OCR PDFs and photos

Send photographs and PDFs to OCR to make them readable and searchable.

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  • Scan it in

    Scan it in

    Upload PDFs or images into Lumin’s OCR tool to make the content readable and searchable. It’ll even read text in images.
  • OCR image to text

    OCR image to text

    Use OCR to turn a photo of handwritten notes into digitized text, making it easier to edit and annotate.
  • Read and edit

    Read and edit

    Once digitized, you can use Lumin’s tools to highlight phrases, comment or add shapes and images.

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How to use OCR on a PDF


Sign up

Create a Lumin account, if you don't already have one. Sign in and select the OCR tool.


Upload docs

Upload a scanned document via Lumin storage, Google Drive or Dropbox; or simply drag it in from your desktop. 


Download and go

All done! Your document will be ready to edit or download once the OCR process is finished. 

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Frequently asked questions

  • How do I use Lumin?

    Lumin works on your browser, or you can download our desktop app and keep Lumin handy on your computer. We’ve also got a mobile and tablet app which includes our most popular features.

  • Is Lumin free?

    Lots of our tools are free! You can draw on PDFs, comment on them, add text, signatures and images; all the basics are covered. Our paid plans expand your toolkit: create fillable fields, edit PDF text or use OCR technology. Discover our plans to learn which one is the right fit for you.

  • Can I use OCR with other file formats?

    Optical character recognition (OCR) allows you to edit text on scanned documents, using text conversion technology. The OCR feature works on both PDFs and JPEGs, and you can use our Convert tool to make any document a PDF.