How to Save an Image as a PDF in Windows

By Carl Carabelli

There are many different types of image formats (including JPEG, PNG, GIF and BMP). While the original image can be saved in a number of different formats, any of them can be converted to a PDF file using Windows. All you need is the default Windows Picture and Fax Viewer that is pre-installed with the Operating System and a PDF program. Adobe Acrobat is one of the most popular. It can be downloaded directly from the website. There are also less expensive alternatives such as novaPDF, and even free ones like CutePDF.

Things You'll Need

  • PDF program

Method One

Step 1

Open the image file in Windows Picture and Fax viewer. If it is your default program, simply double-click the image in Windows Explorer and it will take you directly into the program.

Step 2

Select the "Print" option. A window will pop up. Select "Next."

Step 3

Select the images you want to convert in the window that pops up. Simply check the box next to each image you want to make into a PDF.

Step 4

Select "Adobe PDF" from the "Printing Options" window. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, select the appropriate PDF program. Click "Next."

Step 5

Choose the number of PDF copies you want to create as well as any other layout options you want in the layout screen that pops up. (For example, you can put multiple copies on one page of the PDF file.) Click "Next."

Step 6

Select the location you want to save the PDF to. Pick somewhere you will remember easily since you will likely need to retrieve it later. Click "Next" and wait as Windows creates the PDF file from the image.

Method 2

Step 1

Open the image file in Windows Picture and Fax viewer. If it is your default program, simply double-click the image in Windows Explorer and it will take you directly into the program.

Step 2

Right-click the image. Select "Convert to Adobe PDF." The image will instantly convert to a separate PDF file.

Step 3

Save the new PDF in the location of your choice.