How to Add a Photo to a Printable

A common question I get asked is "How do I add a photo to my printable?" So I've made it super easy for you with step-by-step instructions, including screen shots to help explain each step.

You may have many questions about how to use and edit your printable, and I'll be addressing those frequently asked questions in upcoming articles to help you get the most from a printable by Tumbleweed Press.

Adding a photo to a printable, will of course, only apply to a printable that is editable and includes image boxes. You can check the product listing which will state that the style of a printable is either:

Editable (meaning that you can add your own text and/or images as applicable)
Fill-In Style (which is NOT editable, designed to be printed and all details handwritten on).

An example of an editable printable that you would wish to add a photo to, would be a recipe page (from my Recipe Binder Kit) that includes a space for the recipe photo.

Step 1

Open the PDF printable in Adobe Acrobat Reader, this free software is the industry standard for reading and editing PDFs. Ensure you are working on a computer not a tablet or mobile device.

 
 How to Add a Photo to a Printable. Step-by-step instructions by TumbleweedPress.Co
 

Step 2

Move your cursor over the image box, you'll notice as you do this, that it changes to a 'hand'. This shows you that you can import an image here. If you do not see a hand, then you cannot add an image.

 
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Sometimes (but not always) there may be an image icon, in an image box. This icon will not print, it is simply to indicate that an image can be placed here.

 
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Step 3

Click on the image box, this brings up the 'Select Image' pop-up. Click 'Browse' to find a photo on your computer that you wish to add to the printable.

 
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Step 4

Once you have found your image, click 'Select' and your image will now appear inside the image box on the printable.

There you have it, you have now added a photo to the printable. Yay!
Be sure to 'Save As' a copy of the printable to keep all the edits you have made.

 
 How to Add a Photo to a Printable. Step-by-step instructions by TumbleweedPress.Co
 

Troubleshooting

 

My cursor does not change to a hand and nothing happens if I click on the PDF?

This printable may not be editable or there is no image box on this PDF and therefore you cannot add a photo.

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I can't select the photo on my computer?

You can only add JPG or PNG images to my printables. Re-save your photo as a JPG and then import it again.

My photo does not fill the image box and I have white space around it?

For the photo to completely fill the image box, it needs to be the same format as the box.

For example, if the image box is square, you need to add a square image. If the image box is a horizontal rectangle, then you need to add a horizontal photo etc.

Resize your photo in Photoshop or a free online service like PicMonkey to ensure that it is the correct format.

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