9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 11, 2010 6:59 AM by Bill@VT RSS

    copy selection from one pdf to another pdf

    eliaswoudenberg Community Member

      Who knows how I can copy a selection from one pdf (including pictures and text) into another pdf?

        • 1. Re: copy selection from one pdf to another pdf
          wychegnome Community Member

          The method I use is to open the document containing the pages I want to copy and extract the relevant pages to a new docuent. Save and close the new document.

          Now open the document you want to copy the pages into and insert the pages in the position you want them placed.

          Not as straight forward a simple copy and paste - but Adobe has failed to provide the simple system that works in vitually every other piece of software.

          • 2. Re: copy selection from one pdf to another pdf
            Bill@VT CommunityMVP

            You can also use the drag and drop from the pages display in Acrobat.

            • 3. Re: copy selection from one pdf to another pdf
              eliaswoudenberg Community Member

              Thanks but this is not exactly what I am looking for. What I'd like to do is select part of a page in pdf document A ( images and text) and copy that into pdf document B. So not copy the entire page, but only part of it, and the part becomes part of the page in document B. With the snapshot tool, this works when copying (CTRL-V) into other files, even into e-mail; but not when copying into a pdf file ... which would seem to be a pretty basic step. Would you know how to do this?

              • 4. Re: copy selection from one pdf to another pdf
                Bill@VT CommunityMVP

                Then you need to use the object touchup tool (or the other object tool -- never remember which one). You should be aware that massive editing of a PDF such as implied by your post is very problematic. Acrobat is not really an editor, but with some effort you can usually get what you want -- maybe cussing the software a bit along the way, though it is not something that the software ever promised.

                • 5. Re: copy selection from one pdf to another pdf
                  SimonATS Employee Hosts

                  after copying part of a PDF using the snapshot tool from one PDF, it's still possible to paste this selection into a different pdf.

                  Just be aware that when you paste this selection it's pasted as a stamp.

                   

                  So instead of Ctrl-v, do the following:

                  Go to: Comments:Comments and Markup tools>stamps>paste clipboard image as stamp

                  • 6. Re: copy selection from one pdf to another pdf
                    eliaswoudenberg Community Member

                    Thanks. I tried this. Does not work. With 'paste clipboard image as stamp', the area copied with the snapshot tool is A) not copied entirely plus B) pasted in significantly reduced quality. The result is ridiculous.

                     

                    I really don't understand why this totally basic copy-paste action is not possible with such an expensive package as Adobe Professional 9. Adobe is losing me as a customer.

                    • 7. Re: copy selection from one pdf to another pdf
                      SimonATS Employee Hosts

                      can you post the pdf you're copying from and copying into?

                      It sounds like they're not well formed PDF files.

                      As the copied image on the clipboard is pasted as a comment you can also

                      drag the handles of the image once it's copied into the pdf. It tends to

                      paste the image at full size making the quality appear less.

                       

                      failing that, you could try pasting into Word first, then make a new

                      copy of the image in Word and paste that as a comment instead.

                       

                      Also you can set the resolution of the image captured by the snapshot

                      tool in Acrobat's  preferences:

                      edit>preferences>general> 'Used fixed resolution for snapshot tool'

                       

                      As mentioned before you can also place an existing image (like a jpeg)

                      into a PDF using the touchup Object tool. (Acrobat Pro or higher)

                      Select the touchup object tool from tools>advanced editing

                      then right-click in the pdf and select 'Place image' then select the

                      image to be inserted.

                       

                      Some resizing will be required when doing this.

                      • 8. Re: copy selection from one pdf to another pdf
                        eliaswoudenberg Community Member

                        Thanks for the lengthy steps but this all seems way too complex for such an extremely simple copy/paste action. It should really be no more than just CTRL-C then CTRL-V. I now also spoke with the Adobe help desk by phone. After 30 minutes, they concluded / confirmed that copying part of a pdf page into another pdf page is simply not possible. Kind suggestion for the Adobe designers that they seem to have forgotten a pretty basic feature for such an expensive program.

                        • 9. Re: copy selection from one pdf to another pdf
                          Bill@VT CommunityMVP

                          You can generally copy snap shots or objects (the reason I think I suggested the object touchup or select tools. An object is a whole block, not just what you would like. You might then be able to edit what you copy.