How to Convert Photo to PDF on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Converting photos to PDF on Mac can be a useful way to organize and share your images. Whether you want to create a digital photo album or send multiple photos in one file, converting them to a PDF can make it easier. In this tutorial, we will show you how to convert a photo to PDF on Mac using two different methods.

Method 1: Using Preview

If you’re looking for a quick and straightforward way to convert a single photo to PDF on Mac, the Preview app is your best bet. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open the photo you want to convert in Preview. You can do this by double-clicking on the image file.
  2. Step 2: Once the photo is open in Preview, go to the “File” menu and select “Print”.

    Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Command + P.

  3. Step 3: In the Print dialog box, click on the “PDF” dropdown menu located at the bottom-left corner.
  4. Step 4: Select “Save as PDF” from the options. This will prompt you to choose a location and set a name for your PDF file.
  5. Step 5: Click “Save” and wait for Preview to convert your photo into a PDF file. Once it’s done, you’ll have your converted PDF ready for use!

This method is perfect for converting individual photos quickly. However, if you have multiple photos that you want to combine into one PDF document, there’s another method that works better.

Method 2: Using Automator

If you have multiple photos that you want to convert to PDF or if you prefer a more automated approach, you can use the Automator app on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open the Automator app. You can find it by searching for “Automator” in Spotlight or by navigating to the “Applications” folder.
  2. Step 2: In Automator, choose “New Document” and select “Workflow”.
  3. Step 3: In the Library panel on the left, search for and double-click on “Photos” under the Actions list.
  4. Step 4: Drag and drop the “Ask for Finder Items” action from the Library panel to the workflow area on the right.
  5. Step 5: Click on the “Options” button next to “Ask for Finder Items” and select your desired settings, such as whether you want to allow multiple selections.
  6. Step 6: Drag and drop the “New PDF from Images” action from the Library panel below the previous action in your workflow.
  7. Step 7: Choose any additional options for your PDF conversion, such as image compression or password protection.
  8. Step 8: Save your workflow by going to “File” and selecting “Save”. Give it a name and choose a location where you want to save it.

To use your workflow and convert your photos to PDF, simply double-click on it whenever you have a batch of photos that need converting. The converted PDF will be saved in the location specified in your workflow.


Converting photos to PDF on Mac is a simple and efficient way to manage and share your images. Whether you need to convert a single photo or a batch of photos, using Preview or Automator can help you achieve this task effortlessly. Try out these methods and see which one works best for you!

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