How to Convert a PDF to a PSD in Photoshop

By Julius Vandersteen

Photoshop is an application made by Adobe for creating, manipulating and editing image files. When you work on a document in Photoshop, it is saved as a PSD file, which lets you edit various components of the image before exporting it to a different format, such as a JPG that appears on a website. If you have a document saved in Adobe's Portable Document Format, or PDF, you might want to convert it into an Adobe PSD file so you can manipulate it as a graphic image.

Step 1

Launch Photoshop on your computer.

Step 2

Click "File," then "Open."

Step 3

Click on the folder on your hard drive that contains the PDF file you want to convert.

Step 4

Click on the PDF file to select it, then click "Open." The "Import PDF" dialog box opens, with a list of each page of the PDF file appearing as a thumbnail.

Step 5

Click on "Pages" if you want to convert an entire PDF page, or click on "Images" if you only want to convert an image from a PDF page.

Step 6

Click on a thumbnail to select a single page, or press the "Command" key on a Windows computer or the "Apple" key on a Mac while clicking on multiple pages to select them.

Step 7

Click "OK." A "Rasterizing File" message comes up as Photoshop converts the PDF page or pages into images. The image file then opens. If you've imported multiple pages, you see a tabbed window, with one tab for each imported page. Click on a tab to view the image.

Step 8

Click "File," and then click "Save As." Click on a folder to select the location where you want to save the PDF page as a PSD file. Click on the "Format" pull-down menu, and then click "Photoshop." Click "Save" to convert the PDF page to a PSD file.