32 Replies Latest reply on Jul 14, 2016 7:10 AM by melissas2849359

    Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.

    McNaught Level 1

      Hi,

       

      I'm trying to File > Save As an Adobe Photoshop CS6 PDF and then be able to open it and edit the text in Adobe Acrobat X.

      Whenever I attempt to edit the text it is a raster image and it doesnt matter what I do in the photoshop pdf settings.

       

      I want to be able to do this so that the text is able to be searched by google / search engines when I make the PDF available online.

       

      -Steve.

        • 1. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
          McNaught Level 1

          Also, just a site note, I want to be able to add embedded links in the PDF document in Acrobat once I'm done with it in Photoshop.

          • 2. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
            Level 5

            From:  http://creativebits.org/photoshop/preserving_vector_text_from_photoshop

             

            Photoshop is a superb program. But a page layout app it is not. Fuzzy bitmapped 72 dpi text isn't my idea of a good time. However there is a way that a text heavy layout can be done in Photoshop and sent to a prepress tech without them burning you in effigy.

            vector-pdf

             

            1. Create the document.

            2. Add in your text making sure not to rasterize it.

            3. Save it as a "Photoshop PDF"

            4. In the PDF file format options make sure to check "Include Vector Data" and Embed fonts.

            5. This will produce a PDF with embedded fonts that any prepress monkey worth his salt will embrace with open arms.

             

            ==============

             

            Also:  If you want to maintain text, you must not use any faux-stuff, like "faux bold" and/or "faux italic".

             

            I can't help you with the embedded hot link, though.  Could be a question for the Acrobat forum.

            • 3. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
              Level 5

              Note:  If you re-open the PDF in Photoshop, it will in all likelihood rasterize again.

              • 4. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                McNaught Level 1

                Your article / link is completely out of date.

                 

                There is no such thing as "include vector data" in the "Save As" settings in Photoshop CS6. 

                You'll notice that article was posted in 2006.

                 

                So... who's got something more relevant for Photoshop CS6?

                • 7. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                  McNaught Level 1

                  I've tried this also.  It doesn't work.

                   

                  Do you have Acrobat so you can try what I'm talking about?

                  • 8. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                    McNaught Level 1

                    Also, I've googled for about 2hrs for answers for this problem and no one seems to have a solution for me.

                    • 9. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                      gener7 Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      I just finished a lesson on editing in Acrobat X.

                       

                      Basic advice:  Edit the document in the source program. A Photoshop PDF is editable in Photoshop. Acrobat cannot edit a Photoshop PDF.

                       

                      Your text should still be searchable. I did a basic word search and an advanced search on a Photoshop PDF I created when I opened it in Acrobat X.

                       

                      Gene

                      • 10. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                        McNaught Level 1

                        I've found search engines cannot see the data contained in my PDF's produced from Photoshop as the text is rasterized.  There MUST be a way to export it with SEO friendly text...

                        • 11. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                          Level 5

                          Just a word of advice: 

                           

                          You are not addressing Adobe here.  The tone and tenor of your posts are not conducive to generate continued willingness of the forum contributing volunteerswhich we all are—to keep responding to your imperious posts.

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                            Level 5

                            You should actually be using InDesign to generate your PDFs.  Use Photoshop for your graphics and InDesign for text and layout.

                             

                            I'm out of here.

                             

                            Good luck. 

                            • 13. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                              McNaught Level 1

                              I'm sorry, I wasn't aware there was such thing as "tone" on the internet?

                              So far all you've done for me is google some answers.  Not exactly what I was hoping for...  I can do that myself thanks.

                               

                              Feel free to read into whatever tone you like mate.

                              • 14. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                gener7 Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                All I can suggest then is to create the PDF from another authoring app,Word, or InDesign. Acrobat sees the text as an "image object",not a vector (type) object. Use PS to import images into your page.

                                 

                                It may not be what you want to hear,but I'd rather see you get on with your project.

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                                  Level 5

                                  McNaught wrote:

                                   

                                  …"mate".

                                   

                                  Aha!  That explains it… 

                                  • 16. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                    Level 5

                                    McNaught wrote:

                                     

                                    …google some answers.…  I can do that myself thanks…

                                     

                                    You should have, sir. 

                                    • 17. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                      ascott121 Level 1

                                      I was having a similar problem (in CS5.5) - and by trial and error I've found if you use the buttons highlighted by the red oval that text box wouldn't end up being vector text. Instead to style the text you need to use the area next to the fold selection.

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                                      • 18. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                        PDFerguson Adobe Employee

                                        Hi all,

                                         

                                        The short answer is you should never depend on preserving searchable or editable Acrobat text when you save to PDF from Photoshop. It is confusing because sometimes your text will be preserved, and other times it won't.

                                         

                                        In simple terms, Photoshop always strives to preserve image integrity, even at the expense of preserving text information. This has a lot to do with the layering model in Photoshop and the  composite image that Photoshop must generate for the PDF. If a text layer is (or even may be) obscured by other layers above it, the text will be rasterized or converted to clipping paths.  The reasons and specific details about this get a bit complicated, so I won't go into them here.

