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Saving PDF in Photoshop with Security Options

Apr 1, 2012 4:55 PM

How can I access the PDF Security Options in saving a PSD or JPG file to a PDF file? What I need is to set a fixed password for all the files I save as PDF. I want to restrict the Permissions to printing only. All other options (like modifying the file or extracting images) are not allowed.


I have a sample script to save an opened file as a PDF, saving it to a PDFs sub-folder. But I don't know how to preset the Security options. How can this be scripted? Here it is:


// Defines the active document that is opened

var docRef = app.activeDocument;
var imgName=;
imgName = imgName.substr(0, imgName.length -4);


// Get name of Folder Path
var docFolder = docRef.fullName.parent;
var folderPath = docFolder.fsName;


// Create a sub-folder called PDFs in the working folder
var newPathFolder = new Folder( folderPath + "//PDFs/");


// Flatten layers before saving


// Save Options for PDFs

pdfFile = new File( folderPath + "//PDFs/" + imgName + ".pdf")
pdfSaveOptions = new PDFSaveOptions()
pdfSaveOptions.PDFCompatibility = PDFCompatibility.PDF16;
pdfSaveOptions.colorConversion = false;
pdfSaveOptions.destinationProfile = "U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2";
pdfSaveOptions.embedColorProfile = false;
pdfSaveOptions.optimizeForWeb = true;
pdfSaveOptions.profileInclusionPolicy = false;
pdfSaveOptions.encoding = PDFEncoding.JPEG;
pdfSaveOptions.downSample = PDFResample.PDFBICUBIC;


// set to NONE to allow PDF Security Options. Permission is for Printing only. A common password
// needs to be added as soon as the file is saved without typing it in all the time
pdfSaveOptions.PDFStandard = PDFStandard.NONE;


pdfSaveOptions.downSampleSize = 200;
pdfSaveOptions.downSampleSizeLimit = 250;
pdfSaveOptions.layers = false;
pdfSaveOptions.jpegQuality = 4;

docRef.saveAs(pdfFile, pdfSaveOptions, true, Extension.LOWERCASE);


The forum does not seem to have any discussion on this. I hope somebody can share their knowledge about this.


Thanks ;-)

  • Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 2, 2012 2:26 AM   in reply to apmaui808

    There are no properties available to do this using the regular DOM… Photoshops PDF is quite limited compaired to some other apps… That a side in most apps I would make use of a named preset and just call that… I haven't tested in Photoshop but if it works it may be the only way to do this…


    pdfSaveOptions.presetFile = 'somePreset';

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