How to export layers into multi-page PDF?

Community Beginner ,
Mar 29, 2011 Mar 29, 2011

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Hi there,

after looking around a bit, it seems there is still not a very direct solution to export multiple layers into multi-page PDFs. As I have a couple of dozen layers, the "artwork" solution does not seem to be the right one in my case.

Anybody has a suggestion, tipp, how this can be done? A script?

Thanks for any hints!

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LEGEND , Mar 29, 2011 Mar 29, 2011
Make as many artboards as you have layers.select the art on a layer easiest way is to use the layers panel.Command C to copyrefocus on the artboard with the same number as the layer or if the layers have names, name the artboards accordingly and select to match that way.then command shift V to place in place the art will be pasted in the same position on the artboard as it was on artboard one or relative to the original.when you have all the artboards with their content in place save it as a pdf...

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LEGEND ,
Mar 29, 2011 Mar 29, 2011

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Make as many artboards as you have layers.

select the art on a layer easiest way is to use the layers panel.

Command C to copy

refocus on the artboard with the same number as the layer or if the layers have names, name the artboards accordingly and select to match that way.

then command shift V to place in place the art will be pasted in the same position on the artboard as it was on artboard one or relative to the original.

when you have all the artboards with their content in place save it as a pdf. using the use artboard feature select all or a range

and now you have a multipage pdf.

yes I know this not what you want but in the future just remember this is how it works and be prepared to have an artboard for each layer.

And it is not that much work to do this.

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Mar 30, 2011 Mar 30, 2011

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This works, but it makes you have to rethink your work flow. It seems like Adobe could think of something simpler.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 30, 2011 Mar 30, 2011

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I find that the disadvantage with this approach lies in the fact that if I have objects in different layers which are on some pages at the same spot (x,y coordinates), I can't verify it that easily.

I mean, it really shouldn't be such a big problem to write a script which exports each (primary) layer into a separate PDF page... no? Don't know much about Javascript. Have done it with PHP though...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 30, 2011 Mar 30, 2011

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Mark wrote a script to save each layer to a separate PFD file

http://forums.adobe.com/message/2638428

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 30, 2011 Mar 30, 2011

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Very, very nice. Exactly what I wanted (and what I would have expected Adobe to provide me with). Great! Thanks a lot!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 31, 2011 Mar 31, 2011

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you're welcome, and thanks to Mark for writing it.

I just noticed I wrote PFD (Prepared For Dye) instead of PDF, oh well.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 30, 2011 Mar 30, 2011

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bleusky wrote:

This works, but it makes you have to rethink your work flow. It seems like Adobe could think of something simpler.

They did. it’s called multiple artboards.

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Engaged ,
Apr 01, 2018 Apr 01, 2018

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I can't believe this is the right answer- surely a simple script exists to do this chore?

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New Here ,
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Bring your multilayered file into InDesign, After placing image on a page > make a duplicate > Right click on image > and select manage layers. Voila! 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 29, 2016 Feb 29, 2016

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creather, fab solution, thanks. If you have Indesign then this is the answer. Just a note for others, and for clarity, "After placing image on a page > make a PAGE duplicate > Right click on image > and select manage layers.

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New Here ,
Jun 25, 2018 Jun 25, 2018

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This might help..File > Scripts> SaveDocs as PDF

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