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I'm doing a map for one of my classes; I download a PDF and opened it in Illustrator, but all the highways are made up of a few thousand segments. I need to symbolize a lot of the highways differently so selecting them is quit a tedious task.

I guess the PDF was exported from Arc cause I've run into this before, but that time the highways could be drawn the same and I could just select the highways I needed throught Arc.

Is there any way to select by attributes in Illustrator or something so I don't have to spend a lot of time getting the data organized?

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Run Rick Johnson's concatenate plug-in within Illustrator or go back to the Shapefile and dissolve your line segments and simplify them before exporting from the GIS.

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Yeah, if i had the shape file, I'd probably dissolve them, but I'm working with a PDF file I downloaded. Thanks for the tip about the plug-in, definitely cool, wish I knew about it before.

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You can select by stroke weight or stroke color. If they all came across the same stroke/color then you are in tough shape.

The lines need to be classified by whatever attribute and given either a different stoke weight or color in Arc before exporting to PDF. You'll still end-up with many little segments - but at least you'll be able to separate them and give them their respective symbols.

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How do I select by stroke weight in Illustrator?

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Select -> Same -> Stroke Weight

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Beautiful! Thanks so much! I've only been using Illustrator a few months, still learning...

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I've only been using Illustrator a few months, still learning...

You have to start sometime - good luck!

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