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Placing multiple PDF pages into Illustrator document

New Here ,
Feb 27, 2020 Feb 27, 2020

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I'm familiar with placing multiple pages from a pdf into an Illustrator document, using the Place dialog/Import Options window, however when I tried to do it today I only got the option to select a single page at a time. From memory, I was expecting a checkbox below that, to select a range of or all pages (as described at https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/importing-pdf-files.html).

 

Is this something that has changed/moved in the latest update, or are there limitations that mean the option may not be available for all PDF files?

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Community Expert , Feb 28, 2020 Feb 28, 2020

When you did choose to Place the PDF did you select Show Import Options?

Or did you want to Open, which will give you a full range of options.

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Community Expert , Feb 29, 2020 Feb 29, 2020

There is a Place option dialog, but it only allows you to select a single page.

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Feb 27, 2020 Feb 27, 2020

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Which version of Illustrator are you using?

Maybe there are multiple on your computer?

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This is using the latest, 24.0.2, which is the only version I have installed

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When you did choose to Place the PDF did you select Show Import Options?

Or did you want to Open, which will give you a full range of options.

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Perhaps that's the issue - I thought I remembered it working with either command, but indeed if I use Open instead the option is there, whereas with Place it isn't. Has it ever worked with Place or am I mis-remembering things?

 

I ended up using Open to get all the linked objects in a new file, then copying and pasting them into my existing file, but having the option of that checkbox in the Place workflow as well would be much simpler.

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There is a Place option dialog, but it only allows you to select a single page.

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Feb 12, 2021 Feb 12, 2021

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Hi Tom,

 

I'm having a similar issue too. Is there a way to place multiple artboards in illustrator? I have "show import options" checked; however, it does not allow me to select the pages or artboards I want to place all at once. I used to be able to do this on a PC but have now switched to a Mac but I find it odd that this feature is not available. 

Thank you in advance! 

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Feb 12, 2021 Feb 12, 2021

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You can open the Illustrator file with the multiple artboards,

With the Artboard tool selected do a Select All.

Copy and Paste into another document.

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New Here ,
Jul 07, 2023 Jul 07, 2023

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You can use the "Open" command to place all the pages of a PDF into a new document as links, then copy them all and place them into your original document. Seems like a roundabout way to do this, but better than having to re-open a multi-page PDF for each page.

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Jul 07, 2023 Jul 07, 2023

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As has been mentioned by Ton 2 years ago.

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