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How do I fix text from a PDF that has become a paragraph for every line?

Feb 21, 2013 3:00 PM

Tags: #illustrator #pdf #text

When opening a PDF in Illustrator, the text gets all messed up. Every line becomes its own paragraph, making it very difficult to edit because I have to edit every single line individually. Is there a way to get these to all become one paragraph again like it was in the original file? (P.s The original was created in illy, converted to a PDF, and now being worked on in illy again.) I am working in CS6.

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    Feb 21, 2013 3:07 PM   in reply to darrahbaum1

    Method 1

    • copy the text in acrobat
    • open pdf in illy, delete all point text excetp one, paste text over this


    Method 2

    • install join text frames script ipts/


    gave you 2 solutions, casue have not done this for awhile, and forgot waht was nto perfect about the script.

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    Feb 21, 2013 4:41 PM   in reply to darrahbaum1

    That’s what happens to text when you make a pdf. it breaks up into loose lines.

    Always keep an .ai original so that you don’t have to convert back to Illie.


    You can use Mike’s method(s) or copy the text into a new text box and then do a text search for carriage returns, replacing them with word spaces.

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