How to open / place PDF files in Photoshop and use as a layer tutorial
How 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.
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Once 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
2) crop to
9) bit depth
10) as well as the thumbnail size
Weirdly, it won't open in 32bits per channel (bit depth)
You can also use the place embedded or linked menu command to add the item to an existing document.
There 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)
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
You can also then add effects (it is a smart object)
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
Please find a selection of free PDF shapes to use in your commercial as well as personal work, all royalty free from graphicxtras.com