How to Merge a JPG to a PDF on a Mac

By Sophie Southern

Portable Document Format, more commonly referred to as PDF, is one of the most popular file formats because of its universal compatibility with applications and operating systems. If you're on a Mac, you can use Preview to create PDFs, which is a multi-purpose default application that comes with the Mac OS X operating system. With Preview, you can easily convert JPG images into PDF files, and even turn multiple JPGs into a multipage PDF.

Step 1

Click the "Finder" icon in your Dock to open a new Finder window and click the shortcut link to your "Applications" folder on the right. Double-click Preview to open the application.

Step 2

Select "File" from the top menu bar, then select "Open" and locate the JPG or JPGs on your computer that you want to convert to PDF. Click the "Open" button or press the "Enter" key.

Step 3

Select "File" from the top menu bar, then select "Save As." Choose a destination on your Mac to save your PDF file. Click the tab next to "Format" and choose "PDF," then click the "Save" button. This will create a single PDF document from a single JPG image. If you want turn multiple JPGs into a multi-page PDF, proceed to the next step.

Step 4

Select "File" from the top menu bar, then select "Open." Locate the JPG images you want to convert into a PDF. Use the "Shift" key to select consecutive images or use the "Command" key to select nonconsecutive images. You must select the images together and open them at the same time to create a multipage PDF.

Step 5

Click the first image thumbnail in the sidebar on the right, then hold the "Shift" key while you click the last thumbnail to select all of the image thumbnails. Select "File" from the top menu bar, then select "Print Selected Images."

Step 6

Click the "PDF" button in the bottom-left corner of the print window, then select "Save as PDF." Type a name for your PDF, select a destination and click the "Save" button. Your JPG will export into one PDF document with multiple pages.

Tips & Warnings

  • Create a PDF from any document in Mac OS X by selecting "File," then "Print" from the top menu bar. When the Print window appears, click the "PDF" button in the bottom-left corner. You can save the document as a PDF, email it as a PDF or open it directly in Preview as a PDF.

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