PDF OCR easy as ABC

Make scanned PDFs readable and searchable.

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  • Scan it in

    Scan it in

    Upload scanned documents directly into Lumin’s OCR tool to make the content readable and searchable. It’ll even read text in images.
  • Convert written to digital

    Convert written to digital

    Upload your handwritten notes and use Lumin’s OCR to transfer it 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

Head to Lumin Tools, a sub-site of Lumin, and create a free account. Select the OCR tool.


Upload docs

Hit ‘Get Started’. Upload a scanned document via Google Drive or Dropbox, or simply drag it in from your desktop.


Download and go

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

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is Lumin vs Lumin Tools?

    Lumin Tools is a sub-site of Lumin hosting more advanced editing features such as the PDF Unlocker tool, OCR reader, Convert, Compress and more. Both sites are completely free to use.

  • Is Lumin free?

    Sure is! 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: you can edit PDF text, redact information, create fillable fields and much more. Discover our plans to learn which one is the right fit for you.

  • Can I use OCR with other file formats?

    The OCR feature only works on PDFs. If your document is in another format, use our Convert tool first to make it a PDF.