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I wanted to add a logo PNG image on a document I had in PDF. It is fairly simple to do this in Preview:
  • Convert the PDF document to an image with File » Save As.... Choose PNG as the format and change the resolution as desired.
  • Open the image file and select the whole image with Edit » Select All (or select just a part of it with the mouse if you wish).
  • Copy the selection Edit » Copy.
  • Go back to the document (which is now a PNG image) and paste the selection with Edit » Paste and resize it as you wish.
  • Save the file as a PDF with File » Save As.... Choose PDF as the format (and rename it if the original PDF needs to be preserved).
Note that a PDF made from an image is not searchable, so that is a drawback to this procedure.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. The original article included with the submission is here.]
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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: redfood on Dec 16, '10 07:45:53AM

This doesn't add an image to a PDF. This converts a PDF to images, edits the images, then converts the images to a PDF. Not only do you loose the ability to search text but you loose other PDF benefits like resolution independence and the possibility to edit the PDF with another application.



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lose!
Authored by: SeanAhern on Dec 18, '10 09:58:14AM

I hate being a grammar nazi, but you did it twice in one sentence. It's "lose," not "loose."



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: TvE on Dec 16, '10 08:11:29AM

Umm - a waste of time converting vector graphic and ascii text to pixels. It would be better to merge two documents to one "Real"pdf file without loosing data!!!



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: auco on Dec 16, '10 08:14:53AM

(sorry, misread - this comment can be removed)

Edited on Dec 16, '10 08:17:32AM by auco



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 16, '10 08:42:59AM

No, this is not adding an image to a PDF.

Try pdftk instead. The specific option you want is stamp or multistamp.

It's command line only, and although there are GUI frontends for it, it looks like this particular feature isn't catered for; but unlike the posted hint, it will actually overlay one PDF onto another without loss of fidelity.



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: phallstrom on Dec 16, '10 09:06:11AM

Use Formulate Pro (it's free) to do this and other markup on PDF's... I use it to fill out "pdf forms" all the time...

http://code.google.com/p/formulatepro/



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: timcrawf on Dec 16, '10 10:31:58AM

Nice pointer. I had not seen this before.



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: bozo_z_clown on Dec 22, '10 11:43:24AM

What a great suggestion! FormulatePro does exactly what I need ... annotate existing PDFs with text, images, simple shapes and even checkmarks. It's ideal for filling out forms electronically.



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: RMo on Dec 16, '10 11:08:59AM

Why do they publish such awful hints as this? I guess it's fine if all you're going to do is print the PDF and never use it again, but for anything else (like sending it to someone else), this is bad news all around.

There are many better ways to do this while maintaining the original PDF (texts, vectors, etc.), as some commenters have pointed out. (Acrobat Pro is, of course, another option, though significantly more expensive. :))



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: Mr. H on Dec 17, '10 04:48:34AM

well, the original hint may be awful, but as you say it's lead to some helpful comments so all around I'm glad the hint was published.



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 21, '10 11:16:39AM

Absolutely, but this kind of thing belongs in a forum. Wrong tool for the job, wouldn't you say?

It's a community-driven site. Hints Dot Macworld Dot Com needs reworking, giving more prominence to the forums, where submissions such as the above can be hammered out, and then a hint produced by the publishers to encapsulate the discussion.



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Preview - add an image to a PDF file
Authored by: IWT on Dec 21, '10 04:31:13AM

PDFpen does all this and lots more without changing formats back & forth.

You can remove, resize and generally fiddle with images already in the original pdf document plus add as many other images as you wish by dragging them to your desired location within the document. The format of the image you want to add is irrelevant it can be in any format and conversion is not necessary.

Takes seconds. Yes, yes, I know PDFpen costs but the charge is very reasonable given the enormous range of options included..

NB I have no connection with any manufacturer, past or present; nor do I review Apps professionally. I'm just an ordinary user.

Ian



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