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How to Insert/Add Image to PDF for Free

Jane Zhou updated on Jun 08, 2021 to PDF Editor Tutorials

PDF is unquestionably the most preferred format for document sharing online. There are times when you need to insert image into PDFs. For instance, when you need to attach your own image to a PDF form that you have to submit online. Or sometimes, you need to attach images into PDF such as marks, logos, or other kinds of images to demonstrate things better.  

Nevertheless, whatever your reason is to add image to PDF, you have come to the right place. This post will cover numerous ways to help you insert pictures into PDF files on both Windows and Mac for free.

Part 1. How to Insert an Image into PDF on Windows

In the following, you can learn two effective ways to insert pictures into PDF files on your Windows PC. Just have a look!

1. EaseUS PDF Maker

While viewing or editing PDFs, you may want to insert some images to enrich your PDF documents. At that time, a wonderful PDF maker is a must. 

EaseUS PDF editing software is one of the most popular Windows PDF editor, which is friendly to all levels of users. Using this PDF program, you can flexibly insert images, text, page numbers or add hyperlink to PDF files based on your needs. In addition, it allows you to manage your PDF files in an easy way, which means you can merge or split PDF files, password protect PDF documents, and add or remove watermark from PDF quickly. Just try this PDF editor to modify your files now.

Detailed tutorials to add pictures to your PDF document on Windows 10/8/7:

Step 1. Open EaseUS PDF Editor and import the PDF file that you want to add images.

Open PDF file

Step 2. Click "Edit" to open the content editing option. Next, click "Add Image" on the right side to select your picture you want to insert.

Select image

Step 3. Click on the PDF where you want to add the image. Once added, you can edit the image the way you want.

Edit image in PDF

Step 4. When you are satisfied with your edited PDF file, you can click "File" > "Save" or "Save As" to export your PDF files with images.

Export PDF

2. Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is the most popular PDF utility that comes with a wide range of functionalities beyond your expectations. The powerful Windows PDF editor comes with both basic and advanced features, including inserting an image, editing, securing, and more. And inserting pictures function is easy to operate when you know how to use it.

Step 1. First, you need to open your target PDF document in which you would like to add an image.

Step 2. Go to the "Tools" tab located at the upper-left area of the software to launch the toolbar.

Step 3. After that, click on the "Edit PDF" option on the toolbar to add images to the PDF file.

Insert images to pdf with Adobe

Step 4. Click on "Add Image" located on the right side of the toolbar. This will launch a new dialogue box and let you choose the image you would like to add or insert. Choose the image you want and tap on the "Open" button.

Add images to PDF document on Windows

Step 5. In the PDF file, place the pointer where you want the picture to go and tap there. You can also resize the selected picture by fragging the border on the corners or the edges.

Once inserting the image, you can edit the orientation if you want and other attributes in the Edit Image section. Finally, hit "Control + S" to save.

Part 2. How to Add Image into PDF with Preview on Mac

To put images into PDF for free on Mac, Preview App can help you. It is Mac built-in utility for viewing documents and pictures. There is a high possibility that you have already used it before to view your documents on Mac.

The good news is that this app comes with numerous basic editing functionalities for PDF, including re-size, fit, encrypt, crop PDF files, and more. However, the catch is that Preview supports inserting images but only attaches images to PDFs as an individual PDF page rather than inserting an image to PDFs as an object.

Step 1. Open the Preview app on your system.

Step 2. Navigate to the "File" menu. Choose "Open" to open your PDF file or right-click on the PDF file and open with Preview.

Open PDF with Preview

Step 3. After opening the PDF document, move to the "Edit" > " Insert". From the "Insert" menu, select the "Page from File" option. This will take you to a file directory window to select the target image and follow the on-screen instructions to insert it into your PDF.

Edit the inserted image in Preview

Step 4. Finally, navigate to "File" > " Save" and that's it.

Part 3. How to Insert Pictures into PDF Online Free

When it comes to inserting pictures into PDF online, there are a plethora of tools available out there to help you get the job done with ease. Unfortunately, this also means that it will become a real challenge for you to determine the best online tools to complete the task. Luckily, you do not have to go through this hassle as we have done the heavy lifting for you in this part.

1. Smallpdf Editor

Smallpdf Editor is a reliable way to add images to PDF online for free. It is one of the most popular online PDF utilities out there that can help you convert, manipulate and edit PDF documents the way you want. 

What's more, you can use it to insert images and content onto your PDF documents on any platform, be it Windows, Mac, or Linux and browser, be it Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge. 

Step 1. To commence, visit Smallpdf Editor and upload your PDF file.

Step 2. Click on the "Add Image" icon, choose the image you want to add to the PDF file, and hit "Open".

Add image to PDF online

Step 3. The image will appear in the mid of the screen, and you can tap on the image and drag it around the way you want.

Step 4. Finally, download your output file.

2. PDFSimpli

Another tool we recommend is PDFSimpli. It is also free to use and can help you insert an image into a PDF file in no time with a few clicks. What makes it great is that it comes with many other great functionalities. For example, with the help of it, you can add an electronic signature to PDFs. On top of all, it will retain PDF formatting 100% intact. 

Step 1. To commence, visit PDFSimpli and upload your PDF file. After uploading the file, click on the "Let's Get Started" button.

Step 2. After that, click on the "Add Image" option, as shown in the below figure.

Add pictures to PDF online

Step 3. Now, the tool will launch a dialogue window to let you drag and drop or upload your target image file you want to add to your PDF file. Once selecting the image file, click on "Insert" and place the image where you want to.

Step 4. Finally, you can download your edited PDF file by clicking on the "Save" or "Download" button and then choose Download as "PDF".  

The Bottom Line

This post has covered all the easy ways on how to add images to PDF. You can pick the one you find most convenient to use. However, if you want to get the work done for free, look no further than the online tools mentioned here, as they are 100% free to use to insert images into PDF.