How to Convert .Pdf to .Ai

By Marina Martin

Adobe PDF files (Portable Document Files) are generally used to share high-resolution documents containing both text and images. Unlike other document file formats, like Microsoft Word documents, PDFs maintain their original fonts, colors and spacing, so everyone viewing the document sees the same thing no matter what monitor size or computer platform is being used. AI files are Adobe Illustrator files; Illustrator is used to create and edit high-resolution vector graphics. While Illustrator is not designed to be a PDF editor, it is possible to convert PDF files into AI files.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

Launch Adobe Illustrator.

Step 2

Go to "File," then "Open" and select the PDF file you wish to convert to an AI file.

Step 3

Once open, go to "File," then "Save As" and change the file type to an AI file.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you ever intentionally create a PDF file in Adobe Illustrator, make sure you check the "Save for Editability" box when you save it. This will give you more editing options if you open that PDF file in the future in Illustrator.
  • Since Adobe Illustrator is not intended for PDF editing, you may find you are unable to edit fonts or text after the conversion. For more advanced editing capabilities, use a true PDF editor like Adobe Acrobat.