How to translate images in a PDF file?
Thread poster: Ziad Marzouka

Ziad Marzouka  Identity Verified
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Feb 24, 2006


I am currently translating a huge PDF file with lots of images (machines, machine parts etc.), I need to translate the text in these images but I am having lots of trouble doing that. Does anyone have an easy solution for that?
I don't have much experience with PDF files, but I think that the text in the images is editable, as I was able to copy and paste.
Any kind of help is much appreciated! Thanks!


Parrot  Identity Verified
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A couple of rough solutions Feb 24, 2006

1. Process the images through Paint or Photoshop, either erasing the original text and overwriting, or writing the translation under the original. It takes more time than simply writing a Word or TXT file, so you may want to bill that at a different rate. The advantage of this is that your work may be used directly in the finished product.

2. Figure out where the text falls in the framework of a grid and create a table based on that grid, so that the translated text will stay in place. This is a possible solution if the images are in a format you cannot process.



maciejm  Identity Verified
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The way I did it Feb 24, 2006

I had a similar problem only last week and what I did was to copy each image (with Graphic Select Tool) and paste it into a separate Word file, as when I pasted it in a single file, that file was difficult to work with.
Then, in each doc file I made a table with two columns (English and Polish) and translated the appropriate descriptions. Needless to add I gave each image a number and in the main text I just wrote "Fig. X should be put here".

I think that is as much as you can do being a translator, not an editor or publisher, of the text.


CSsys (X)
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Editing Portable Document Contents Feb 24, 2006

I agree with Parrot. You do not need to edit the images, this must be done by the illustrator. I have translated several materials for publishing houses (great package of illustrations included with explanation), but I have never edited the image text content.
You have to export the Portable Document (pdf) content to a Word document (modality presented by our collegue, Mr. Maciej M.) or you can opt for a pdf-file converter, like pdf2doc or Abby Pdf to Document converter, or the Adobe Acrobat, using the "save as word document (.doc)".So the Adobe Acrobat 7 or earlier edition will export all the content of this file in a Word Document.
You can make an "image content glossary" (appendix), so you will be able to add the source words and the translated terminology to it.
If you have enough time to finalize this translation, you can edit all the images by using the Adobe Illustrator or the Adobe Photoshop software, or other image editing programs, like Corel Draw, Paint Shop Pro or the easiest ACD SEE. If you use the Adobe Pagemaker or the Adobe Acrobat software, you can put back all the (translated/adapted content) into the original form.


Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Gimp 2 Feb 24, 2006


You can use Gimp 2. It'a an Open Source Image Editor that has many advanced features and, of course, it's absolutely free. It's also very easy to use, although it has a short learning curve.

Good luck,


[Edited at 2006-02-24 15:58]


tlmurray (X)
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Editing graphics in PDFs Feb 24, 2006

Of course, if you have full Acrobat Pro, you can edit the image in, say, Photoshop or Illustrator, and there is also an Export Images tool, but it gives you bitmap formats only.

If you know someone with a Mac, a very cool tool is called File Juicer, at; it has become a valuable tool for me.


Józef Kwasniak
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Editing graphics Feb 25, 2006

This is the way I do it:

I copy each image (with Graphic Select Tool) and paste it into the Word document.

Then I place text frames on the image to cover the original text.

Finaly I add translated text into the text frames.

You can also group the imaga and the text frames when translation is finished.



Ziad Marzouka  Identity Verified
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Thanks!! Feb 26, 2006

I would like to thank everyone who participated in this thread, your answers were really helpful. I was able to export all the pictures from the PDF file, and then I edited the text using Photoshop. Thanks again!


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