Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tutorial: How to make editable PDF files for printables & free 'World Domination' to-do list downloads

To Do list

I get a lot of questions about how I make my editable PDF files for invitations, labels and other party goods. I'll be honest, I haven't been that open about how to make them - not because I don't want to share, but going through writing a how-to for each person and answering all the questions can be incredibly time consuming. So, I've decided to put together a tutorial for anyone who is interested.  Post any questions you have below and I'll answer them all in one place for everyone to see!

As always I've used Google Docs for my file hosting so once you click the link go to the top right of your document and click File; Download Original, or there is a button named "Download" on the top right. Then go ahead and open your document, print, read, or edit as you like.

Without further ado, download the complete tutorial here.

I've made a to-do list/goals worksheet for you to work on as a sample - both versions are available at the end of the tutorial.

Not interested in the tutorial? That's ok! Go ahead and download the free worksheet in one of two formats:

Completely blank (no editable fields)

Or with editable fields. Remember, like all of my files - you might need to download a font if you want it to look exactly like the sample you see. In this case the font is "Jenna Sue" and you can get your copy here - do ahead and download and install it, then re-open the PDF and you'll be all set.

Again - let me know any and all of your questions below and I'll answer to the best of my ability. Otherwise, happy PDF making!


1000+1 said...

ever so clever! love the tutorial with a great sense of humor on a side :)

Sonja said...

Thank you so much! Great post!

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

That's such a helpful post. Thanks for sharing


Such a great post! Thank you SO SO much for sharing!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial! My Acrobat Pro will only allow my font size up to 18 pt.. is that typical? Thank you!

HOLLY said...

I found this tutorial via. Google, and it was just what I was looking for, thank you! <3

Kimberly from Joyful Roots said...

Thank you thank you thank you for this!!! I have been searching and searching for a good tutorial and yours is the best! I really appreciate it!

Cristina said...

Thankls so much for sharing it with us!
But I still have a question (maybe something I'm missing).
I bought an editable PDF file once (printable Party Kit) and when I open it on READER, appears a bar on the top (Typewriter) with all the settings that I can Change (like the size, the line spacing, color and font). How do I do to save my file with this typewriter on the top. Then people would open the file on Reader with this options already there.
Thanks again!
That's awesome!

Cristina said...

Also, I would like to know if this is possible. I'm trying to make some labels (all the same). Do I have to do one by one creating new text field for each label? Is that a way to do that making sure they are aligned and with the same proprieties?
Thanks again! :)

pretty-stupid said...

Hi I am trying to make the font changable in reader. When you bring up the properties bar I'd like it to have the font choices in there. I have seen this done on other documents but I cannot get it to work for my document. The properties bar is always blank. Help? :) Thank you!!

LĂștsen said...

We created a free online tool to create editable PDF's. If you put square brackets around the text you want to make editable and upload the PDF, anyone you want can edit the text between the square brackets. Its called PDF Panda:

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this wonderful tutorial! I was able to create editable party printables for people because of this!