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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
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    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
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    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
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    @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
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    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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    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
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    That's the reason why I love Mac. :) – Tarun Jul 30 '15 at 13:25
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    Sometimes only print to PDF works. I guess if the images are different formats (e.g., PNG + JPG). Make sure you don't have any of the images open in a separate window. – sventechie Jan 24 '16 at 18:50
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    Is there any way to avoid the margin which was created while creating pdf in this method ? – arvindwill Mar 11 '16 at 8:21
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    When I hit print, I just get the "thunk" sound effect and absolutely nothing happens. – Grant Birchmeier Jun 15 '17 at 2:58
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Use imagemagick.

  • Install brew (https://brew.sh/)
  • brew install imagemagick
  • convert file1 file2 file3 output.pdf

files 1 through n can be any image or pdf file.

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    If you are doing this once, then Preview is definitely the way to go. If you have to combine things on a recurring basis as part of your workflow, then the ability to do it with a cli or in a script is that much more useful. YMMV. Cheers. – Vishal Jan 17 '18 at 8:53
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    This is the way to do it if you're at all comfortable with terminal. Great solution :) – Alex K Sep 25 '18 at 1:07
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    The pdf print from preview made a gigantic file too big to email. I'd forgotten how wonderful imagemagick is. – Sigfried Dec 14 '18 at 14:15
  • I like this one much more. When you print there are margins, not good. – Mars Robertson Mar 30 at 16:39
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Open Preview, make sure the Drawer is open and Drag the Image in underneath the Page Thumbnail.

  • 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
  • Here's the Vimeo link :) vimeo.com/21771864 – kmf Apr 1 '11 at 8:40
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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

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This can be done using Automator. Follow this steps:

  • Create a new Workflow.
  • Under Actions, Library, Files & Folders add the Get Specified Finder Items as a step.
  • On the bottom of that step click on Add and select the images.
  • Next, under Actions, Library, PDFs add the New PDF from Images. The workflow should look like the one on the image:

PDF from images automator workflow

  • Configure the step to your desire specifying among other things the location and name for the PDF file.
  • Run the new workflow.
  • In the Results tab of the New PDF from Images you now have your newly created PDF.
  • Thanks! This produced a file of equivalent size and quality to the Preview > Print > PDF > Save as PDF, but allowed me avoid the margin around my scans, using the options: Make all pages the same size, Size each page to fit, and Make all pages this size: – ptim Jun 12 at 14:35
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paste in word and save as pdf...best possible way

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    I really hope this is sarcasm. I actually can't tell. – Radon Rosborough Oct 15 '17 at 19:14

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