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I know that it is possible to export individual artboards all as separate PDFs in Illustrator, but I need to group some of the artboards together and I can't find a good solution.

At the moment, I'm exporting all of them and then manually combining each one using Preview (mac) which takes forever.

An example of what I mean: I have artboards 1-24, I want 12 PDFs, artboard 1-2 is PDF#1, artboard 3-4 is PDF#2, artboard 5-6 is PDF#3 and so on.

Is there a quick workaround or plugin that can help me do this efficiently?

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  • This is relatively straightfoward to do on windows, as you can just print pdf with adobe pdf, using ranges. But i dont think thats a option on mac so you need to do the extra step of merging files.
    – joojaa
    Feb 21 at 4:33

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Export all artboards as a single multi-page PDF.

Then use Adobe Acrobat to extract pages and save them as separate files.

I can't say how much faster this may be compared to using Preview, because I don't use Preview on my Macs. I don't find Preview to be a professional-level tool. But for 24 pages, it's not that labor intensive to extract and save six times via Acrobat.

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  • Thanks, this isn't a bad solution. The only downside is that I have to rename each file manually, despite having the artboards named in illustrator already. I'll consider it though.
    – Kenny
    Feb 21 at 3:23
  • It's only 6 names if you are saving 2 pages per PDF.
    – Scott
    Feb 21 at 3:28

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