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I am trying to make a contact sheet from a multi page PDF. The output doesn't have to be a contact sheet per se. I am only looking for an automated way to place all of the pages from a PDF into a single document like a contact sheet.

My only thought would be to export all of the pages into their own document.

What I have tried

  • I have tried Photoshop Automate Contact Sheet
  • I have also tried Adobe Bridge Output Workspace

What happens when I do one of the above

It makes the contact sheet but is only placing the first page from the multi page PDF.

Question

How can I place multiple pages from 1 PDF file into a 1 page document like a contact sheet?

  • Your idea of exporting the pages from the PDF document and then creating the contact sheet makes sense to me. – user45605 Sep 1 '15 at 15:16
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Imagemagick's montage command automatically handles pdf pages as separate images and outputs a grid. The following command outputs a grid of images that are:

  1. On a black background
  2. Opened at 600 pixels on their largest dimension (twice the target size)
  3. Auto-resized to 300 pixels on their largest dimension (target size for each tile)
  4. With a 3 pixel padding.

    montage \
    -background '#000000' \
    -define pdf:fit-page=600x00 \
    -resize 300x300 \
    -geometry +3+3 \
    inputFilename.pdf \
    outputFilename.jpg
    
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I have kind of lost track on whether Adobe continues to bundle a PDF printer driver, but if you have a PDF printer driver, you can simply use Acrobat to print multiple pages per sheet.

In the print dialog, you will see this option in the drop-down under page scaling. Once selected, you will have options to configure the rows, columns, and order pages vertical/horizontal.

You can then print to the PDF printer wrapper to create a new PDF file or send it to an actual printer.

  • Yes distiller is still in the bundles. – joojaa Sep 1 '15 at 15:43
  • did they pull it from mac os at one point in the recent past? – Yorik Sep 1 '15 at 15:45
  • It only comes with a bundle with acrobat PRO DC, you can also directly do this in acrobat pro. Seems to be on school mac's cant be sure though. – joojaa Sep 1 '15 at 15:46

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