How Can I Create a Professional PDF?

by im1217
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I have searched on here about how to create a professional PDF. Most people say use Word and convert to PDF. However, Word is not a design program. I could hire someone, but I want an editable PDF.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    I use Open Office for creating PDFs.
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  • Profile picture of the author WarriorWasim
    If you use Adobe Creative Cloud then you can use Adobe Acrobat Editor. I've also heard about Foxit PDF Editor. Give it a try. Thanks :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author fulfilledlife
    To create really good looking PDFs you will have to use multiple applications. I doubt there one single application that can do it all.

    My personal flow to create PDFs is to use Photoshop to create page backgrounds, layouts, and elements. Then import all of it into InDesign master pages and craft the PDF itself.
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  • Profile picture of the author gregdavidson727
    Open Office is the best free software in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karomaz
    If you are not a designer I would recomment you to hire a designer from fiverr
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Hartley
    Have you heard of Printfriendly.com? That's what I use to create a PDF. Just enter the URL of page you want converted into PDF then download it. So easy even I can do it! Lol!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Clearly a lot of people make it harder than it needs to be - or maybe they are perfectionists. Open Office - simple, free.
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  • Profile picture of the author gvidass
    I personally use Indesign, Photoshop and if I have to work with vector files sometimes even Illustrator. Since I used to work as a graphic designer I'm used to these programs and it's kinda easy for me.

    But probably I would recommend Open Office, just like many others in here. it's simple it's easy to use and you can get pretty good results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tesslady
    You can check out Open Office. You can get professional and great-looking PDFs with it. Plus, it's free!
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  • Profile picture of the author plrdealsdotcom
    Recommend you use Power Point. If you are pro designer you can use photoshop...

    But PowerPoint is so powerful and simple!
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Its simple man Openoffice or word .Its impoortnat what text you write in it not how you create it as it can be created easy
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  • Profile picture of the author Successtoyou
    I use Foxit Advanced PDF editor.
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  • Profile picture of the author ExcelExpert
    Depending on what you are doing PowerPoint can make a good alternative. It will allow you to quickly lay something out and to export it as a PDF. I have used to quickly layout books and leaflet type stuff.

    Its obviously no good if you want to be any more artistic than that
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnsonAdam
    I often see my friends using photoshop and export to PDF file. You can GG and try it
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  • Profile picture of the author Happerz
    Originally Posted by im1217 View Post

    I have searched on here about how to create a professional PDF. Most people say use Word and convert to PDF. However, Word is not a design program. I could hire someone, but I want an editable PDF.
    Well, 1st, a professional is defined as someone who makes money at what they do. So for the definition of your question any PDF you create which makes money is a professional PDF.

    Why do you have to have a bunch of fancy design?

    Look at all of the most famous books in your bookstore on a majority of topics.

    Virtually all of them just have a table of contents, text, and the book.

    They have page numbers on top, but if you can't figure out how to add those by clicking the page number button you might be the dumbest person on the planet.

    Basically, I guess this is my question:

    Who are you trying to impress and convince your good enough?

    Why do you feel like your content alone can't stand on its own, and you need to hire someone to throw in glitz and glamour to cover up the fact that something looks like crap.

    I'm saying this because most of the greatest books written in history were just written as plain text with page numbers, so I'm assuming of your sold session with trying to put on visuals and show, you're trying to compensate for the fact your content sucks.

    If I'm wrong I apologize, but if you're trying to create something successful, And you're not looking at virtually every successful book throughout history, you're headed in the wrong direction
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      You seem to be functioning at a higher level.

      If you have not established yourself as the go-to person or if your copy skills are not high and your pdf is thrown in together with a bunch of other pdfs, looks is all you've got left in your efforts to stand out.

      Also, in some niches, people expect good-looks, even from the go-to person.

      I don't know why the OP wants good-looks/professional, might only be because he/she/it/they are going to upload the pdf to a bunch of pdf directories, or have it as an upsell, maybe the main product.

      A professional look will not hurt... might not be enough to get the sale, but will not hurt, so why not?

      By the way, I agree with you. I create ugly sites that make money for local business owners. They never cease complaining about the looks... Even the ones that never had a sale online and now they're business has an additional 20-25% revenue for less than what it costs them offline...

      Human nature: pretty must mean healthy, healthy means lots of kids, lots of kids means someone'll farm the land, go hunting when you no longer can so you don't starve to death just because you're old.

      Originally Posted by Happerz View Post



      Well, 1st, a professional is defined as someone who makes money at what they do. So for the definition of your question any PDF you create which makes money is a professional PDF.

      Why do you have to have a bunch of fancy design?

      Look at all of the most famous books in your bookstore on a majority of topics.

      Virtually all of them just have a table of contents, text, and the book.

      They have page numbers on top, but if you can't figure out how to add those by clicking the page number button you might be the dumbest person on the planet.

      Basically, I guess this is my question:

      Who are you trying to impress and convince your good enough?

      Why do you feel like your content alone can't stand on its own, and you need to hire someone to throw in glitz and glamour to cover up the fact that something looks like crap.

      I'm saying this because most of the greatest books written in history were just written as plain text with page numbers, so I'm assuming of your sold session with trying to put on visuals and show, you're trying to compensate for the fact your content sucks.

