How To Create A Multi Page PDF with Inkscape

How To Create A Multi Page PDF with Inkscape 1024 602 Nick Saporito

As a graphic designer I have created plenty of PDF documents, and Inkscape has always been my tool of choice for doing so. Unfortunately there’s no way to create a multi page PDF with Inkscape though, but there are some very simple workarounds for accomplishing this.

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Why Inkscape Doesn’t Support Multi Page Documents

The reason why Inkscpape can’t create multi page documents is because Inkscape works in the SVG environment, and as it currently stands, the SVG format does not support multi page documents. There is good news in that it may be added to SVG 2.0, but for now we’ll have to resort to workarounds in order to create a multi page PDF with Inkscape.

Creating A Multi Page PDF with inkscape

In order to create a multi page PDF with Inkscape you must design each page individually and save it as its own individual PDF document. Then you can merge them all together using any one of a variety of tools. Here are some that I’ve used personally and would recommend…

1.) PDFsam

PDF Sam

This is what I currently use and would recommend to anyone using the Windows operating system. PDFsam is a desktop application that allows you to edit PDF documents in a variety of different ways. You can merge multiple documents, split them up into different pages, rotate the pages, etc.

There’s a free version and a premium version. I don’t know exactly what the premium version does, but if you only need to merge PDF documents then the free version is all you’ll need. The software is pretty easy to use and self-explanatory for the most part.

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2.) PDF Chain

PDF Chain

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This is what I used when I was an Ubuntu user, and it’s what I’d recommend for all Linux users looking to create a multi page PDF with Inkscape.

PDF Chain is a desktop application that allows you to merge PDF documents. The UI couldn’t be more simple and to-the-point. Highly recommended.

3.) PDF Merge

PDF Merge

Finally, there’s PDF Merge — a free web-based application that allows you to merge PDF documents. This would be the ideal option for those of you who may be Mac users and can’t find a free alternative to the aforementioned applications, or maybe if you simply don’t want to download additional software just to create a multi page PDF with Inkscape.

PDF Merge also allows you to split, rotate, compress, etc. PDF documents directly through your web browser. Check them out for a full list of what exactly it can do.

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Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design. A full portfolio and information regarding services offered can be found at LogosByNick.com.

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