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FAQ: Why can't I edit a scanned PDF?

Dec 23, 2011 12:31 PM

If you converted a paper document to PDF using the ClearScan option in Acrobat, you have one more task to do before you can edit or touch up any text in the document. During the conversion to PDF, ClearScan converted the fonts in the document to custom fonts. You must replace the custom fonts with fonts that you have on your computer.

 

  1. Make sure that the scanned document contains live text that you can select and change. If you can't select the text, run Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on the document:
    (Acrobat X) Choose Tools > Recognize Text > In This File. For details, see Recognize text in scanned documents.
    (Acrobat 9) Choose Document > OCR Text Recognition > Recognize Text Using OCR. For details, see Recognize text in scanned documents.
  2. (Acrobat X) Use the Edit Document Text tool (formerly called the TouchUp Text tool) to select the text you want to edit. This tool is located in the Content panel on the Tools pane.
    (Acrobat 9) Use the TouchUp Text tool and select the text you want to edit. This tool is located in Tools > Advanced Editing > TouchUp Text Tool.
  3. Right-click the selected text and choose Properties. Make sure the Text tab is selected.
  4. Open the Font menu in the Text tab. Fonts above the line are the custom fonts. Fonts below the line are the fonts that you have on your computer, also called system or local fonts.
  5. Select a font below the line that closely matches the custom font.
  6. Select a font size that closely matches the custom font.

     

     

    Important: The Edit Document Text tool and TouchUp Text tool work best when editing only a few characters.

 

Here are some related videos:

Scanning and OCR eSeminar. (0:46:25 on the timeline shows how to change the font and font size of a ClearScan font.)

Converting Scanned Documents into a PDF File

Recognizing Text in Scanned PDF Documents

How to Edit a Scanned PDF (This video is for Acrobat 9, but the steps apply to Acrobat X. Only the name and location of the tool are different.)

 

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