I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?


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There's this cool plugin: http://aiscripts.com/open-multipage-pdf/

It's worked beautifully for me

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    Please explain more. Suppose the linked page is down. Then your answer is useless as it stands now ...
    – Mensch
    Oct 30, 2014 at 12:34
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    Illustrator can not really open all pdf pages, the script mimics this functionality by opening one page at a time and duplicating the contents into a new document...it works on CS4-CC, win & mac Dec 5, 2014 at 7:56
  • The link broke, who would have guessed? New URL: aiscripts.com/open-multipage-pdf Mar 27, 2015 at 2:06
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    This does work with CC15, fortunately for my sanity. Thank you, @CarlosCanto, for your plugin! Aug 1, 2015 at 17:51
  • Thank you! Working without a problem on my Illustrator CS6. Nov 26, 2015 at 13:23

The Illustrator PDF Editing Method: Illustrator's open file dialog box allows you to open a specific page of the PDF document. When changes are made to a single page and saved, those changes are saved to the original PDF document overwriting only that page of the multi page PDF file. Aside from a global view of the document as art boards, this works for most cases.

Other Methods: Illustrator doesn't have a way to open a multi page PDF as an .ai file with multiple artboards. One way is with scripts and achieve a conversion or open PDF pages one by one and drag and drop them into a new .ai file presetted with the number of desired artboards.


I forked and translated the original Multi-Page PDF Loader 4 AI v2.5 script to English, and added the ability to import .AI files.

I tested this and can successfully import multi-page documents as artboards.

Multi-Page PDF Loader 4 AI v2.5.jsx (English)

  • Thanks for the contribution and welcome to GraphicDesign! Let us know if you have any questions Feb 7, 2015 at 6:25

There is another script that has worked, in some cases better, for me. The interface is in chinese (i think), but is pretty self explanatory. Works in a similar matter to the script mentioned before:

Multi-Page PDF Loader 4 AI v2.5.jsx


You can place the multi page PDF as a link in Illustrator and change the pages using import options.

Just use File > Place > Show Import Options

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