How do I save a scanned document as a PDF?

Scan the document or picture into your computer. After the file has been saved to your computer use a free program such as CuteFTP or PrimoPDF that allows you to create a PDF of any file that you can print, including scanned images. Download either of these programs to your computer.

Creating a PDF as a print jobAfter downloading and installing one of these onto your computer open the image in any image editor or viewer and print the file. When the print window opens, as shown in the picture, instead of selecting your computer printer, select either CuteFTP or PrimoPDF as your printer and click Ok. This will send that image to a .PDF file instead of your printer.

Tip: When scanning a document, by default that scanned image will be saved as an image. You have the option to save the file as a .TIFF or .JPG. We recommend a .JPG since more programs are capable of opening this image format.

Tip: When opening the image or scanned document, it must be opened in a program that allows you to print the file. When looking at the files through My Computer do not preview the image, open the image in an Image Editor such as mspaint.

Additional information

  • See the PDF definition for further information about PDF files, questions and answers, and related links.