Getting More out of a PDF


Lesson Info

Export & Create a PDF

One of the things that people commonly see when they have a PDF, they get a PDF and they wanna do something with it outside of Acrobat. And so you can edit it, you can copy and paste some of this content in here, and if I wanted to, I could go in and say, okay, I wanna copy all of this. I could select all of it and I could copy, jump over to another application here, and I could then copy it out and I could paste it in, and I could get all this content. It's not gonna keep the formatting, but at least I can get the text out of this. And it's like, yeah, that's nice, I mean, that's great, I can copy and paste, it's like sure. But how do I actually go and turn this into something different, other than a PDF? Can I take this and open this PDF back up in InDesign and have it be fully editable? No, you can't. Acrobat is basically the portable document format and what you see it was you get. But there are some things that I can do with this file that could be incredibly helpful and one of th...

em is going under the File menu, and I can choose Save as Other. Or actually not Save as Other, I wanna Export To, and I can export this to a Word or an Excel or a PowerPoint-style presentation, so that if I did wanna take this and bring it into Word to edit it further or get the content or actually turn this into a presentation, I could do this. And it's like, well, that would be cool, wouldn't it? And the answer is sure, you can. You can also go and turn this into an image, if you just want a screenshot or a static image of this, you don't care about it being a PDF, but you wanna put this on a webpage, doesn't need to be a PDF anymore, you just wanna get a picture of what it looks like, you can export it as well. You can also take this and turn it into a web page, HTML. No guarantee on how it's going to look. The simpler the look is, the better it's going to translate there. Sometimes it's great, sometimes it's not so great. It's not a substitute for going in and creating a website yourself. But if you just need this as a website, you can go in and just say, hey, take this, export it as HTML, clean it up, if you want to. So lots of different things that we can do. We're gonna come back and revisit this because this important and you're gonna see why it's so important. So simple PDF, that's the very basics of going in, getting what you want out of it. Now, how do you get something into, be a PDF? Well, you can print, pretty much print or export from any application out there to turn whatever you're working on into a PDF from that application. But you can also do it from within the full version of Acrobat by just going under the Create PDF button. And you can go in and you can just take a single file and you can choose from all these different files here, and you can even check more formats here to see all the different formats that you could possible import from, and you can go right to the Adobe website and you can see here's all the different things that you can grab and how you can do all this stuff. Photoshop files, Illustrator files, 3D files, you name it, you can do it. But you just say, okay, I'd like to create something. You can under a single PDF and you simply click Create. It asks you, okay, what do you want to turn into a PDF? And it's like, okay, you know what, I've got this picture and I wanna turn it into a PDF. I click Open and it goes in and it goes through a process of uploading it, grabs it, converts it into a file, and there you go. Maybe you don't even have the ability to open that file in the application it was created in, but you still need it to be a PDF. Well, there's no, people are like, well, go online and do a PDF converter and download this, and you find out there's a virus in it. No, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. You can do it all right here. You don't need to get all that other conversation software and third-party stuff, you can do it right here.

Many people think a PDF is JUST a PDF. You look at it, print it, sometimes fill out a form, email it and done. Nothing else. This tutorial will show you otherwise. You can edit a PDF, add text, add images, copy items, add more pages to a PDF, crop pages, export the entire PDF into a Word document or a PPT presentation, take a web page and convert it into a PDF with active link... and that is just a few of the things that will be covered. Get ready to unleash the power of a PDF in this effective video on how to take your PDFs way beyond what you ever thought possible.

Software Used: Adobe Acrobat Pro DC