I have multiple layers open in GIMP, I would like to export a pdf that has each layer on a new page.


GIMP can't do this directly.

You need to use an intermediate file format.


sudo apt-get install imagemagick


  1. Export from GIMP as an MNG animation: FileExportdocument.mng
  2. Convert to PDF on the terminal:

    convert -reverse document.mng document.pdf
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    Nice tweak for not having to reorder the layers from how they come in from a pdf in the import. – Max Williams Jun 27 '18 at 15:07
  • Gimp 2.10 can do this, see @mjoao 's answer – Barun Jan 1 at 12:08

Gimp (2.10) does it already. No extra software or plugins needed.

  1. Import all images/pages as layers.
  2. File > Export As > filename.pdf
  3. Select Layers as pages and Reverse the pages order
  4. Click the Export button.

That's all! Enjoy.


There is a Gimp plugin that does this nicely.


The install path and how to change the permissions are covered in this blog post: https://www.zyxware.com/articles/4438/how-to-export-multiple-layers-from-gimp-into-a-pdf-file

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