How to export a PDF in Adobe Photoshop

Step by step directions for exporting a 'Press Quality' PDF from Photoshop.

* Photoshop is not recommended for PDF preparation if InDesign or Illustrator are available.

You can either download and use our custom BUG PRESS job option, or follow the steps to include the preferred settings yourself. 

In Photoshop using BUG PRESS job option

To install Bug Press job option:

  1. Download Bug Press job option.
  2. Go to Edit > Adobe PDF Presets...
  3. Click 'Load'
  4. Navigate to 'BUG PRESS_noconvert' and click 'Open'
  5. Then click 'Done'

To use Bug Press job option:

  1. Go to File > Save As...
  2. In new window:
  3. Save as: ______ (Name your file and note the location you are exporting it to)
  4. For Mac ‘Format’: Photoshop PDF
  5. For Windows ‘Type’: Photoshop PDF
  6. In next window, choose Adobe PDF Preset: [BUG PRESS_noconvert]
  7. Then click ‘Export
  8. Examine your PDF in Adobe Acrobat. It should now be ready for upload

Export PDF without using a job option:

  1. Go to File > Save As...
  2. In new window:
  3. Save as: ______ (Name your file and note the location you are exporting it to)
  4. For Mac ‘Format’: Photoshop PDF
    For Windows ‘Type’: Photoshop PDF
  5. In next window choose Adobe PDF Preset: [Press Quality]
    Under Compression: Bicubic Downsampling to: 400 Compression: None
  6. Then click ‘Save PDF'
  7. Examine your PDF in Adobe Acrobat