How to convert PSD file to PDF for free online easily

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PSD and PDF are two types of documents that we see very often on the internet these days. But, even if we know them by name and have used them, it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly what each one is for. In this article we will teach you what PSD and PDF files are and how to convert PSD file to PDF for free online.

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PSD is a type of graphic file. Its name actually comes from the acronym of  PhotoShop Document. As the name suggests, this is a file type used primarily with the program Adobe Photoshop. However, they can also be used on Android devices.

If you don't know what Adobe Photoshop is and what it is for, we will tell you what is known as the "Raster Graphics Editor". It is a program that allows you to create and edit images, to save them in a raster graphics format, such as JPG, PNG o  Gif.

The main feature that separates Photoshop from other similar programs like Microsoft Paint is the support for levels. When you create or edit an image in Paint, everything you do is saved on a single layer, which is the image itself. But when you create or edit an image in PhotoShop, you can work on different layers.

This means you can have one layer with a design, another layer with colors, and another layer with details. Or as many artists do in the digital world: you can have a layer for the background of the drawing, a layer for what is in front and another for the details; and you can also copy and paste these layers into other files.

But raster files like JPG or PNG don't save layers, they just save the whole image then Photoshop needs a file type that supports layers, to be able to save the information in each layer, instead of an image as such.

This is the  file PSD. It is basically a image file, but supports each level separately. However, the PSD file is only used with PhotoShop and some compatible programs.

Therefore, when viewing an image, you will not be able to see it if it is a PSD file. Therefore, when you finish a drawing, presentation or document in photo shop; you need to export or convert it to a file that others can easily view.


PDF files support text, images, and sometimes even code. But if there's anything they don't support, it's levels. The name PDF comes from the acronym Portable Document Format.

As the name suggests, it is made to be portable. Almost any device can open and even edit PDF files in one way or another, so the best way to send presentations, documents, and even drawings is in PDF.

How to convert a PSD file to PDF and vice versa

If you've logged in here, chances are you already know what each file is, but you're not sure how they are handled. If you are a Photoshop user, all you need to do to convert your project to PDF is  use the export button within Photoshop.

You have to open your project, select the "file" menu in the top bar, go to "export", then "Export as ..." There you will have several options to select. Among them are JPG, TIFF and PDF. 

How to convert the file online

If you don't have Photoshop, but you need to read a PSD file, it is best to convert it using a free online converter.  This is also suitable for you if you have Photoshop and want to use it to edit a PDF

There are many services that can convert your file for free; what we recommend in this article is Convertio. To convert your PSD with  Convertio, all you need to do is:

  1. Upload the file on the page (Don't worry, nobody but you can see it) by clicking on "select files"
  2. Choose the input and output file types
  3. Awards convert
  4.  Download the file converted.

And that's it, you can take your file anywhere and open it with any PDF reader, such as  Adobe Acrobat, Nitro o Foxit Reader. The same instructions are for doing the reverse, converting a PDF to PSD for editing with Photoshop. If you need character recognition, Convertio also offers this service for free, but only for a maximum of 10 pages.

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