ConvertXtoPDF Free Tutorials - How to Customize Layout Profile

Introduction

ConvertXtoPDF Free is able to create high quality PDF from any printable formats with customizable profiles including document properties, font embedding, active links, image compression, layout, watermarks, bookmarks, overlays, rotation, transparency, PDF linearization, password-protection, digital signature as well as different preset quality settings for screen, eBook, prepress, printer and tons of others. You can improve the appearance of the PDF pages beyond the fixed presentation by customizing your PDF layout. ConvertXtoPDF Free provides fully custom layout of resulting PDF file like anchors, margins, size, aspect ratio, transformation and also confidential, draft, date/time, page index, etc. It also allows you to add text and image watermarks to signify ownership of your PDF document and discourage copying. Moreover, you can also add overlay like invoice, letterhead, header, footer, etc. to PDF document. You can also sign a digital signature.

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Customize Layout Profile


Customize Layout Profile

Watermarks, ovelays, signatures

The Watermarks, overlays, signatures profile manager allows you to modify the layout of the created PDF by choosing a predefined page size form from the list of 40+ available ones; setting a page orientation (landscape/portrait); inserting and customizing the layout of watermarks (text/images); inserting and customizing the overlays; digitally signing the PDF and modifying the layout of the signature.

Forms: choose one of the predefined page size forms available. After you select a form, you'll see the size of the content layer change in the live preview section. You can manage the forms and define your own custom form in Printing Preferences.

Orientation: specify how the page is positioned. Available options are Portrait (Portrait orients the print vertically and the longest edge of the page is vertical) and Landscape (Landscape orients the print horizontally and the longest edge of the page is horizontal). The orientation can also be set from the printing application.

Text watermarks: add text watermarks automatically tto the created PDF even if in the original document contains no watermark. From this dropdown menu you can choose to add one of the default text watermark presets. You can add new or manage the existing text watermarks by clicking New/Manage.

Image watermarks: just like text watermarks, you can also add images to be included as watermarks in the created PDF file. From this dropdown menu you can choose to insert one of the default image watermark presets. You can add new or manage the existing image watermarks by clicking New/Manage.

Overlays: PDF overlay (PDF stitching), means that you can insert the content of a PDF file in another PDF document, either in front of the existing content or as the background for the existing one, and create a single PDF file containing the merged information.

From this dropdown menu you can choose to insert one of the default overlay presets. You can add new or manage the existing overlays by clicking New/Manage.

Signatures: you can apply a signature to a created PDF file even if the original document does not have any signatures or copyright protection. From this dropdown menu you can choose to insert one of the default signatures presets. You can add new or manage the existing signatures by clicking New/Manage.

Layout preview and tools

Live preview: you can preview changes you do to the layout of the resulting PDF without actually saving them. Every layout operation you do will show live in the preview section.

Layer management: each layout element you add that will be included in the resulting PDF is positioned on a layer. The general layer is Content, meaning the actual content that you have in the original document. All other elements (watermarks, overlays, signatures) are added as layers shown in the Layer Management field. Each of the layer has a Name that you can modify and you can bring layers forward or send them backwards using the up/down arrows on the right of the field. You can also remove a layer and lock it. Each layer will have an icon in front showing what type is it: content, watermark, overlay or signature.

Units: you can change the measurement units (millimeters, inches and points) from the Units dropdown list.

Margins: you can manipulate layers by setting different margins. The Anchors will let you choose what edge to use as a landmark when calculating the given margin. The numbers you enter in the Offset field are expressed in the selected measurement unit by default, unless you choose to use percentages of the total form width/height (you can do this by checking the box under the % heading). There six available options: Left, Right, Top, Bottom, Horizontal center and Vertical center.

Object: each element you add can be modified in size by entering a value for it in the Size field. The size can be in the unit of measurement or as a percentage of the total form dimensions. You can modify individually the width/height and you can retain the overall aspect of the object by leaving the Keep aspect ratio option enabled. If Allow stretching is selected instead, the width and height can be adjusted individually without retaining the original aspect of the object.

Use border: for every element added you can select the Use border option to add a border around it. When this option is selected you can choose to have the border drawn Outside of the element, in the Interior of the element or leave it Normal. Borders have their own default presets that can be modified by clicking on the "..." button next to the name of the preset.

Show on pages: each element inserted can be shown on all the pages of the created PDF or only on the First/Last page, Odd/Even pages or a particular page number.

Select/Transform/Pan/Fit: the controls at the bottom of the Live preview window allow you to manipulate the layers easier. You can use the Select option to choose a particular layer, the Transform option to apply changes to the selected layer, or Pan to be able to reposition all the layers in the current view. You also can Zoom in/out on the current view by using the slider or the scroll wheel on your mouse and Fit the entire design in the current view.