Easy Guide: Add Image to PDF in Mac Preview


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Many times, our work is slowed down due to the challenges we face while editing PDF files. Scores of people still use the traditional way of redoing from scratch while editing PDFs. Mac Systems have a default software known as "Preview" that allows you to view images and add image to PDF Preview. The Preview software also has the ability to edit PDFs and images. It can crop, fit, encrypt, or resize a PDF. You can use Mac Preview to add a file to a document. PDFelement (or PDFelement for Mac) is a great alternative to Preview, it has powerful features when it comes to PDF editing; features like OCR, annotate, and many more that will improve your PDF documents and make you create stunning PDFs. Both PDFelement and Mac Preview allows you to add image to PDF document and this article gives a step-by-step guide on how to do this in both programs.

Part 1. How to Add Image to PDF on Mac Preview

As mentioned, Preview is the default app for viewing documents i.e., PDF files and images such as JPG and PNG for Mac users. The primary purpose of Mac Preview is to view documents though it has great editing features like PDF editing. Mac Preview is free and easy to use and has an inbuilt Mac app and you don't need to go through the installation process to use Preview if you are a Mac user. You can add image to PDF Preview by following the steps below:

Step 1: To launch Mac Preview, click on "Open" and choose the PDF file you want to add image to and upload a PDF document.

open pdf in preview

Step 2: To add an image to PDF Preview, click "Edit"> "Insert"> "Page from File", then choose the image you want to add to the PDF. You will be led to a file directory window. Choose the image you want and follow the instructions to add the image to your PDF.

Step 3: The final step is to save and export to your computer the PDF document that you have added the image to and select the file format of the image to PDF.

save pdf in preview

Part 2. Add Image to PDF on PDFelement: A Great Alternative to Mac Preview

PDFelement is an advanced PDF editor for Windows and Mac operating systems. It has advanced features that make it simple and easy for you to edit your PDF files. PDFelement allows you to encrypt, convert, combine, split, merge your PDFs. PDFelement edits quickly and accurately. It supports multiple file formats be it images or documents. The platform is simple to use and does not require any training. PDFelement is a great alternative to Preview and one you should try out especially if you are a regular PDF user.

1. Why Choose PDFelement

Highlight features:

  • PDFelement enables you to add images to your PDF document easily and supports even big size images with more Gigabytes. When adding large files to PDFelement for editing you will still be able to enjoy the same speed as it does not affect the performance of the program.
  • PDFelement has OCR-plugin which allows you to turn scanned PDF documents into editable, selectable, and searchable files. PDFelement ensures you don't retype the content in the scanned document from scratch, it instead converts your document into your preferred file format be it Word, Excel, or PowerPoint for editing
  • PDFelement allows interactive editing of PDF files which means you can directly edit texts in your PDF file. You can capture the attention of your readers by highlighting texts in the PDF document and make changes in the texts.
  • PDFelement allows you to add image signatures to your PDF document. Image signatures are recognized nowadays as legit and therefore by using PDFelement, you save on time as you can sign your document anywhere and at any given time and send it to your clients.

2. Tips on How to Add Image to PDF on PDFelement

Follow the step-by-step guide below to add image to PDF:

Step 1: To launch PDFelement click "Open File" and proceed and choose your PDF file you want to add an image to. Alternatively, you can use the drag and drop option in PDFelement Pro.

launch program

Step 2: Select "Add Image" and click where you want to add the image on your PDF and select the image from your computer to add to your PDF file.

add image to pdf

Step 3: After adding the image into your PDF file, you can rotate, crop, resize or fit according to the way you want it to appear. Then proceed to save and export it to your computer as shown above.

save pdf


To sum up, this article has explored the steps to follow to add image to PDF Preview and PDFelement. PDFelement is a fantastic PDF editor and Mac Preview has great features too, but if you want more advanced features that will serve your professional PDF editing needs you should try PDFelement (or PDFelement for Mac). You can create your PDF forms in PDFelement, OCR feature makes it possible to convert scanned documents into editable file formats. PDFelement has a batch process feature that allows multiple file conversion. If you are dealing with sensitive documents that require confidentiality PDFelement is a great tool that allows you to encrypt your document with a password to restrict access.


Ivan Cook

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