The ability to create a PDF presentation is actually not entirely new to Photoshop CS6. This feature was included in previous versions, but had been removed. And now it's back. So, we can create PDF presentations very easily from directly within Photoshop. You can open existing images if you'd like, but you can also use the Folder as the basis of a presentation and that's the option I'm going to take advantage of here. So, I'll go to File > Automate > PDF Presentation. That will bring up the PDF Presentation dialog, where we can specify which images and settings we'd like to use to create our PDF presentation.
If you've opened existing images, you can simply turn on the add open files checkbox, but I have not opened any photos yet. So, I'll go ahead and click the browse button and then navigate to a folder that contains the images I'd like to use. I'll go ahead in this case and select all of the images in this folder and click, Open. And those photos are added to the list of images to be included in the presentation. I'll go ahead and create an actual presentation. And this is essentially just a PDF document, but one that will automatically go into full screen mode and that can advance automatically.
I can then specify the background color. I'll switch this to black, for example. And I can also include some additional details. I'm just going to include the XIF info, that will include the shutter speed and aperture, for example, for each of the photos in the presentation. I'm going to increase the font size for that, though, up to 16, just to make it a little bit easier to read. I'll go ahead and take advantage of the Auto-Advance option so the images will advance every five seconds. I'll leave the Loop option turned off, so that the slide show will just play once. And I'll leave the Transition options set to None.
There are a variety of effects you can choose from here but generally I like to keep it simple with my PDF presentations. With those options set, all you need to do is click the Save button. You'll be prompted to save your PDF document. I'll just save mine with the name Market on the desktop. I'll click Save and you can see we have a series of PDF options that we can utilize. Generally speaking, you'll either want a really good quality PDF document or a small document that you can email relatively easily. So, generally, I would use one of the presets, either high quality print or smallest file size. But after choosing one of those presets, you can go through the various options, using the list on the left.
So, there are the General Settings, that relate to how the General Document is prepared. For example, I can turn on the option to view that PDF, after saving. I'll then take a look at the Compression section. And here we can determine the overall quality of the images. You can see the images are being down sampled to a relatively low pixel per inch size. And also that JPEG compression is being applied with a low quality. I'll go ahead and change this to medium for these images. And in the Output section, we can convert to a destination space, in this case SRGB.
And that is a setting I recommend for PDF presentations, just because it will usually help ensure that the colors are rendered with good saturation. I also recommend including that destination profile so that when applicable, those values will be used accurately to present your colors. Generally speaking, there's no need to use security for a PDF presentation like this, but you can password protect the document if you'd like to. And then you can also view a summary of all of the settings. But once you have the settings established as you'd like them you can simply click the Save PDF option. Photoshop will then process your photos and create a PDF document for you. And you can then email that PDF document to others, for example. So, here you can see my PDF presentation has opened up in the full screen mode. And we can see each of the images advancing with some basic exposure information included down below.
So, a very simple process of taking a series of images and creating a PDF presentation that you can very easily email to others, for example. I think a great way to share images and I'm happy to see this feature back in Photoshop CS6.
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