PDF OCR in 1-2-3.

Use Lumin's free PDF OCR to make scanned text readable and searchable.
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Try Lumin’s free PDF OCR tool.

  • Scan it in

    Scan it in

    Once you’ve scanned a document, you can upload it 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

    Got a bunch of handwritten notes? Upload your scanned PDF document and use Lumin’s OCR to transfer it into digitized text, making it easier to edit or annotate.

  • Read and edit

    Read and edit

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

  • Scan it in

    Scan it in

    Once you’ve scanned a document, you can upload it 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

    Got a bunch of handwritten notes? Upload your scanned PDF document and use Lumin’s OCR to transfer it into digitized text, making it easier to edit or annotate.

  • Read and edit

    Read and edit

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

  • Scan it in

    Scan it in

    Once you’ve scanned a document, you can upload it 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

    Got a bunch of handwritten notes? Upload your scanned PDF document and use Lumin’s OCR to transfer it into digitized text, making it easier to edit or annotate.

  • Read and edit

    Read and edit

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

Do more doing with Lumin.
Use OCR for free.

How to use OCR on a PDF

  • 1. Sign up

    Head to luminpdf.com/tools (a sub-site of Lumin) and create a free account, if you haven’t already. Select the ‘OCR’ tool from the toolbar.

  • 2. Upload docs

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

  • 3. Download and go

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

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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 Unlock tool, OCR reader, Convert, Compress and more. Both sites are completely free to use.

  • 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.

  • 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.