instead of a regular printer and create your new PDF. 

Export to PDF: Some image software applications, like Adobe Photoshop, have an export to PDF option that works like print to PDF. Once you're ready to convert your image, it's a matter of choosing the PDF save option and you're all set.  

Windows

Using the Built-in PDF Printer

This method works from any software application on your Windows computer.

  1. Open the image on your computer. 

  2. Click the Print icon or hit Ctrl + P.

  3. In the Printer drop-down, select Microsoft Print to PDF.

    Microsoft Print to PDF
  4. Choose any printing options you like, but the default ones are fine.

  5. Click Print.

  6. Choose a file name for your new PDF and click Save.

    Save button on Windows 10

From Google Chrome

  1. Open the image in Chrome and press Ctrl + P or go into the menu (the three horizontally stacked dots) and choose Print.

  2. In the Destination section, select Change, then Save as PDF.

    Save as PDF destination
  3. Click Save.

  4. Choose a name for your new PDF and click Save again.

    Save button in Windows 10

From Mozilla Firefox

You must first download and install a PDF printing add-on to Firefox before you can print to PDF, such as Save PDF, Print to PDF, Save as PDF, or PDF Mage. The exact instructions you use to convert the image may vary slightly based on the add-on you choose, but they generally work this way:

  1. After installing the add-on, open the image in Firefox.

  2. Click the add-on's icon in the menu bar. Here we've used the Print to PDF add-on.

    Print to PDF add-on for Firefox
  3. Choose where to save the PDF and give it a name.

  4. Click Save.

Android Mobile Devices

You have two choices to convert images to PDFs on Android mobile devices: use the built-in PDF printer or use an app.

Using the Built-in PDF Printer

  1. On your Android device, open the image gallery. Refer to your device's manual to see exactly where your gallery is since each flavor of Android is slightly different.

  2. Open the image.

  3. Click the three dots in the upper right.

  4. Select Print.

  5. Under Select a printer, choose Save as PDF.

    Three dot menu, Print option, Save as PDF on Android

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  6. Follow the instructions for your device. 

  7. Choose a name for your file and click Save.

Using an Android App

  1. Go to the Google Play store, download, and install an image to PDF conversion app, such as CamScanner, Image to PDF Converter, or JPG to PDF Converter.

  2. Open the app, then open the image in the app.

  3. Follow the instructions to convert the image. You may be asked for a save location and a name for your PDF file.

Using the Google Drive App

  1. Upload the file to Google Drive.

  2. Open the image.

  3. Click the three dots in the upper right.

  4. Select Print in the menu.

  5. In the Printer menu, select Save as PDF.

  6. Click the blue PDF icon.

    Three dot menu, Print button, blue PDF button in Android
  7. Choose a name for your PDF and tap Save. The PDF is saved to your phone's storage location, which may vary based on your Android version.

Mac & iOS

Using the Built-in PDF Printer

This works from any software application on your Apple iOS computer.

  1. Open the image on your computer.

  2. Go to File > Print or use the Command + P keyboard shortcut.

    Print menu item in macOS
  3. In the PDF menu of the print dialog box, choose Save as PDF.

    Save as PDF option in macOS
  4. Choose a name for your new PDF and click Save.

Using the Built-in PDF Printer from Safari

Open the image in the browser and hit File > Export as PDF. Choose where to save the file, give it a name, and click Save.

Export as PDF menu item in macOS

iOS Mobile Devices

  1. Open the Photos app.

  2. Tap the image you want to convert. You can also select multiple images to convert by tapping Select, then choose all the images you want to convert.

  3. Tap the share icon in the lower left.

  4. Press the Printer icon. You may have to scroll through your sharing options depending on the apps you normally share images with.

  5. Scroll to the image preview at the bottom of the screen.

  6. Pinch the preview with your fingers and spread them out to access the hidden Share option in the upper-right corner.

    Photo select, Print icon, pinch out on iOS
  7. Tap the Share icon again, then Save to Files. Choose iCloud Drive, On My iPhone, or any other locations you wish. Follow the instructions as needed for the save location. 

    Share button, Save to Files, iCloud Drive on iOS

Other Software

These options work for both Windows and Mac computers.

Using Image Editing Software

While many editing software uses the built-in PDF printer to convert images to PDFs, some, like Adobe Photoshop, do it a little differently.

  1. Open the image in Photoshop.

  2. Either click File > Save As or hit Ctrl+Shift+S (Windows) or Command+Shift+S (Mac OS).

    Save As menu item in Photoshop
  3. From the format list, choose Photoshop PDF.

    Photoshop PDF fromat option
  4. Specify a file name and location, select file-saving options, and click Save.

  5. In the Save Adobe PDF dialog box, select a compression method

    Compression options in Photoshop
  6. Choose an option from the Image Quality menu.

  7. Click Save PDF.

Using an Online Converter

Online image to PDF converters
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If your computer does not have the built-in PDF printer and you don't want to install it, you can always try out one of the many online PDF conversion websites out there. Most will let you convert any file type (JPG, PNG, TIF, etc.), but some are type-specific. Choose the conversion site that fits your needs and go from there. 

If you're concerned about privacy and safety of your files, most online sites delete your data automatically immediately after conversion or after a specific amount of time (1-3 hours or every 24 hours). Many also let you delete your files whenever you want, so you can delete them after you've downloaded your converted PDFs.

Some online conversion sites have limitations or restrictions, such as putting a watermark on your PDF file or only letting you convert one image every 60 minutes. 

PDF Converter

PDF Converter is a free online conversion tool that converts multiple image file types into PDF (JPG, PNG, Tiff and more). Upload your image from your computer, your Google Drive, or Dropbox. You can even upload via a URL, making it even easier. 

PDF Convert gives you several options when converting your images: either convert them individually if you want separate PDFs or you can convert several images at a time and combine them into a single PDF. 

The main limitation is that unless you sign up for a paid account, you can only convert and download one PDF every 60 minutes. 

Online2PDF

Another free conversion tool, Online2PDF gives you finer control over your image conversion options. Choose options for page layout and margins, image size, and orientation when you convert your images to PDF. 

Online2PDF lets you combine several images into a single PDF, while also giving you the option of having more than one image per page if you like (up to nine images per page). 

When selecting photos to convert, there are a few guidelines to remember: each file must be less than 100MB, the total size of all the files in any conversion must not exceed 150 MB, and you can combine up to a maximum of 20 images at a time.

JPG to PDF

JPG to PDF converter does exactly what its name says: converts JPGs to PDFs. There does not appear to be any limitations on JPG file size to convert, however, you are only able to upload a maximum of 20 files at a time. 

Once you've uploaded your files, click each one to convert them individually to PDFs or select them all and combine them into a single PDF.

They also have a TIFF to PDF online converter that functions in the same way.

I Heart PDF

I Heart PDF lets you convert only JPGs to PDFs. You can upload images or photos from your computer, your Google Drive, or Dropbox. Once you've uploaded them, you can choose your conversion options, such as margins and orientation. This converter also lets you combine multiple images into a single PDF.

One handy feature of I Heart PDF is once your PDF is generated, you can download the file, share it via a URL, or save it to your Google Drive or Dropbox.

PDFPro

PDFPro offers online conversion services for JPG to PDF, PNG to PDF, and TIFF/TIF to PDF. When you use any of their conversion services, you receive up to three downloads of each PDF you create for free. Unlimited downloads are only available through their premium memberships.

Your PDFs are deleted automatically from their servers every 24 hours or you can delete them yourself once you've downloaded them.