How to Turn a Photo into a PDF on Mac

Article By: Hess Brown - July 28, 2022, Last Modified: July 30, 2022
How to turn a photo into a PDF on Mac

Want to save your pictures or screenshots on your Mac as PDFs? You might need to save your images on your Mac as PDFs for a variety of reasons. So, here we will explain how to turn a photo into a PDF on Mac. Luckily, the process of converting your images into PDF is very straightforward. And you can achieve your conversion using your Mac’s native Preview application, third-party PDF software, and online converters. We’ve covered all three photo to PDF conversion methods for your convenience.

Are you curious about the best way on how to turn a photo into a PDF on Mac? Install the pdfFiller application on your Mac to edit, convert, and manage your PDFs.

Method 1: How to turn a photo into a PDF on Mac using online converters


One of the best ways to convert your photo to PDF on your Mac is through an online converter. There are several online media or PDF converters that you could use to save a picture as a PDF on your Mac. However, here we will be again using pdfFiller, but in this case, its online web version instead of its application.


The online version of pdfFiller has a ton of features and boasts of solving all your PDF-related problems. Some of the features it offers are premium and require a subscription. However, you can easily avail the premium features by starting a 30-day free trial. To make an account, you simply need a working email address.


Here are the steps to convert your JPG to a PDF on Mac using an online converter:

Turn a photo into a PDF on Mac using the online pdfFiller converter
  • Visit the site for the online pdfFiller from your browser on Mac.
  • Then drag the photo that you’d want to convert from your Mac to the site and drop on the area that says “Drag and Drop Documents Here to Upload.” Or click on the Select From Device button and browse your picture from your Mac to add.
  • Next, your uploaded picture appears in an editing section. Here you can make any changes that you’d wish to the photo before converting. Then click on Done.
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  • After that, a popup window appears; choose PDF under the Save Document As
  • Then you’ll be asked to log in to your pdfFiller account; if you don’t have one, you need to create one first. But if you are already logged into your account, skip this step.
  • Now a popup window will appear where you can rename the file (if you wish) and choose the location where you’d want to save it. After that, hit Save.

Method 2: How to turn a photo into a PDF on Mac using the Preview app


Preview is Mac’s native application for images and PDFs. If you want to view pictures or PDF files on your Mac, then you would use the Preview app by default. Though the main job of the Preview application is to work as an image and PDF viewer, it still has additional functions that make it a powerful photo and PDF editor. You can convert your pictures to a different image format or a PDF file using the Preview app. Similarly, you can turn a PDF file into an image format.


Here are the steps on how to convert a picture to PDF on Mac using the Preview app:

Save a photo as a PDF on Mac with the Preview app
  • Open the photo that you’d want to turn into a PDF using the Preview
  • Next, select File from the top-left menu bar.
  • Then select Export as PDF from the options.
  • After that, on the popup window, modify the name of the file (if you want) and select a destination. Finally, click on Save.

Method 3: How to turn a photo into a PDF on Mac by using a third-party PDF application


After converting your picture into a PDF, you might want to edit, merge, or manage your PDF files. In that case, you should try using a third-party PDF manager application for your Mac. With pdfFiller, you can do all of that. This application is a complete PDF editor, converter, or manager for your Mac. Furthermore, it has an online version, so you don’t even need to download the application.


Nonetheless, it has an impressive array of features that provides a complete PDF solution. Although it is a subscription-based application, it has a 30-day free trial. You can now taste everything this application offers before selecting a premium plan.


Step-by-step guide on how to convert an image to PDF on Mac using pdfFiller:

Convert a picture to PDF on Mac using pdfFiller application
  • Install and launch the pdfFiller application on your Mac.
  • Then use your email address to log into your account (if you haven’t already).
  • Next, click on the Plus + button to import pictures and select Your Computer.
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  • After that, choose the image from your Mac that you’d want to convert and hit Open.
  • Next, an editing page appears where you can make any necessary changes to your picture. Then click on Done.
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  • Once you have done that, your now “edited” photo appears under the documents section of the app.
  • Now click on the More options (three dots) icon beside the image that you have added.
  • Then select Save As from the options and choose PDF from a list of available file formats.
  • Afterward, click on Save and choose the location on your Mac where you want to keep this file. And finally, hit Save

Concluding remarks


This detailed article teaches you how to turn a photo into a PDF on Mac. If your objective is to edit your file(s) while converting it, then we recommend you try the pdfFiller application. However, if you just want to turn your picture into a PDF file and nothing else, then you could use your Mac’s native Preview app.


Furthermore, we have also covered how to turn a picture into a PDF on iPhone in one of our articles. Similarly, we have also put together a list of the best apps to convert pictures to pdf on your iPhone and the best PDF Editor apps for Mac.

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