The “Horizon” PDF Portfolio Layout

This is the first of what I hope to be many PDF Portfolio layouts that will be freely distributed on my blog. The design is intended to be very clean and simple with minimal metadata or buttons. It comes with two built in themes, the default and one called “Sunset”. Like the default Adobe layouts, the background images can be removed or replaced.

Horizon Layout Screen Shot (Default)

Horizon Layout Screen Shot (Default)

I’d recommend this layout for no more than 25 files and it’ll look better if they are all the same size. Also, for aesthetic reasons, use an odd number of files and place the file you want to be seen first in the middle of the list.

Horizon Layout Screen Shot (SunSet)

Horizon Layout Screen Shot (SunSet)

It’s also not designed for multimedia since you can’t play videos directly in the layout; that’ll be in another layout I’m working on.

Finally, there’s quite a bit of overhead to the layout itself, about 3.5Mb, so if you’re concerned with file size, this isn’t the layout for you.


You can create PDF Portfolios using this layout in Acrobat X but your Portfolios can be opened in Reader 9 and higher. You only need to do these steps once.

  1. Shut down Acrobat X if it’s running
  2. Download the “PracticalPDF_Horizon.nav” file to your desktop.
  3. Start Acrobat X and select File -> Create -> PDF Portfolio…
  4. Click “Import Custom Layout…”
  5. Import Custom Layout

    Import Custom Layout

  6. Locate the “PracticalPDF_Horizon.nav” file that you just downloaded
  7. Either click “Add Files” or “Finish”

The “PracticalPDF Horizon” Layout is now added to the list of available layouts for Portfolios.

5 Responses to The “Horizon” PDF Portfolio Layout

  1. T Lejman February 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    These are cool .nav layouts! On a related note/future idea- do you think it would be possible to customize folders? (not just the single folder “look”, but multiple folder styles)? I have promotional docs that fit into 3 groupings, and the generic folder look for all of them just seems so bland and undifferentiated.

    • Anonymous February 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm #


      I’ve been thinking about adding multiple folder styles for quite a while now. The first step will be to have a different colors for different folders.

      Can you elaborate on what you’re looking for?

      How do you envision the feature working, are you adding your own folder images for each folder, having a base design and apply a logo?


  2. leo santillan March 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Nice layouts!!! One question. I Have folders in my pdf portfolio but the look blurry for some reason

    • JoelGeraci March 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      Thanks! The Horizon Layout was one of my earliest new ones. I need to update it with my new folder icon. Check back here in a week or so for an update.

  3. sotheb March 21, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Real good job. Thanks 🙂

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