How to insert image into PDF file

Yesterday, I’ve been asked a question about how to insert an image into PDF file with Adobe Acrobat installed? Well, it came out that it’s not as straightforward as it supposes to be. Anyway, here we go.

Open the file you want image to be inserted to and go to Tools -> Advanced Editing -> Button Tool:

Place the cursor where you want to insert the image and drag to select the area:

Under Button Properties go to Appearance tab and choose No Color for Fill Color option:

Now go to Options tab, choose Icon only from Layout drop-down menu and click on Choose Icon… button:



Select the image you want to insert and click on OK when done:

Voilà. Weird, for the product which costs 600 bucks per license I would expect to have more obvious solution rather than some tricky, not so easy to find, workaround…

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8 Responses to “How to insert image into PDF file”

  1. Bridget Watson says:

    This works EXCEPT the image has a red line around it and “Button1” in the middle. I did exactly what was written above (both “border color” and “fill color” had a “No color” selected and a red line across each box.
    Can you help me get rid of the red line and “Button1” please?

  2. Carlos says:

    Have you tried creating a .doc or .docx document and printing to pdf?
    It works the same :)
    (youll be able to print to pdf if you have adobe reader installed i guess that any pdf editor should work)

  3. r00t says:

    Bridget, I cannot reproduce this — tried both with version 8 and 9. What version of Adobe you’re using? Did you try to follow instructions, save the file and close it. Do you still see a red line and Button1 after reopening?

  4. r00t says:

    Carlos, it’s different. Printing to PDF would definitely work but what if you don’t have the file in doc/docx format?

  5. Iro says:

    Placing an Image on a PDF Page
    Acrobat can place following image types directly on a page:

    JPEG (.jpg)
    Bitmap (.bmp)
    GIF (.gif)
    TIFF (.tif)
    PCX (.pcx)
    PING (.png)
    Follow these steps to import and place an image on a PDF:

    Open the PDF file on which you want to place the image
    Choose Tools—>Advanced Editing—>Touchup Object Tool
    Right-click and choose Place Image…

    A standard file dialog will appear:

    Select an image file and click Open
    Adjusting the Appearance of the Imported Image
    Acrobat allows you to make a number of changes to the image once it is placed.

    When the Touchup Object tool is active (Tools—>Advanced Editing—>Touchup Object Tool), right-click to see the following options for your placed image:

    Selecting an Image

    Click once with the Advanced Editing Tool to select an image.

    If multiple images and objects are nearby, it can be a challenge to select the right one.

    Control-Shift-Click (Option-Shift-click on the Mac) to cycle through the stacking order of images.

    Moving an Image

    With the placed image selected, click and drag.
    Your cursor will change to this:

    To scale an image

    Move the cursor over the corner point (handle) of the image.
    Note: You need to be exactly on top of the corner point, so mouse carefully!
    The cursor will change:

    Click and hold the mouse button to scale the image.
    Cropping an Image

    One possibly confusing aspect of working with images in Acrobat is that notion of Clipping Region. A clipping region acts as a mask and is the mechanism Acrobat uses to crop images.

    You can Set a Clipping Region to crop an image, or Delete the clipping region to uncrop the image.

    If you try to crop an image that already has a Clipping Region, Acrobat will ask you to delete the existing one.

    To crop an image:

    Right-click on the image and choose Set Clip
    Your cursor will change to:
    Move exactly over a handle (corner point) of the image and the Crop Tool will appear:

    Move the cursor to crop the image.
    Rotating an Image

    If you right-click on an image, you’ll find a number of built-in options such as Flip Horizontal, and Rotate Clockwise.

    To freely rotate an image:

    Right-click on the image and choose Rotate Selection
    Move exactly over a handle (corner point) of the image and the Scale Tool will appear:

    Move the cursor to rotate the image.
    Final Thoughts
    The Touchup Object tool can also be used to delete or move text and vector objects in the file, so you may need to be a bit careful when using it.

    To use some of the tools—such as cropping or rotating—you have to be very accurate in the cursor placement.

    Acrobat is not intended to be a page layout or drawing program. Notably, there is not Bring Forward or Send Backward capability. If you select an object with the Touchup Object tool and choose Cut it to the clipboard, you can paste it in front of other objects on the page.

    If you have an object selected, and Paste or choose Place Image, the selected object will be replaced.

  6. r00t says:

    Excellent. Thanks a lot!

  7. izz says:

    Is it possible to add an image which moves the flow of the text? or would i have to manually move the text in every place that I wish to add an image?

  8. Tracy says:

    Very simple!

    with your Edit Object Tool, right click>Place Image.

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