How to Convert JPG to PDF on Mac

People share images on their Macs every day, and (for the most part) Apple’s flagship computer makes this easy. But image files can be finicky, and sometimes JPGs don’t play nice when we need them to. In such instances, knowing how to convert JPGs to PDF on your Mac can help.

PDF literally stands for “Portable Document Format”. PDFs were built to seamlessly transfer files between different devices and operating systems. So being able to turn your JPGs into PDFs, on Mac or any other OS, is helpful knowledge if you regularly use the internet.

We’ll show you how easy it is to turn JPG to PDF on Mac so you don’t need to worry about such file conversions again.

Here are the three easiest ways to change JPG to PDF on Mac computers:

1. Change your JPEG(s) to PDF with the Preview app.

Preview is considered the most standard method of ensuring your JPEG files are converted properly to PDF on macOS. It comes pre-installed on Macbook laptops and Mac desktops, and you’re probably familiar with it if you’ve ever viewed photos on your computer.

Here’s how to use Preview to convert JPG to PDF:

Step 1: Find the JPEG you want to change to PDF. Right-click it. A pop-up screen will appear. Select “Preview”. Note that your default settings will open your JPG with Preview, so you could also just click the file to open it.

How to open a JPG on Mac using Preview (although it's the default, you can still specify by using Open With)

Step 2: Your JPEG file will open in Preview. At the top of the pop-up screen you’ll see the “File” dropdown menu. Click it.

Exporting a JPG to PDF by clicking File -> Export... in Mac Preview

Step 3: Choose the Export option. In the next pop-up, input the file name and where you want your new file downloaded to. Change the JPEG format to PDF in the dropdown. After that, click Save.

Name your file and have the PDF format setting selected to download your new PDF to your computer

Your JPG is now a PDF. You can move it from your Mac to any other desired device or operating system.

2. Turn a JPG to PDF with Mac’s Automator tool.

Mac’s Automator tool may look intimidating at first, but it’s handy if you learn how to use it. Save time completing a series of JPG to PDF conversions or other file-related tasks (conversions, renaming, transfers) with Mac Automator. Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Locate the Automator on your Mac device using your Finder. The icon looks like a cool white robot.

Step 2: When you’ve opened the application, click “Quick Action“.

Step 1 of using Mac Automator to convert a JPG to PDF using the Quick Action icon

Step 3: A big list of functions will appear. Using the search box option or simply scanning the list, find the “New PDF from Images” category and click it.

Step 4: Drag and drop all of the JPGs you want to convert to PDF on your Mac into the Automator window.

Step 2 of using Mac Automator for JPG to PDF conversion, clicking New PDF from Images selection

Step 5: Click the “Run” button on the top-right of the Automator tool. Depending on which macOS you’re running, it may also be called “Step”. Your new JPGs will download to wherever you designated them to go in the settings (likely your desktop).

Step 3 of using Mac Automator to transfer JPG to PDF format, adjusting the settings

3. Turn your JPG to PDF on any OS with an online PDF converter tool.

Whether you’re a Mac or Windows user, converting JPG to PDF is easy with an internet connection. Most JPG to PDF converters are freemium or service-based, but you can use ours for free as many times as you’d like. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Visit our general PDF converter tool or the specific tool you need (JPG to PDF, PNG to PDF, etc).

Step 2: Click “Choose File“.

Choose file button on Big PDF Converter's JPG to PDF landing page with a yellow arrow

Step 3: Select your image for conversion and upload it. You can even drag it onto your screen if you prefer. Your image will begin to automatically convert to PDF.

simply find the JPG you want to save as a PDF on your Mac

Step 4: In a few seconds, simply download your new PDF to your browser. Or save it to your Google Drive by clicking the link icon next to the button.

Download your JPG-turned-PDF by clicking download, or click the link next to the button to save on your Google Drive

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