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


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

  1. Import all images/pages as layers.
  2. Go to File → Export As → filename.pdf.
  3. After clicking Export As, a dialog will pop up asking to confirm save options. Select Layers as pages and Reverse the pages order.
  4. Click the Export button.

That's all! Enjoy.

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    Not only does GIMP do this built in, but it's even clever enough that if you want to have multiple layers make up a page e.g. a base image and various additional text layers - you can do this using layer groups and then with the 'Layers as pages' option, GIMP will export each layer group as a separate page! – ec2011 Nov 6 '19 at 1:53
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    The installed GIMP I have on Ubuntu 16.04 (GIMP 2.8.16) does not have this option. – user886869 Nov 21 '19 at 0:04
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    GIMP 2.8.18 does not have this option – Alessandro Jacopson Nov 24 '19 at 9:41
  • You don't need to reverse pages order if images were imported in order (last page as top layer) – qwr Apr 28 '20 at 8:18
  • You have to CLICK EXPORT first to see these options in #3 – Starcat Feb 1 at 15:59

GIMP (prior to 2.10) 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
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    Gimp 2.10 can do this, see @mjoao 's answer – Barun Jan 1 '19 at 12:08
  • -reverse also needs a new version of convert; 1.3.23 does not do that. – jjmerelo Aug 29 '20 at 8:39
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    On Ubuntu, if you get "not authorized" see accepted answer here: askubuntu.com/questions/1081895/… – Dagelf Sep 3 '20 at 8:44

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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