How to Convert JPEGs to Adobe PDFs

By Craig Witt

The Portable Document Format (PDF) was created by Adobe Systems to simplify the distribution of fixed-layout files, such as forms and brochures, across a wide range of operating systems and platforms. As long as a computer has the free Adobe Reader software installed, it can view and print PDF files with ease. To create your own PDFs, however, install one of several applications specifically designed to save documents and images to the format. Once you've done that, turning a JPEG into a PDF is a quick process.

Step 1

Download a PDF creation program. Adobe's Acrobat and PDF Bean's PDF4U programs are two widely used commercial options, while the popular Acro Software CutePDF Writer is available for free.

Step 2

Double-click the installer file you downloaded in the previous step. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software on your computer.

Step 3

Open the JPEG file you want to convert to PDF. You can open the file in any application that supports the format, including a Web browser, image viewer software, and the free Microsoft Paint program included with all versions of the Windows operating system.

Step 4

Click "File" in the top menu bar of your selected program and choose "Print."

Step 5

Select the name of your PDF creation program (e.g. "Adobe PDF," "PDF4U Adobe PDF Creator," "CutePDF Writer") from the list of available printers.

Step 6

Click the "Print" or "OK" button.

Step 7

Give the file a name, choose a save location, and click "Save." The PDF file will be created and ready to use within seconds.