By Naaziyah IsmailThu. 09 Nov. 20233min Read

How to Edit a PDF in Photoshop

Learn to edit PDFs in Photoshop, what limitations there are, and which PDF Editor is better.
How to Edit a PDF in Photoshop

Editing a PDF in Photoshop offers a unique approach to manipulating the visual aspects of your document, from adjusting images to refining text layers.

This guide will walk you through the steps to open and edit PDFs in Photoshop.

Megon Venter
B2B SaaS Content Writer
Megon is a B2B SaaS Content Writer with 7 years of experience in content strategy and execution. Her expertise lies in the creation of document management tutorials and product comparisons.

How to Edit a PDF in Photoshop

Step 1: Open Photoshop

Launch Photoshop and click on "Open".

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Step 2: Import PDF

Set up your PDF to your liking and click on "Ok".

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Step 3: Select a Tool

Choose a tool and begin editing your PDF.

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Limitations to Editing a PDF in Photoshop

  • Treats PDFs as Images: Photoshop views PDFs as images, limiting text editing capabilities.
  • Rasterizes Text: Text within PDFs is rasterized upon opening, making it non-editable.
  • Best for Visual Edits: Ideal for modifying graphics but not for extensive text changes.
  • Loss of Interactive Elements: Interactive features like hyperlinks or forms are not preserved.
  • Single Page Editing: Typically handles one page at a time, complicating edits across multiple pages.
  • File Size Increase: Edited PDFs may have larger file sizes due to image data.


Consequently, Photoshop is best suited for graphic adjustments rather than extensive text modifications in PDFs.

Our Method for Editing a PDF

Our preferred PDF editing method involves using PDF Reader Pro's comprehensive functionalities. As a content writer, I find all these features indispensable.

This powerful tool allows for a wide range of editing tasks, from adjusting text and images to reformatting and annotating documents, without the limitations often encountered with other software.

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PDF Reader Pro stands out for its ability to maintain the integrity of the original PDF while providing an intuitive platform for making precise and effective modifications, ensuring our documents are polished and professional.

PDF Reader Pro vs. Photoshop: Comparison Table


PDF Reader Pro


Primary Use

Dedicated PDF editing and management. Image editing with PDF support as a secondary feature.

Text Editing

Direct editing of text within PDFs, maintaining editability. Limited; text is rasterized and becomes part of the image, losing editability.

Image Editing

Basic image adjustments and replacements within PDFs. Advanced image editing capabilities, ideal for complex visual modifications.


Supports editing and adding interactive elements like forms and hyperlinks. Does not support interactive PDF features; focuses on visual content.

Multi-Page Editing

Easily navigate and edit multiple pages within a single PDF file. Primarily handles one page at a time, less convenient for multi-page documents.

File Integrity

Maintains the original structure and formatting of PDFs. May alter the original PDF structure, especially when saving back to PDF format.

Ease Of Use

User-friendly for PDF-specific tasks with a focus on document workflow. Steeper learning curve, primarily designed for graphic design professionals.

File Size

Efficient file size management, especially for text-dominated documents. Edited files may significantly increase in size due to the image-based approach.


This table showcases that while PDF Reader Pro is optimized for comprehensive PDF editing and management, Photoshop excels in advanced image manipulation within PDFs. The choice between them depends on the specific requirements of your editing task.

Editing a PDF in Photoshop: FAQ

Can I edit all elements of a PDF in Photoshop?

Photoshop primarily edits visual elements of a PDF, such as images and graphics. Text is rasterized and becomes part of the image, making it challenging to edit text like in a traditional text editor.

Will editing a PDF in Photoshop change the document's format?

Yes, when a PDF is opened in Photoshop, it treats the document as an image. Any saved changes will be in an image format unless specifically saved back as a PDF, potentially altering the original format.

How do I maintain the quality of my PDF when editing in Photoshop?

To maintain quality, avoid excessive resizing or compression. Work at the document's original resolution and save the edited PDF using the highest quality settings.

Is Photoshop the best tool for editing PDFs?

While Photoshop offers advanced capabilities for image editing within PDFs, it's not ideal for text-heavy document edits or when needing to maintain the PDF's interactive features. Tools like PDF Reader Pro are better suited for comprehensive PDF editing tasks.

What happens to text layers when I edit a PDF in Photoshop?

Text layers in a PDF are rasterized in Photoshop, meaning they're converted into pixels and lose their ability to be edited as text. This limits your ability to make direct text edits without significantly altering the text's appearance.

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