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Take Control of Preview by Adam Engst, Josh Centers

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Create PDFs

While Preview can’t create a PDF entirely from scratch, like apps such as Adobe InDesign and Apple’s Pages, it does offer some capabilities for generating new PDFs from existing content. Preview, like most Mac apps, can “print” to a PDF file. Additionally, you can create a PDF by converting one or more images to a PDF (see Convert and Export), Importing from the Clipboard, or Importing from a Scanner.

Printing to PDF

You can “print” any document from nearly any app to a PDF. This system-wide feature on the Mac is just like printing, except that instead of a printing marks on paper, the Mac creates a graphical image in PDF format of what that paper would look like. Because it’s a graphic, any text is “understood” in the file only ...

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