How can I use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) with Lumin PDF?

Use the OCR tool to automatically make scanned documents readable and searchable.

NOTE: The OCR tool is not currently in the Lumin PDF app. It is here: https://tools.luminpdf.com/tools

TIP: The OCR tool works only on PDF documents.

Here's how to get a PDF version of a document you have scanned:

  • Scan a document into the JPG format, and then convert it to PDF using the Lumin PDF convert tool. (Or, you may have scanning software that can output a scanned document directly to PDF.)
  1. Login to the Document Tools web page: https://tools.luminpdf.com/tools
  2. Select OCR from the menu bar.

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  3. Click Get Started.
  4. Upload a PDF file to use OCR on.
    The tool automatically OCRs your document after uploading.
  5. Click Download file or save to your cloud storage by clicking the Google Drive or Dropbox icon.
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TIP: to test that your document is now readable and searchable, upload it to the Lumin PDF app, open it and use the Search function.

The search function is on the right of the toolbar.

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