How to Convert and Save Photos as PDF Files

Key Takeaways

  • Converting photos to PDF format preserves image quality and allows combining multiple images into one file.
  • Most operating systems have built-in tools to “print” photos to PDF files.
  • There are also many free online tools and paid desktop apps for converting image files to PDFs.

As an expert in digital imaging and document management, I understand the importance of preserving photo quality while organizing files efficiently. Converting photos to PDF format is an excellent solution that maintains the original image resolution and aspect ratio, while allowing you to combine multiple photos into a single, easily shareable document.

What is a PDF File?

A PDF (Portable Document Format) file is a widely used format for sharing documents and images in a way that preserves the original layout and formatting across different devices and operating systems. PDFs can contain text, images, hyperlinks, form fields, and other multimedia elements in a single file. [1]

Built-in Tools for Converting Photos to PDF

Most modern operating systems include built-in utilities to “print” photos and other images as PDF files:

Windows 10

  1. Open the photo in your default image viewer.
  2. Right-click the image and select “Print”.
  3. In the printer settings, choose “Microsoft Print to PDF” as the printer.
  4. Click “Print” and save the PDF file.


  1. Open the photo in Preview.
  2. Go to File > Print.
  3. Click the PDF button and select “Save as PDF”.
  4. Choose a location and filename to save the PDF.


  1. Open the photo in your default gallery app.
  2. Tap the share icon and select “Print”.
  3. Choose “Save as PDF” and select a folder to save the file.

These built-in methods are quick and easy for converting individual photos, but may be tedious for batches of multiple images. [3]

Online Tools for Converting Images to PDF

There are numerous free online tools that allow you to convert JPG, PNG, GIF and other image formats to PDF files:

  • iLovePDF
  • Smallpdf
  • PDF Candy
  • PDF2Go
  • Neevia Document Converter

Most of these web apps support dragging and dropping multiple image files for batch conversion to a single PDF document. Many also offer additional features like compression, encryption, and editing tools. [2][4]

Desktop Software for Converting Photos

For more advanced requirements or working with large batches of photos, dedicated desktop software may be preferable:

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • PDFelement
  • VeryPDF Image to PDF Converter
  • JPG to PDF Converter

Paid programs like these typically provide more customization options, faster conversion speeds, and integration with other document management workflows. They are especially useful for photographers, graphic designers and other professionals working extensively with images. [2][4]

No matter which method you choose, converting your treasured photos to PDF format ensures they will remain crisp and vibrant while allowing easy archiving, sharing and printing for years to come. [1][2][3][4]