                                         

                                        In practice, this means that in most moderately complicated, multi-layer Photoshop images, text will not survive into a PDF as searchable or editable Acrobat text. The cases where it will be preserved tend to be very simple, e.g. black text on a white background.

                                         

                                        That said, text will survive into any PDF as editable Photoshop text, if you have selected "Preserve Photoshop Editing Capability" when saving the PDF. In that situation, the entire Photoshop document, with all its layers and other information, is stored as private data inside the PDF in a format readable only by Photoshop.

                                         

                                        Hope this helps,

                                         

                                        Paul

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                                        • 19. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                          callhandigitalprinting Level 1

                                          After recently upgrading to PS cs6, I noticed vector data was not included in a pdf like it was in CS5.5.

                                           

                                          Text previewing with outlines etc.

                                           

                                          Simple work-around would be to save as a EPS, but it would outline the text.

                                          • 20. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                            Level 7

                                            It can be preserved, it just depends on the options you choose when saving.

                                            • 21. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                              PDFerguson Adobe Employee

                                              There have been no changes between CS 5.5 and CS 6 related to this, so I'm not sure what you're experiencing. Are you referring to vector data when you re-open the PDF in Photoshop? If so, then it's probably because you don't have "Preserve Photoshop Editing Capability" checked in the PDF settings dialog.

                                              • 22. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                                blueisacolor Level 1

                                                That what I did by using CS6 and it worked for me. Hope it helps you too

                                                 

                                                • Step1) Moved All Graphics (Images/Backgrounds) in one folder (Folder-Layers)
                                                • Step2) Moved All texts (title, Headings, main text etc.) in another folder (Folder-Text)
                                                • Step3) Merge the first folder (Folder-Layers) and made a single layer by right click & Merge Group

                                                                           OR Select folder > Layer > Rasterize > Layer

                                                                           Now I have only one Background Layer (Graphics) and a text folder

                                                 

                                                • Step4) Go to - File > Save As > Choose Photoshop PDF –
                                                • Check* Use Proof Setup: Working CMYK then SAVE (If you want print)      You will get a message “The settings you choose in the save Adobe PDF dialog can override your    Current settings in the Save As dialog box. “- OK

                                                 

                                                • Step 5) Save Adobe PDF Dialogue Box

                                                              Choose settings- 

                                                • Adobe PDF Preset: Adobe PDF Preset 1
                                                • Standard:        PDF/X-4:2010
                                                • Compatibility:    Acrobat 7(PDF 1. 6)
                                                • General
                                                • Check- Optimize for fast Web Preview
                                                • Check- View PDF after Saving
                                                • Compression
                                                • Just change Compression box None (No Zip, No JPEG., No JPEG2000)
                                                • Don’t touch any settings. and then SAVE PDF

                                                Then open in Acrobat Reader and do the text changes.

                                                • 23. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                                  Damian Livesey Level 1

                                                  Avoid faux bold style, PS will rasterlise all text formatted in this way when saving to PDF.

                                                   

                                                  Try this!

                                                   

                                                  1. Select your problem text with the 'type tool'

                                                  2. In the 'Charater' panel deselect the T on the list of formating options.

                                                  3. Save again, it worked for me!

                                                   

                                                  Good Luck!

                                                  • 24. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                                    gjseevers Level 1

                                                    Howdy!

                                                     

                                                    I've had this same problem, and I've worked in a print shop before, so I appreciate the urgency of the question!

                                                     

                                                    The method utlined by blue is a color are very helpful!! And with a little modification can result in what you need:

                                                     

                                                    1 - Select all raster images and merge into a single layer

                                                    2 - Leave all vector images and text as separate layers.

                                                    3 - SAVE AS A PSD

                                                     

                                                    The adobe software is intended to function as a suite, so using each tool for the proper application is enormously helpful.

                                                     

                                                    4 - OPEN THE PSD YOU JUST SAVED WITH ILLUSTRATOR (Illustrator can do this in the latest versions, the programs are meant to work together)

                                                    5 - Use Illustrator to save your PSD as a PDF

                                                    • 25. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                                      spooky23455 Level 1

                                                      Why in the world would adobe take the option out to "include vector data" when saving a PSD file as a final PDF?? I do most of my work in illustrator (vector) but some times I need photoshop (raster) to get great work done that is 99% of the job. Many times I can't get the effects I need in illustrator. In this instance I have a simple PSD file with headline, and a placed vector logo (on top of all layers)...and I cannot output a simple PDF for print with the vector logo intact....?????#$%!!!! I now have to use two programs for this??

                                                       

                                                      I tried above with no luck.

                                                       

                                                      I thought maybe it rasterized when I copy/pasted but i just exported the layer as an ai file...and it's vector, so the data is there!!! So I can export an ai but I can't export a PDF with the same vector info???

                                                       

                                                      What's strange is I can't even print a .ps file with "save vector data" in print dialog and distill the file as I do 100 time a day in illustrator to get small hi-quality PDFs.

                                                       

                                                      I even tried saving as EPS that DOES have an option to "save vector data"...and the logo is still rasterized in the EPS file....??? 2 hours of trying down the tubes....would be nice to have an option to check to "get email when this thread is responded to".

