How to Merge JPG Files into One PDF (Step-by-Step Guide)

Published on: September 1, 2022
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JPG (or JPEG) is one of the most popular image formats used to for pictures, images, and screenshots. Sometimes you'll need to share your images with other people. To save time and ,avoid the hassle of sending them one by one, you can combine all your JPG images into one PDF file, then send it all in a single file.

PDFs are useful because the contents of the file can be opened and viewed on almost any device. So you can be sure that the receiving party will be able to successfully open the images you send as a PDF.

But how do we actually merge multiple JPG files into one PDF?

Trying to merge or convert images can be tricky enough one their own, having to do both can be confusing. While sending your images individually may be too cumbersome, since sending individual JPG files as an email attachment can quickly take up all the space that you're allowed to email.

Fortunately, there are ways to convert and merge multiple JPG files into one PDF, in just a few clicks! We've gathered the best methods available today. Pick the best one for you, and lets get started.

What to Know Before You Start

You can use built-in tools, paid PDF editors, and even free online tools to merge JPGs to PDF.

  • On Windows & Mac, you can use built-in tools merge JPG files into one PDF, for free. Windows: highlight the images (press & hold [ctrl] to click and highlight multiple images) > right-click, then select Print. Set the Printer to Microsoft Print to PDF, then >Print
    Mac:
  • Built-in PDF editors will allow you to make edits and changes after
  • Online tools exist, but have their drawbacks.
  • Using a PDF editor to merge JPGs to PDF is recommended, since you can edit and change your PDF after creating it, until you're happy with the final product.

How to Merge JPG Files into One PDF with a PDF Editor (Recommended)

The easiest way to merge JPG files to PDF is by using a PDF editor. With a PDF editor, you can merge and convert JPG to PDF instantly, in just a few clicks.

We'll be using PDF Pro, our all-in-one PDF editor, merger, converter, and OCR tool, for this example because it's affordable and easy to use. But the steps should be similar in any other PDF editor you choose.

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  1. Launch PDF Pro.
  2. Create tab.
  3. Merge
  4. From file
  5. Add files
  6. Create

You now have a PDF! Since you're using a PDF editor, this is just the tip of the iceberg, and there's more you can do if you're interested in enhancing your new PDF file. You can edit your new PDF by cropping the images, compress the PDF to make it easier to send, or even extract the text from the images with OCR technology.

How to Merge JPG Files into One PDF with Adobe Acrobat DC

If you pay for Adobe Acrobat, you can use it to merge JPGs to one PDF. However, this feature is only available with Adobe Acrobat DC (which is quite expensive), and it won't work with Adobe Reader. Adobe Acrobat is known to be "overkill" with its feature design — meaning that there are so many complicated features, options, and popups, that make even simple tasks (like merging JPG files to PDF) more confusing than they need to be.

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Tools.
  3. Create PDF.
  4. Scanner.
  5. Specify the settings you want to use: Default Settings or My Custom Settings.
  6. Scan.
  7. OK.

How to Merge JPG Files into One PDF in Windows

Can use built-in tools already installed into Windows. Print to PDF is a kind of PDF "hack" that will help you merge JPG files into one PDF.

A few caveats:

Can't edit or reorder after. Limited editing or changing options after PDF is created.

Free though!

  1. Find the location of your JPG images.
  2. Highlight them all with your mouse hold [ctrl] to highlight multiple. Note: the order that you highlight these will determine their order in the final PDF file.
  3. Right-click.
  4. Print, from the context menu.
  5. Set the printer to Microsoft Print to PDF/
  6. Press Print.

How to Merge JPG images into One PDF with Preview (Mac)

Built-in to Mac. Free for you. Awesome tool.

  1. Find where your JPG images are located on your computer, and highlight all the ones you want to combine. (tip: hold the [ctrl] key on your keyboard to click and highlight multiple images).
  2. Press File.
  3. Print.
  4. In the Print dialog box: PDF drop down menu > Save as PDF.
  5. Rename the PDF, and choose a location to save it on your computer.
  6. Save.
  7. Print as a PDF

How to Save Multiple Images as one JPG

Sometimes rather than merging JPG files into a multi-page PDF, we want to merge the multiple images into a one single JPG image, which we can then Print-to-PDF as a one page PDF, if we wish.

There are a couple ways to achieve this. We featured two popular, common, and free methods.

PowerPoint

One of the fastest ways to save multiple images as one JPG is to create an image from a PowerPoint slide:

  1. Open PowerPoint
  2. Insert the images onto a single slide
  3. Select the slide and go to File ➙ Export
  4. Choose to save as JPEG

Google Slides (Free)

Google Slides is Google's free answer to Microsoft PowerPoint. If you've used PowerPoint, you'll feel right at home in Google Slides.

Free, but only available online.

  1. Launch Google Slides
  2. Insert images.
  3. Download as JPG.

Easily Merge Multiple Files into One PDF — in Just a Few Clicks!

If you need to merge, convert, work with different file formats on a regular basis, you're going to want to invest in a PDF editor that's powerful, easy to use, and won't bloat your system.

Adobe Acrobat is popular, but it can be confusing and difficult to use quickly and easily due to its many features, buttons, popups, etc. For a no-nonsense, intuitive PDF editor, we recommend PDF Pro: our all-in-one merger, converter, editor, and OCR document management tool.

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Arron StaradubDigital Marketing Specialist
Arron is a Digital Marketer at PDF Pro, where he writes helpful and engaging articles for those that that use PDFs in their daily life. He has a knack for explaining concepts in an easily understandable way. He also loves reading and drinking too much coffee.