Join Chris Converse for an in-depth discussion in this video Exporting layer comps to a multipage PDF, part of Design the Web: Layer Comps.
Now, if you're using Photoshop CS2, 3, or 6, you can go right to a multipage PDF file directly from Photoshop. If you're using CS4, 5, or 5.5, you can use the process we looked at in the last video, using Acrobat to create a multipage PDF file from a JPEG export. So from Photoshop CS6, let's come up to the File menu, let's come down and choose Scripts, and let's choose Layer Comps to PDF. From this dialog box, I'll choose Browse. Let's choose a Name, myDesign, leave it on the desktop, click Save. In this dialogue box, we also have the option to save only selected layer comps, I'll leave this unchecked.
Under Slideshow Options, we have the ability to have the PDF file go into full-screen view and automatically advance through the pages after a certain amount of time. I'm going to uncheck this--I don't want that to happen--and then I'll choose Run. So we're going to see a process similar to what we saw in the last video, where Photoshop will go through and activate each of the layer comps, but it'll do an additional step where it will take each JPEG file, put them into a multipage PDF, and then give us a PDF of all of the different pages based on our Layer Comps panel.
Once it's done, Photoshop will give us a dialog box letting us know that's complete. We'll click OK. Now, in the desktop, we can see the new file called myDesign.PDF. I'll double-click this to open it up in Acrobat. Now, even though we've disabled the slideshow, Acrobat will still want to open in full-screen mode. We're going to come down here and click No. I'm going to hit Command+D or Ctrl+D to bring up the open preferences. Let's come under Initial View inside of Acrobat and let's uncheck the Open in Full Screen mode, then click OK. Now, we can save our files, send it to our clients, and they will not be prompted for opening the PDF in full-screen view.
So now that we've looked at two options for exporting files directly from Photoshop, next, we'll look at how we can use InDesign to access layer comps inside of a Photoshop file.
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