How to Convert TIFF Images to PDF

By Amy Dombrower

TIFF is the file extension for the Tagged Image File Format, a common file format for compressed images and graphics. TIFFs can be viewed using any basic image viewer or photo editing software. You can convert TIFF images to other file formats, such as Portable Document Format (PDF), which is often a preferred format for receiving images via email or for professional printing. Quickly convert the image to PDF using software you may already have on your computer, including the built-in image and PDF viewer, Preview for Mac OS, Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Photoshop.

Things You'll Need

  • Preview, Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Photoshop (optional)

Preview for Mac

Step 1

Open Preview on your Mac computer by double-clicking "Preview" in the "Applications" folder in the Finder window.

Step 2

Click "File," then "Open." Navigate your computer files and select a TIFF file you want to convert. Click "Open."

Step 3

Click "File," then "Save As."

Step 4

Enter a new file name for the image, if necessary, and select a destination folder on your computer. Click "Format," then select "PDF." Click "Save."

Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Open Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

Click "File," then "Create PDF," then "From File."

Step 3

Click the "Show" menu and select "TIFF." This will only show the available TIFF files on your computer. Navigate your computer files and select a TIFF file you want to convert to PDF. Click "Open" to convert the file.

Step 4

Click "File," then "Save As" to save the document. Select a new file name and folder for the PDF.

Adobe Photoshop

Step 1

Open Adobe Photoshop.

Step 2

Click "File," then "Open." Navigate to a TIFF file on your computer, select it and then click "Open."

Step 3

Click the "File" menu again and click "Save As."

Step 4

Select a destination folder for the document and enter a new file name, if necessary. Click the "Format" menu, then select "Photoshop PDF." Click "Save."

Step 5

Make any necessary changes in the "Save Adobe PDF" dialog box, such as the version of compatibility. Click "Save PDF."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have any of the above software programs, you can convert a TIFF image to PDF online using a free conversion tool. See Resources for several options.