      If I'm wrong I apologize, but if you're trying to create something successful, And you're not looking at virtually every successful book throughout history, you're headed in the wrong direction
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  • A while ago I used the free trial period with Adobe to edit a professionally made PDF. Then my free trial ended and I am not willing to pay their prices, which also require you to pay for a year up front. I was not able to find anything else that could even come close to enabling me to properly edit the document, however.

    Would OpenOffice or something else free be able to do that as easily and effectively as with Adobe? Even Adobe had some difficult aspects in terms of how it worked, but it still enabled me to do enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author DGabeNJ
    Another vote for Open Office here as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author abhishek singh
    You can find online PDF generation sites that allow you to create PDF document easily. Or you can create a Word Document and convert it in PDF document.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnmuck123
    Most of the time I use Adobe Illustrator to design the page. Then use the adobe acrobat reader/ Editor to make Editable PDF. In this case you must need to know how to use these application. On the other hand, if you do not know how to use these apps, you can hire a freelancer from any Freelancing Market place. Most of the time I use the Upwork/ Fiverr. You can use the site, which is more easy to you. Thanks for your interest. Best of luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Retra
    I use the Adobe products, primarily indesign and photoshop. I operate a magazine, so those ended up being my primary tools.

    However, I have a friend who used to run a small magazine and she used Microsoft publisher to design and publish her magazine. I'll admit, I've never really spent any time with publisher, so I don't know how powerful it is, but if you have the office suite, it might be worth playing around with.

    I started out using Adobe and never bothered trying some of the other things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I use https://www.lucidpress.com

    It's awesome design software.
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  • Profile picture of the author aligouda
    Scribus is an open source/free GUI based desktop publishing application. It is available for both Linux & Windows. Details at : Scribus.net. Download from here: Download - Scribus

    I think the most popular DTP software among professional authors is Adobe Framemaker. This is something you should try.

    Also you can explore few more softwares from a List of desktop publishing software

    The above might involve a bit of learning curve. Since my needs are simple, I am sticking to plain old MS Word
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  • Profile picture of the author Best Seller
    You can use Adobe Acrobat DC to produce an editable .PDF file. But I have a question for you: What are you using that .PDF for? If you're planning to sell an e-book information product, then .PDF is the last format you should use ... even if you've copyright protected it using digital rights management (DRM).

    Instead, have the .PDF converted to either a .MOBI (Kindle's format) or an .EPUB (Kobo's format) and sell it through these reputable e-commerce sites. That way, you'll be better protected from online piracy. When an e-book is sold through those sites, it can only be downloaded to one device by the one person who purchased it.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlamae
    I use Open Office and insert images that I create or modify on picmonkey.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Jones42
    best way to create pdf use ms office word and then convert in to pdf. it is best option.
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  • Profile picture of the author ActionToCash
    Ok - so I've self published two books on Amazon - which were created in PDF format. I even designed the covers. I've written ebooks offered on ClickBank, and made multiple guides. I've designed a really cool giant direct mail piece with 15 advertisers on it sent to 10,000 & 5,000 mailboxes. I've done all of this with primarily just one program that I haven't seen mentioned yet.

    The company is called 'Serif' ( PagePlus X9 - A Serif legacy application ), and their desktop publishing application is called 'PagePlus'. What's amazing to me is that I've heard of so few others using it, when the only thing better in my opinion (and farrrr more expensive) is Adobe Acrobat. This has to have most of the features used by Acrobat, and it's crazy inexpensive. Apparently they are working on a new software package to replace their legacy packages such as PagePlus, and I will probably buy it soon. I just simply can't say enough great things about this software package - it's teriffic!

    Interestingly, I also use OpenOffice for simple projects, but when you need something that can create nice looking graphics, with super professional looks, I'm telling you that I haven't felt left out for anything I need. I just haven't felt the need to jump on the Adobe bandwagon because I love the Serif software so much. There may be a few features Adobe has, but it's been very rare that I've found myself unable to complete a project because it lacks these few advanced features that my way old release of PagePlus has. It can even use the CMYK color options that are used for paper printing (instead of RGB etc that is used for digital coloration).

    Anyway, hands down - this is one of the best software packages I've ever used.

    Feel free to ask me any questions you may have - I don't work for their company etc...

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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Originally Posted by im1217 View Post

    I have searched on here about how to create a professional PDF. Most people say use Word and convert to PDF. However, Word is not a design program. I could hire someone, but I want an editable PDF.
    A 'PDF' is just the format of the document.

    Despite all the answers given, you'd need to elaborate as to what kind of content is going to be in your PDF.

    You can export PDFs from most word processors such as MS Word or Open Office, but they offer the bare bones features to present text with images.

    Professionally developed graphically intense documents (and well presented text doc) are made with advanced software such as Adobe Illustrator and / or Adobe Indesign.

    Don't flog yourself short if you need to present something professional. Roll with the times and learn the software if you need to. People much prefer looking at something nice,
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  • Profile picture of the author ziyapathan
    1.Convert Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to PDF. Create professional-looking PDFs from inside your Microsoft Office applications, and in other applications, too.
    2.Go from camera to PDF.
    3.Print to PDF.
    4.Convert HTML pages to PDF.
    5.Merge files into one PDF.
    6.Apply PDF passwords and permissions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Soykot Khan
    You can create a pdf using Ms word 2016 and adobe acrobat Pro.
    Advance Thanks!
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