How to Open PDF Files in Photoshop CS2

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A PDF file contains the text, fonts and vector or bitmap images needed to display a document. Although PDF files are primarily associated with Adobe Acrobat, they can also be managed using Adobe's graphics-editing program Photoshop CS2. Using Photoshop CS2 to manage PDF files allows you to choose which images or pages to open, and specify rasterisation options such as size, resolution and mode colour. You can also open PDF files in Photoshop CS2 to create a new presentation or add passwords to files.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch Photoshop CS2 on your computer.

  2. 2

    Click "File" at the top of Photoshop CS2 and select "Open" from the drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Select the PDF file that you want to open, then click the "Open" button.

  4. 4

    Select "Images" or "Pages" under "Select" in the "Import PDF" dialogue box to choose which PDF elements you want to open.

  5. 5

    Click the thumbnails of the PDF images or pages you want to open to select them, then click the "OK" button. Select multiple images or pages by pressing and holding the "Shift" key on your keyboard while clicking each thumbnail with your mouse.

  6. 6

    Type a new name for the PDF file in the "Name" text box, if desired.

  7. 7

    Specify how to crop your PDF images or pages by selecting a cropping option from the "Crop To" menu under "Page Options."

  8. 8

    Look over the default rasterisation options for the size, resolution and mode colour of your PDF document on the "Image Size" dialogue box. Enter new values in each field or leave the default values.

  9. 9

    Click "OK" when you are done and wait for the PDF file to open in Photoshop CS2.

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