This article explains how you can convert text PDF to scanned PDF using Zapier. We will use the Web API to make this conversion easier. For this demonstration, we will use Google Drive as a trigger and storage of our source file.

Google Drive is a free cloud-based storage service that enables users to store and access files online.

  1. Create a Zap
  2. Google Drive App
  3. Setup Trigger
  4. Test Trigger
  5. Add App
  6. Set up Action
  7. Test Action
  8. Test Result
  9. Output

We will use this sample text PDF and convert it into a scanned PDF

Sample Text PDF
Sample Text PDF

Step 1: Create a Zap

  • To begin. First, log into your Zapier account and click the Create Zap button.

Step 2: Google Drive App

  • Next, select the Google Drive app and choose the New File in Folder as a trigger.

Google Drive App

Step 3: Setup Trigger

  • For the Drive field, select My Google Drive.
  • For the Folder field, enter the specific folder where the file resides.

Setup Trigger

Step 4: Test Trigger

  • Let’s test the trigger to see the result.

Test Trigger
Test Trigger Result

Once the test trigger was successful, add another app.

Step 5: Add App

  • Let’s add another app and select Then, choose the Custom API Call.

Add App

Step 6: Setup Action

  • For the API Endpoint field, search and select the v1/pdf/makeunsearchable. This endpoint will convert text PDF to scanned PDF.
  • For the URL input parameter override field, select the Web Content Link from Google Drive.

Setup Action

Step 7: Test Action

  • Now, let’s test the action to make sure that we set it up correctly.

Test Action

Step 8: Test Result

  • Great! The test was successful, kindly copy the URL and paste it into your browser to view the output.

Test Result

Step 9: Output

  • Here’s the converted scanned PDF output
Scanned PDF Output
Scanned PDF Output

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