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How to place / open PDF document in Photoshop tutorial

How to open / place PDF files in Photoshop and use as a layer tutorial

Opening PDF files in Photoshop

how to open / place a PDF document in Photoshoppdf open shapes for PhotoshopHow to open and place the PDF files you have in applications such as Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc.


The PDF file may come in a variety of formats, such as single page PDF or a multi page PDF.


How they are opened will not vary but the initial dialog will be slightly different with a multi-page document showing thumbnails for all the items included in the file and a single one, just a single image of the included vector.


There are many sets of PDF vector documents or shapes sets available on this site such as star and starry shapes and spiral shapes and shield and heraldic shapes etc


Other tutorials

You can find many different tutorials on the site such as

1) how to use Photoshop shapes in different color modes / image modes

2) how to use the shapes to create amazing displacement maps / textures

3) EPS shapes into Photoshop custom shapes tutorial

4) Affinity Designer and how to open EPS files tutorial


PDF Panel and opening files and setting resolution, mode, bit depth etc

pdf open photoshop vector shapes tutorial panelpdf opened shape via file open in PhotoshopOnce you have opened the PDF, you can then copy the item to another open document or perhaps save the item to the CC libraries for use in other apps.


With PDF Photoshop open, you will also have to specify

1) name

2) crop to

3) anti-aliased

4) width

5) height

6) constrain

7) resolution

8) mode

9) bit depth

10) as well as the thumbnail size


Weirdly, it won't open in 32bits per channel (bit depth)


Place PDF shapes in Photoshop

pdf place photoshop shapesYou can also use the place embedded or linked menu command to add the item to an existing document.


pdf place shape and re-size and rotate the vectorThere is no additional dialog if the item is a single page file but there is a dialog for a multiple page (you can set the thumbnail size) to allow for the selection of a particular vector (sadly it does not allow for multiple items)


Re-sizing the placed / opened PDF

Once the PDF has been opened in Photoshop, the artwork can be re-sized from the default size which may be the same size as the document or smaller - to bigger or smaller than the current document. You can re-size at any point. It is a smart object which can be seen via the icon in the layers panel


layers panel and smart object in PhotoshopYou can also then add effects (it is a smart object)


Loaded as a placed item

Once you have the PDF as a layer, you can then duplicate the layer as well as combine the result with blending modes in Photoshop as well as using opacity


Free PDF shapes

Please find a selection of free PDF shapes to use in your commercial as well as personal work, all royalty free from graphicxtras.com


Youtube Video tutorial

Video tutorial on the subject [Youtube]