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Saving/Exporting Multiple Artboards to Separate PDFs in CS5

Jul 7, 2010 12:01 PM

In Adobe Illustrator CS5, you now have the capability give a name to each artboard in your illustrator file.

I understand that you can easily save each artboard as separate AI files but I would like to save them as separate PDFs instead.


Does anyone have a good workaround, script, or know the actual method of doing so?


All I can possibly theorize is to save the artboards as separate PDFs and then have Acrobat convert those artboards to PDFs.


Any suggestions?

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    Jul 7, 2010 1:06 PM   in reply to jarman672000

    You can save Illustrator files, then open them in Acrobat Pro (since they are also PDF files) and resave as PDF.

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    Jul 8, 2010 4:48 AM   in reply to jarman672000

    yes Scott is correct.

    as long as you are saving files as AI with " Create PDF compatibility on" the AI files are as good as PDF files (saved with default settings).

    so unless you need to modify the pdf settings while creating artboard specificPDF files from a Multiple Artboard file saving to AI file with "Save each artboard to seprate file should suffice"

    but if you need to modify the PDF settings then the following links could be useful :

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    Jul 8, 2010 5:23 AM   in reply to sanjaysingh82

    You can save as individual ai files then do a batch action saving as a pdf.

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    Mar 29, 2011 8:31 AM   in reply to jarman672000

    Or you could save as one large PDF then extract pages as individual PDF files.

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    Apr 1, 2013 9:24 PM   in reply to jarman672000

    Here is the simplest way to save each artboard to individual PDFs:


    In Illustrator, when you click "Save As...", the first window that pops up (where you enter the file name and choose the location to save the file in) has an option at the bottom where you can indicate the range of artboards you want to save. For example: "Range: 1-2". If you were to put "1" it would only save Artboard 1 to the file.

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    Apr 2, 2014 6:16 AM   in reply to jarman672000

    There's a script that does this: Matthew Ericson's Multiexporter.jsx script.


    It's a very good script.



    By default it's set to export each artboard as a PNG, but you can change this in the drop-down at the bottom to PDF (or EPS or JPG).


    It uses the artboard names for the filenames, and you can add your own filename prefixes and suffixes.


    It takes PDF export options from the last time you saved a PDF. If there are hundreds of artboards, you might want to check you didn't have "View PDF after saving" ticked...


    It also has the option to export layers as seperate PDFs or PNGs, or both layers and artboards.

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