6 Replies Latest reply on Apr 18, 2012 8:15 AM by c.pfaffenbichler

    Open PDF files

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        • 1. Re:  Open PDF files
          TurtleFace1988

          Sometimes when importing a PDF of varying page sizes into Photoshop, smaller pages are increased in size to match one of the dimensions of the larger pages.

           

          Is there any way around this?

          • 2. Re:  Open PDF files
            c.pfaffenbichler Level 8

            How exactly do you proceed and are those pdfs that combine pages of various sizes?

            Why do you convert the pdfs and are you aware of the quality-loss this incurs with regard to vector and type data?

            • 3. Re:  Open PDF files
              ryan.marchese Level 1

              I experienced the same behavior, and it just appears to be a glitch with the import (Photoshop doesn't support multiple sizes through batches very well - and the import dialogue is basically a built-in batch action). It sounds like you are referring to a multiple-page PDF (which is where I have also found the issue). The only real work-around I have found is to split your PDF and bring the pages (or groups if you have some same sizes) into Photoshop separately.

              • 4. Re:  Open PDF files
                c.pfaffenbichler Level 8

                and the import dialogue is basically a built-in batch action

                I wonder if that does the process justice.

                 

                The only real work-around I have found is to split your PDF and bring the pages (or groups if you have some same sizes) into Photoshop separately.

                I disagree, one might be able to use a Script that opens the pages individually or creates new documents for each page, places it and clips to its format after placing.

                Edit: Actually my choise of words was nonsensical … how could I disagree with what somebody has found?

                ryan.marchese, please excuse my dumb wording.

                • 5. Re:  Open PDF files
                  TurtleFace1988 Level 1

                  - How exactly do you proceed and are those pdfs that combine pages of various sizes?

                  I export a PDF with multiple pages of varying size from InDesign CS5.5 and then open it in Photoshop CS 5.1. In the import dialog I select all of the pages and then set the dpi to 72. When all of the documents are created some of the pages are scaled up/down from their original size.

                   

                  - Why do you convert the pdfs and are you aware of the quality-loss this incurs with regard to vector and type data?

                  I convert PDFs to JPEG for use in Flash. I am aware of the quality loss and the difference between vector based images and bitmap images but the JPEGS exported from InDesign are of a lower quality than the JPEGS produced from Photoshop when re-saving the PDF pages.

                   

                  - one might be able to use a Script that opens the pages individually or creates new documents for each page, places it and clips to its format after placing.

                  I am very interested in this. I will look into writing a script that will solve this issue. I was just surprised that Photoshop had a problem importing the PDFs.

                   

                  Thanks for all your responses.

                  • 6. Re:  Open PDF files
                    c.pfaffenbichler Level 8

                    If you should need help with a Scripting approach you could ask over at

                    http://forums.adobe.com/community/photoshop/photoshop_scripting