Unknown Imaging Construct Work-Around

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Mar 09, 2022 Mar 09, 2022

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I'm using Adobe Illustrator 26.0.3 on a 2013 Mac Pro using Monterey v. 12.2.1. I work with a lot of client provided PDFs which I'll typically need to bring into illustrator to convert certain colors to Pantones for printing purposes. Sometimes when opening one of these PDFs I'll come across the error "an unknown imaging construct was encountered" and opening Illustrator to find most or all of the text blocked out and uneditable, similar to a rastered image. Is there a work-around that would allow me to edit the colors as needed?

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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Use Acrobat for tasks like this. Probably together with appropriate prepress tools.

 

Illustrator is not a general purpose PDF editor. You will always risk losing something.

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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As Monika suggested, check out the editing features in Acrobat. Here's a video about some of the editing features: http://www.jeffwitchel.net/2015/08/edit-pdfs-like-never-before-in-acrobat-dc/

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