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Re: How do I add pdf to email

Where do you paste the address?

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Re: How do I add pdf to email

Updated: September 2017


With our new editor you have the option to turn your PDF to an email with just a few steps.

When you create an Email campaign from an imported PDF:

  • An image of the PDF is added to the template. The image of your PDF can be treated just like any other image and can be resized or turned into a clickable image.
  •  A button linking to your PDF is included so your contacts can easily download it.
  • The template is automatically branded with the main color used in your PDF.

Once the template is created, you have full control to add more text content and further customize your branding. Keep in mind that sending an image-only email increases the likelihood you'll end up in the spam folder; make sure your Email campaign has a good image-to-text ratio by using headlines and adding text elements from the Build tab.

1.     From the Home or Campaigns tab, click Create.
Create2.    Click Email
Create email3.    In the top right corner Click "Import PDF to email".

Import PDF

  1.    Choose a file to import by dragging and dropping the PDF file or browsing your computer

Add a brief description for your PDF. (Optional) Change the name of your PDF.

Click Continue.


  1.  Edit the content of your email and click Continue when you're ready to send it to your contacts. (Optional) Edit the text of the Download button. Be sure to preview and test your email before you send it out

Here is a link to the FAQ.


If you do not have our new editor and are still using 2GE we have options for you as well.

While you cannot insert the PDF file directly into your email, the Library allows you to upload PDF documents that you can link to from within your emails.

To link to a PDF while editing an email in 2GE:

  1. In your email draft, click the Edit icon for the block where you want to include the link.
  2. Place your cursor where you want the link to appear.
  3. Click the Document button in the Insert section on the left toolbar.
  4. On the Select Document screen that displays, click Upload a new document.
  5. On the Upload, a new document box, click the Browse button to search for your PDF file.
  6. Select your file and click Open.
  7. Click Upload. Your PDF file will appear in the Document Library.
  8. Click the button for the file you wish to add to your email.
  9. In the link text field, enter the text that will appear as the hyperlink for your document.
  10. Click Insert Document Link. The hyperlink appears in your email.

Another option would be to convert the pdf to an image file and insert it as the converted image.  This option is viable with both editors.

When uploading a PDF into the Library you have an option to also create a PNG image of the first page of that PDF. The image can then be inserted into your email campaign.

  1.    Click Library.
  2.    Click the Upload To Library button and select My Computer.
  3.  From the Upload To Library overlay, you can either drag and drop your PDF or browse your computer to find the PDF you want to convert.

4.  Once you put the file in place your cursor over the PDF's thumbnail and click Create an Image.
Create a Image
5.  Click Confirm to create the image. The image file is automatically added to the Library and won't be seen on the Upload To Library overlay.

Create an image6.     Click Upload Files to finish uploading your PDF to the Library.
Upload file

  1.    Click Done.  Now both the PDF and the PNG image are saved to the Library with the same name, but you can always edit the image information and change the name.

You can now use that PNG as an image in your email campaigns.

FAQ: Create an Image From a PDF While Uploading to the Library


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Re: How do I add pdf to email

I'm able to upload my pdf just fine but when I open it, it looks a bit different from my original PDF. The effects are not showing. For instance, the background fades navy blue to a lighter blue in the middle and only showing one solid color when it's uploaded. Also, the color of the pdf and the text is way lighter than my original document. Any suggestions? 


Re: How do I add pdf to email

Hello @MSAprogram,


We're currently tracking a few reports of something similar, and trying to find out exactly what might be causing it.  For now, you can still create an image of your document the old fashioned way, with a screenshot.  To help us find the root cause though, if you could send us the original copy of the pdf you're using, we can pass that on to the engineering team for them to look at when they're tracking down the problem.  Just send that as an attachment to socialsupport(at)constantcontact(dot)com with a reference to this post, and we'll get that attached to the ongoing investigation for you.

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How do I add pdf to email

Great addition. Keep it up.
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Re: How do I add pdf to email


You can upload a PDF to Constant Contact and add link to it in your email.  There are different steps depending on what editor you are using.   


For 2GE users:

Click on the block you want to add the link to.  Highlight the text you want to be the link to your document.  Once that is done go to the left and you will see ‘Document Link”42.1.png



If your document:

  • Is already in in the Library - Select the document from the list. You can download the document to preview it by clicking on the document name.
  • Needs to be uploaded - Click the Upload a New Document button to drag and drop your document into your Library. Then click Upload Files and Done.  

Then click Insert, click Save and then continue editing the rest of your email, here is the FAQ for this process.

For 3GE users:


Highlight the text you want to link your document to and click Link. Select Document from the Type of link drop-down menu. 42.3.png


Edit the text you want to display as the link. Select a document from your Library. If you haven't uploaded your document yet, just click Upload a New Document to add it to your Library.

Click Insert, click Done and continue editing your email, here is the FAQ for this process.

I hope that helps!



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You can only use that as a link from within your email and not the body of it. It would have to be converted to a more appropriate format ( XHTML) if you wanted it to be the body of it. PDF isn't a format that can be read by email clients without the use of a secondary program like Acrobat. Regards, Tony

"Converting" a pdf into XHTML

Thnk you for your answer to the question of being able to use a pdf as the actual message. I have a need to do just that, use the exact pdf as the actual message. Boy, it would be SO great if we could do that!!


I see you mentioned that the pdf would need to be converted, and by that I am guessing you mean created, as I am not aware of a pdf to HXTML converter. I am so rusty with HTML as to be virtually useless with it. I know CC offers their services to create a custom template for us, but I can't do that due to budget constraints.


Do you have any advice on how that could be done? Are there any super easy XHTML 'programs' out there?


Thanks in advance,



Honored Contributor

Re: "Converting" a pdf into XHTML

Hi Jeanne,


You can actually convert your PDF to a JPG using this free website, Neevia.  Then you can save your JPG and then upload it into your email.  Just make sure you do have some text in your email as well. Many spammers send out only images and we don't want your email to get blocked by filters because they think it's "spam".


Hope that helps!


Re: "Converting" a pdf into XHTML

Thank you Marissa, I will check it out!

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