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1 – Open the smart object

In the layers panel, you’ll notice that your PDF layer has a little symbol in the corner. That means it’s a smart object. Double-click that, and the PDF will open in a new document.

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Ever wonder how to add a PDF to a photo? It’s easier than you think! Show off your lead magnets, ebooks and any PDF by making a real-life mockup.
Ever wonder how to add a PDF to a photo? It’s easier than you think! Show off your lead magnets, ebooks and any PDF by making a real-life mockup.

2 – Open a new PDF

Open a new PDF in Photoshop, just like you did at the beginning. If you need to add a solid background, follow the steps to do that.

Ever wonder how to add a PDF to a photo? It’s easier than you think! Show off your lead magnets, ebooks and any PDF by making a real-life mockup.

3 – Drag the new PDF onto the old

Drag your new PDF over into the smart object document (the PDF that opened when you double-clicked the smart object). You’ll now have two layers – the new PDF and the old PDF. You can delete the old PDF layer.

Save the file. (Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+S or Cmd+S).

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Ever wonder how to add a PDF to a photo? It’s easier than you think! Show off your lead magnets, ebooks and any PDF by making a real-life mockup.

Meanwhile, back in your other document…

4 – Witness magic

You don’t know it yet, but you just pulled off a pretty sweet magic trick.

Go look at your original image. Your PDF has changed!

Ever wonder how to add a PDF to a photo? It’s easier than you think! Show off your lead magnets, ebooks and any PDF by making a real-life mockup.

It keeps all of your adjustments – the drop shadow, resizing, rotation – everything that you did from the moment you turned the PDF layer into a Smart Object is instantly applied to the new PDF!

I love Photoshop.

Congrats, you! Now you can add a PDF to a photo and turn it into a template so you can add a new PDF in seconds. Make a few of these templates, and you are well on your way to your very own graphic resource library – customized for your blog and brand!

Time to get designing – show off your awesome lead magnet and grow your email list! Oh, and I’d love to see what you make! #imaginedesignrepeat

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Congrats, you! Now you can add a PDF to a photo and turn it into a template so you can add a new PDF in seconds. Make a few of these templates, and you are well on your way to your very own graphic resource library – customized for your blog and brand!

Time to get designing – show off your awesome lead magnet and grow your email list! Oh, and I’d love to see what you make! #imaginedesignrepeat

Congrats, you! Now you can add a PDF to a photo and turn it into a template so you can add a new PDF in seconds. Make a few of these templates, and you are well on your way to your very own graphic resource library – customized for your blog and brand!

Time to get designing – show off your awesome lead magnet and grow your email list! Oh, and I’d love to see what you make! #imaginedesignrepeat

Congrats, you! Now you can add a PDF to a photo and turn it into a template so you can add a new PDF in seconds. Make a few of these templates, and you are well on your way to your very own graphic resource library – customized for your blog and brand!

Time to get designing – show off your awesome lead magnet and grow your email list! Oh, and I’d love to see what you make! #imaginedesignrepeat

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