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Use action wizard to import layers for multiple pages

New Here ,
Jun 25, 2019 Jun 25, 2019

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I have about 20 4-page PDFs that I want to add the same layers to. It seems like I should be able to use the Action Wizard import layer tool, but I can't specify which page I'd like the layers applied to in the Specify Settings dialogue. Am I missing something? Is there a work-around?

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Jul 01, 2019 Jul 01, 2019

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Hi,

I am not sure the layers are page-specific but I think a layer applies to the whole document.

Please always include in your query the version of Acrobat and the operating system you are using.

Also, consider including screenshots to help us understand better your question and send you the correct answer quicker.

You can use an application like https://www.screentogif.com/ to insert animated screenshots.

Is it possible to create the layers in your source (original) document? Please describe your production process.

More towards the bottom of this page PDF layers, Adobe Acrobat

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Jul 01, 2019 Jul 01, 2019

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Layers are page specific.

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Jul 03, 2019 Jul 03, 2019

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I ended up getting help from Adobe Customer Support, who counseled me to use Watermarks. Using Watermarks allowed me to specify the page or page range for each image I wanted to add, apply it to all the relevant pages in multiple documents with a single command, and specify the exact location of the image on each page. I hope this helps someone else in the future!

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May 31, 2021 May 31, 2021

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Hi. Can you please explain how to add the page range?

When I use watermarks for a 1000 page document (and load another very similar pdf with the same number of pages) the popup window doesn't allow to insert the range (i.e. "1-1000") and picks only the first page to superimpose to all the pages. 

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May 31, 2021 May 31, 2021

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You can only select a page range in the target document, not in the one you're using as the watermark.

If you want to apply a different page from the watermark document to each page of the target document you would need to use a script.

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Jan 30, 2023 Jan 30, 2023

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OUCH adobe. 

 

they are making this hard.  Good luck adding a watermark or background layer to a 100 page document

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