How to Insert PDF Files Into InDesign Adobe

Written by joanne thomas
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Insert PDF Files Into InDesign Adobe
(Ciaran Griffin/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Adobe InDesign is a multifunctional desktop publishing program that is able to handle PDF (Portable Document Format) files along with many other kinds of files. It is very easy to import a PDF file into an Adobe InDesign document, with several different methods to choose from. After importing the file, you can then edit and manipulate it in a variety of ways.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Open a new blank document in Adobe InDesign, or open the document into which you want to insert a PDF file.

  2. 2

    Save the PDF file to My Documents, renaming it for easy identification if necessary.

  3. 3

    Open My Documents. Your InDesign document should be in the background of your computer screen with the My Documents window in front of it.

  4. 4

    Find the icon of the PDF file you want to import. Left-click on the icon, hold down the mouse button and drag the file onto the appropriate page of your InDesign document. The PDF should open in the document. You can now use InDesign tools to move, resize and edit the file in a variety of ways.

  1. 1

    Open a new blank document in Adobe InDesign, or open the document into which you want to insert a PDF file.

  2. 2

    Open the PDF file that you wish to import. It will open in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. Change the zoom settings on the upper tool bar to 100 per cent.

  3. 3

    Select the Snapshot Tool on the upper tool bar in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. This is the icon that looks like a camera with a dotted box around it.

  4. 4

    Hold the Snapshot Tool over the PDF and you will see a "+" shape appear. Position this "+" shape in the upper left-hand corner of the document, hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor to the bottom right-hand corner of the document. Release the mouse button. A message will appear telling you that the selected area has been copied to the clipboard.

  5. 5

    Return to the InDesign document. Click on the Selection Tool (the solid black arrow icon) and click once on the part of the document where you want to insert the PDF file.

  6. 6

    Click on “Edit” in the upper tool bar, then click “Paste.” The PDF should appear on the page. You can now edit it.

  1. 1

    Open a new blank document in Adobe InDesign, or open the document into which you want to insert a PDF file.

  2. 2

    Click on the Rectangle Frame Tool in the tool bar (the rectangular icon with an X through it). Left-click on the document, hold down the button and drag the mouse across the page to create a rectangular box. It will have an X through it.

  3. 3

    Click on “File” in the upper tool bar, then click on “Place.” A window titled “Place” should appear. Locate the saved version of the PDF file, click on it, then click “Open.” The PDF should appear inside the frame.

  4. 4

    Use the Selection Tool (the solid black arrow icon) to resize the rectangle frame to fit the PDF image.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.