Preview allows to add text and shapes to PDFs. But is it possible to add existing images (PNG / JPEG) to a PDF file as well?

I do know that Preview already has some of image embedding by allowing the user to add signatures drawn on the screen of an i-Device. But I couldn't figure out if this would also work with arbitrary files.


This is not a solution but still a work around.

  1. Convert the PDF document to an image with File » Export .. Choose PNG as the format and change the resolution as desired.

  2. Open the image file and select the whole image with Edit » Select All (or select just a part of it with the mouse if you wish).

  3. Copy the selection Edit » Copy.
  4. Go back to the document (which is now a PNG image) and paste the selection with Edit » Paste and resize it as you wish.
  5. Save the file as a PDF with File » Export as PDF (and rename it if the original PDF needs to be preserved).

Note a PDF made from an image is not searchable, so that is a drawback to this procedure.


You can export images as PDF and import them as "page from file" into the target file. I'm afraid that in-page embedding might not be easy.

  • Thanks for your answer! This still leaves me with the question how to do the actual composition, i.e. how do I add another image on top of an existing (image / PDF page) – muffel Jan 3 at 13:07

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