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                                                        Derek Cross Level 4

                                                        I haven't read all through this thread so maybe it's covered. You create your form preferable in InDesign but you can do it in Word. Export it as an interactive PDF. Open The PDF in Acrobat Pro and fine tune it - change the field fonts (only use system fonts), colour and alignment for example, add buttons. And lastly Reader Enable the form so that end-users can use Acrobat Reader to enter and Save data in the form.

                                                        • 27. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                                          Shekharmine Level 1

                                                          i am using photoshop cs6 extended.

                                                          there is no option: include vector data and "embed fonts"

                                                          how to fix this.

                                                          i am working on both RGB and CMYK

                                                          • 28. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                                            mickpark Level 1

                                                            Thank you gjseevers!

                                                             

                                                            I can confirm this worked in a text-heavy PSD, where I had a vector .eps logo (text + graphics) as one of my layers. All I did was open up the PSD in AI, and turn off all downsampling. In the end all the text and graphics looked great even when zooming well beyond 100%. Added bonus: end file size was still 1/3 that of a downsampled Photoshop PDF.

                                                             

                                                            Kudos! And thanks again.

                                                            ES

                                                            • 29. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                                              Veakals Level 1

                                                              A simple trick is to prepare your Photoshop as you always do, and save a .psd file.

                                                              Then open this file in Adobe Illustrator.

                                                              You will be asked if you want to convert the layers to objects or to flatten them in a single layer. Select "convert objects".

                                                              If it doesn't work, verify if the .psd file is in 8bits.

                                                              Your text is now editable in Illustrator and appears as vectors. You can now simply save it as a standard .PDF.

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                                                              • 30. Re: Can't make Photoshop PDF with editable / vector text.
                                                                ashlillings Level 1

                                                                EXPLANATION

                                                                I had the exact same issue as the OP. Even though I was saving the file as a Photoshop PDF with the "Preserve Photoshop Editing Capability" turned on, it was still rasterizing my type. For context, I am using CC 2015's new Artboards. When I created my Artboards, I distinctly remember being disgusted by Adobe auto-generating Fill Layers into each Artboard. I promptly deleted them. Then, while reading through the comments, I saw that blueisacolor mentioned partitioning text layers and background layers. Well, to be frank, I knew right away that folders wouldn't do a damn bit of good (sorry, but really...it's true). BUT it did recall my memory of deleting those fill layers. Sure enough, adding them back in fixed my issue. When I was first exporting my PDF, I didn't have any Background Layers at all, just Type Layers. So, when Photoshop was trying to decide what should fill the transparent space, it effectively just merged all layers...which in turn rasterized the type layers.



                                                                SOLUTION

                                                                For those of you who are thinking, "Okay, great, but what's a Fill Layer?" see below:

                                                                In the main menu bar, go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. In the first prompt, put in whatever the heck you want to, so long as the Opacity is 100%. In the second prompt, choose whatever color your heart desires. I recommend white. You should be aware that it doesn't have to be a Fill Layer, per se. Any layer that has pixels in every corner of the canvas will work. You can convert any layer into a Background Layer by first selecting that layer then going to Layer > New > Background from Layer.


                                                                For those of you using CC 2015's Artboards:

                                                                Bad news, bub. I tried using the File > Export > Artboards to PDF option after reincorporating my Fill Layers back into the mix. Whatever automated Action that does that black magic to make that happen didn't include the "Preserve Photoshop Editing Capability" option. So, you can do one of two things: make your own black magic custom Action to do your bidding, OR you can save each Artboard out as a separate PDF then merge them together in Acrobat. The first option is probably not worth your effort unless you have to do this repeatedly with a complex collection.


                                                                 

                                                                CLOSING REMARKS

                                                                Reading through this, I can definitely sympathize with OP's frustration with a lack of useful information. In this day and age, assume everyone starts by googling for the answer. Why is this more likely than not? Consider the amount of friction (effort) it takes for someone to open a dozen pages in different tabs and skim for info vs. logging into the Adobe Forums, writing a question, trying all of the suggestions, responding to all the irrelevant answers, etc. So, even though I can see why someone might interpret OP's "tone" as being brusque, no one should take a user's frustration with a poorly designed tool personally. Just remember that it's not you they're really frustrated with. Also please be aware that users aren't always informed that the users responding aren't paid Customer Service Reps. I certainly didn't know that when I started using the Adobe Forums. (Can you tell I'm a UX Designer?)

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                                                                  ashlillings Level 1

                                                                  ADDENDUM

                                                                  In response to some of the previous comments, I strongly feel that if you can't answer a question within the context of the software program in question, you're not an expert in the program. It's perfectly okay to say, "You know, I don't know if that's actually possible in Photoshop! I sure can't think of anything!" but don't say, "You should have used Adobe InDesign/Illustrator/Fireworks/DogPoop instead!" Just don't do it. You come across like a big jerkface, and no one is going to respect you for it.

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                                                                    melissas2849359 Level 1

                                                                    Well said... Im having this problem and CANNOT for the life of me fix it