How do I make an editable flyer with text and images?

I am trying to create a series of real estate tempaltes with text and images. I would like to be able to create these flyers so that they can be easliy edited using Abobe Reader. I can design the flyers in Photoshop, but I do not know how to import these template files into Acrobat and create the editable areas. Please help.


Al Baiocchi


3 Answers

A preliminary note: DON'T use Photoshop for anything containing any sort of text. Use an application which is suited for page layout, such as InDesign, FrameMaker, or even Illustrator. The results will be better quality text, and smaller PDF files.

That said, there are issues (thank you, Adobe) making it a bit of a pain in the butt to import images into a PDF document using Reader. You might search the defunct AcrobatUsers Forums for several discussions about that issue. I might come up with something additional, but it may take a little bit of time.

For entering text, and eventually images, you would create a form. Text goes into text fields, where you can specify several parameters. Depending on your Acrobat version you do this with the Field tool or in the Form Edit mode. Images would go into Button fields, where you specify the icon.

Hope this can help.


Max Wyss   

Thanks Max,

I guess I should be more clear on what I am trying to do. I would like to create a flyer "background" in Photoshop. I would then like to be able to designate content areas that could be edited by the end user. If it was text area, they would click on the text and replace it with their own. If it was an image, they would click on the image and be taken to a "browse" hard drive window where they could select their own image a placve it into the flyer.

I am using Acrobat X Pro. I have been searching for answers for a couple days now and just recently found something that speaks to usinf LiveCycle to add images to a PDF. I have never used LiveCycle before, so I am a little confused. Adobe says that LiveCycel is bundled with Acrobat X Pro, but I cannot find it.


Al Baiocchi   

I had a hunch that you were Mac-based, and Adobe is not willing to port LiveCycle Designer to Mac. There may be changes in that because of the most recent reorganization, which (as far as I heard) still has not decided about what is going to happen with further development of the whole LiveCycle product line; there were various rumors, but maybe someone from Adobe can step in with the most current information. On the other hand, quite frankly, I have doubts about a Mac port.

It would be easy to make the importIcon() function available for Reader (well, at least if the icon is a PDF).

So, if you are on Windows, LiveCycle Designer is part of the Acrobat X package; if you are on Mac, it isn't.

Hope this can help.


Max Wyss   


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