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Export InDesign thumbnails to PDF

Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021

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I'm trying to export my InDesign file as thumbnails so I can paint the entire sheet of thumbnails at once in photoshop. I can print the thumbnails and I can export the full size files as a pdf - but not the thumbnail array. I would have thought I could just save the PDF from the print dialog box, like I would from any other program, but I'm getting an error message saying that's not supported. Is there some other way to do this? Thanks! 

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Adobe Community Professional , May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021
Save as Postscript instead, then open that in Acrobat... that will open Distiller and create a PDF the way you want.There are other ways, but this might be all you need for your purposes.

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Adobe Employee , May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021
Hi there,  Thanks for reaching out. Screenshot you shared shows that your system doesn't have PDF printer. You need to select one of these options to Print PDF.                                Could you please confirm which operating system is this?  Regards, Srishti

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021

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Save as Postscript instead, then open that in Acrobat... that will open Distiller and create a PDF the way you want.

There are other ways, but this might be all you need for your purposes.

 

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May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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That worked - thanks!

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Adobe Employee ,
May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021

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Hi there, 

 

Thanks for reaching out. Screenshot you shared shows that your system doesn't have PDF printer. You need to select one of these options to Print PDF.

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Could you please confirm which operating system is this? 

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021

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Thanks! I have IOs 11.2.1 How can I enable the PDF printer? I can print to PDF in other applications.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021

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You should be able to do this without that. Even without a printer installed, in the Print dialog, where you tried to Print to PDF before and got the error, you should see Save as Postscript. Take the resulting file and Distill it into a PDF (as I said, the easiest way to invoke this is to simply drag the file onto your Acrobat icon). You will be given a "trust" question and then it should generate the PDF.

 

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