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Say I have some image files (for instance, the result of scanning some sheets) and I want to combine them into a single pdf file, each image on a different page.
Is there a faster / more convenient way than converting each one to a pdf file and then combining those (say, as explained here)? Or, if this is more or less how it is to be done, which is the most intelligent and less tedious possible way to do it?

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The method in the link is the way to do it. – user479 Mar 31 '11 at 19:18
Sorry, I was not clear. The link is about combining pdf files, and that is fine. What if I want to combine image files, and get a pdf as my result? Have I to convert them all into pdf files beforehand? – DaG Mar 31 '11 at 19:22
PDF's are known to have selectable and copyable text. Your images inside PDF won't have any of that. – Eugene Bujak Apr 4 '11 at 13:45
@HMage: Yes, right. Indeed, my sheets have no text on them, so this is not much of an issue. But your remark is useful for people with a different problem. – DaG Apr 4 '11 at 15:55
To do this from the Photos application, select all the photos, click File => Print, click Print again, and then click Save as a PDF in the screen where you select your printer. – Powers Aug 14 '15 at 12:55
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Here are the steps to save multiple images in Preview into a single multi-page PDF.

  1. Select all of the images you want in your PDF, right-click and choose open with Preview

  2. In Preview's Sidebar drag the images into the order you want them to appear in your PDF

  3. Select/highlight all the images to be included in the PDF document; otherwise only a single image may end up the PDF document

  4. Then from the "File" menu choose "Print Selected Images" (or "Print..." in recent OS X versions) and then "PDF > Save as PDF"

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Yes, great! Thanks. – DaG Mar 31 '11 at 20:06
It sometimes open then in different windows. How can I force them to load in the same window? – Albert Jan 16 '14 at 13:26
Ah, dragging didn't worked in Table of Contents view, but worked in Thumbnail view. – Albert Jan 16 '14 at 13:31
Awesome. Had to submit homework and just saved a lot of time from figuring it out. Thanks. – rohan-patel Feb 15 '14 at 1:43
That's the reason why I love Mac. :) – Tarun Jul 30 '15 at 13:25

Simple ... Open Preview, make sure the Drawer is open and Drag the Image in underneath the Page Thumbnail.**

Hope it helps

**I'm a noob sorry, only saw the link now, what so difficult in this method ?

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Yes, this is what I tried too. Perhaps I am doing something wrong, but if I start with image files, I drop them one after another in the drawer, I select all and save as a pdf file, only one file ends up being saved in the pdf file I get. (Plus "what's so difficult in this method" is slightly patronising and not terribly helpful, if I may afford an opinion.) – DaG Mar 31 '11 at 19:25
I understand, as soon as the link is published on Vimeo ... I'll share it in the meantime: – kmf Mar 31 '11 at 20:12
Here's the Vimeo link :) – kmf Apr 1 '11 at 8:40

I made 2 quick screenshots for you:

1) select thumbnails view:

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2) Drag second PDF e.g., from Desktop, into thumbnails pane, but above the thin silver line where the red arrow is pointing at (otherwise it won't be saved). And then just save the PDF

enter image description here

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paste in word and save as possible way

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Nah, that sucks. Especially for vector graphics PDFs you will loose a lot of "image quality" – bluewoodtree Jun 15 '13 at 4:56

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