How to Merge Layers in Acrobat

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You can convert files of many types to PDF format using Adobe Acrobat. If you used layers in other programs, layers are preserved when you convert it to a PDF using Acrobat. You can also create a layer---if a PDF does not have one---in Acrobat. For example, you can use layers to separate PDF elements, such as page content and backgrounds, and you can view or hide layers. This can be useful when you want to hide a PDF background so it will not be printed. You can also merge one or more PDF layers into a PDF layer; merged layers take on the properties of the layer into which they are merged.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Adobe Acrobat

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    Merge PDF Layers

  1. 1

    Open your PDF file in Adobe Acrobat and click on the "Layers" button in the left pane.

  2. 2

    Click on the gear icon in the "Layers" panel and select "Merge Layers" from the pop-up menu. The "Merge Layers" dialogue box appears.

  3. 3

    Click on the layer that you want to merge from the "Layers to be merged" pane and then select "Add." To merge all layers, choose "Add All."

  4. 4

    Select the layer into which you want to merge the layers from the "Target layer to merge into" pane.

  5. 5

    Click on "OK." A warning dialogue box appears to inform you that the merge operation cannot be undone.

  6. 6

    Click on "Yes" to proceed with the merge operation to merge the layers.

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