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How to Save a Scanned Image to a PDF File

by Foye Robinson
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A scanner captures documents and other content optically and transfers the information to your computer as an image file. Then you can save the photograph, text or information to a location of your choice and share it with others through such venues as print media, a website or email. Scanning a document saves time, but, since the content is an image, it can be difficult to edit without an image editor. Major editing may require starting from scratch. You can convert a scanned image to a PDF file in a few steps.

Capture the Image

Step 1

Open the scanner software you use for your scanner.

Step 2

Select “File” and “Acquire” to scan the document into your computer (or follow the instructions for your scanner). The scanned document will load into the scanning program.

Step 3

Save the document by clicking on “File” and “Save.” Your document will be saved as an image.

Make note of the location where you save the file, such as your computer desktop.

Save the Image as a PDF File

Step 1

Reopen the scanned image in your default image editing software by opening it from your desktop.

Step 2

Select “File” and “Print” to open the “Print” dialog box.

Step 3

Click on the printer name and select your PDF converter from the list of choices. Then click on “OK.”

Save the scanned image as a PDF file in the “Save As” dialog box. The default file extension will be “PDF.” Click on “Save.”

Tip

  • You can also use an online PDF converter to convert your image into a PDF file.

Items you will need

  • Scanner
  • PDF converter

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