Photoshop: Why can I only use Artboards to export to PDF?

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Why must I use Artboards in Photoshop to export the file to PDF, why can't I export all files (in any Adobe program) to PDF?
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Constance Hanscomb

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If you mean exporting a single file with no artboards as a single pdf, there's a couple ways to do that with Export As..., Save As..., or use acrobat as your printer and "print" to a pdf.

For multiple files into a single pdf, there's:
https://acrobatusers.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-presentation-or-multi-page-pdf-from-photoshop-cc

For converting individual to individual files, there's a forum thread about that here:
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1914154
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When I save as File Save As PDF the file size does not always come out correctly. Invite 1 is the artboard exported as a pdf, Invite 2 is save as pdf
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Artboards are often not the full size of the canvas. The full canvas size is "hidden", but still present. if you are curious, try comparing the artboard dimensions to the ones you get when you Image->Canvas Size.

If you must use artboards, but only one at a time, you can use the annoyingly hard to find artboard setting "Shrinkwrap on Save..." in the gear tool icon of the Artboard Tool options bar. Have to have the artboard tool selected. Then click the gear icon.
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Thank you Matt, I will try that.