If you’ve scanned a document with iPhone or have an image as a JPG file and you want to create a photo grid, it’s often useful to convert that image(-s) into a PDF. Using “PDFThings – Photos to PDF” App, you can even automatically process text within the image so that it’s easily searchable by anyone you send the image to.
Using iOS native tools
You can convert any image on your iPhone or iPad into a PDF file using the iOS print function.
- Open the Photos app and select the image you want to convert to PDF
- Tap on “Share” button and choose “Print” from the action menu
- At the options screen, use a zooming gesture on the image to reveal hidden PDF view
- Tap on the “Share” button again to save created PDF file to iCloud or share it via Mail, Messages, etc.
It’s pretty simple to create pdf from photos using native tools, but those are limited and lacks features. For example:
- You CAN’T control/optimize output file size
- Changing a pdf page layout is not possible
- You CAN’T align photos to a grid, or create a custom page layout
- Only one pdf page size
- You are not able to add any text annotations beside a photo
But you can do this using
Convert using Photos to PDF by PDFthings
You can use the ‘Photos to PDF by PDFThings‘ app, known for its PDF editing abilities, to convert an image to a PDF.
Within the app, create a new document by tapping on the ‘+’ button. Then, choose an image(-s) you want to convert to pdf and tap on the ‘Done’ button. Afterward, you can select a page layout or just skip it to use default (one image per page) layout.
Now you can tap on the ‘…’ button and select the “Share” option from the action menu and save it to iCloud or share via Messages, Mail, etc.
Photos to PDF app offers various options to optimize and adjust the created pdf document.
You can adjust image compression to optimize overall file size, change paper format and page margins or add a page footer.
Using Other Tools
PDFThings – Photos to PDF isn’t the only tool you can use to convert
Other apps, too, are available in the app store to convert images into usable PDFs, and they can be useful for snapping pictures of contracts, receipts and other documents on the go when you don’t have a scanner available.