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?


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 '14 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 – Carlos Canto Dec 5 '14 at 7:56
  • The link broke, who would have guessed? New URL: aiscripts.com/open-multipage-pdf – Lachlan Arthur Mar 27 '15 at 2:06
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    This does work with CC15, fortunately for my sanity. Thank you, @CarlosCanto, for your plugin! – Lauren-Reinstate-Monica-Ipsum Aug 1 '15 at 17:51
  • Thank you! Working without a problem on my Illustrator CS6. – Lorgen GR Magpantay Nov 26 '15 at 13:23

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 – Zach Saucier Feb 7 '15 at 6:25

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.


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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