How to export layers to pages of a pdf file in Photoshop CS5

I need to save each layer of my psd document as a page in a multi-page PDF file (or as a single-page PDF file each as I can combine them later). File->save as->PDF works for 1 layer at a time, but I don’t fancy doing this for all 150 pages of the document.

I also tried the File->Scripts->Export layers to files, but it runs incredibly slowly (actually slower than me doing it manually) and I also have to output them to images, then re-import them in acrobat which doesn’t allow me (or I haven’t found the option anyway) to save the document in the PDF/X-1a:2001 format I require (which is an option from the photoshop file->save as dialog).

Is there a better way? Even recommendations for another program are welcome, but obviously I would prefer Photoshop solutions.


You can use File->Scripts->Export layers to files to create PDFs. Choose PDF under File type in the Export Layers to Files dialog box. It’s easy to miss since it’s the option just above PSD.

As far as being slow… Don’t know how big your image is or how many layers there are, but on an old (2008) MacBook Pro it exported a 2848×4288 pixel image’s four layers in less than 30 seconds. I can’t speak to your configuration. But at least it can run without having to convert the results from images to PDFs.

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