I have several images similar to the one shown below. Each image is of the same width. What I want to do is to increase the space between the answer posibilities (A-E) for example by 40 pixels (and keeping the width). How can this be done easily for a couple of pictures with for example Adobe Illustrator?

I have extracted the pictures from a PDF (with slice selection tool), perhaps it is easier to do it directly with the pdf instead of the image.

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If the PDF contains lines of actual text, and is not a raster image, then you should be able to open it and edit it in Illustrator.

From the Adobe Help website

Use the Open command or the Place command with the Link option deselected to edit the contents of a PDF file. Illustrator recognizes the individual components in the PDF artwork and lets you edit each component as a discrete object.

Without knowing exactly how the PDF was created, it might be possible to simply select and move each line of text with the move tool. I can't tell you exactly without access to the PDF.

  • Yes, I can select each line and move it when opening the PDF but the problem is that when I move it by hand the distance between the lines is not constant.
    – machinery
    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:39
  • Is there a possibility to select a line and move it by e.g. 40px down?
    – machinery
    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:57
  • @machinery Switch on Smart Guides, and click and drag it, look at the dY co-ordinates or alternatively put all the lines of text on top of each other, select them all then click on one, then use the align panel to vertically distribute them
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 27, 2018 at 13:45
  • In Y coordinates you can type after the current pixel position your desired increment. Ex: Y: 700px (you type just +40px). The result will be 740px.
    – LeoNas
    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:03
  • @machinery you can invoke the move tool dialog by right clicking and choose Transform->Move you can then type in the offset, which is both precise and repeatable, with transform again (ctrl+D)
    – joojaa
    Jan 28, 2018 at 9:36

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