Make Your PDF Snapshots Stand Out

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I like the snapshot tool because it’s an easy way to copy and paste from a PDF. Unfortunately, snapshot annotations are limited in that you can’t assign them a fill or line color, style or adjust their opacity. Sometimes, this can make it difficult to see a snapshot on a PDF.

Can you find my snapshot?

Can you find my snapshot?

Luckily, there’s a very easy workaround to make snapshots stand out.

Now I can see the snapshot.

Now I can see the snapshot.

In the example above, I was able to call attention to the snapshot simply by placing a colored rectangle over it and reducing the rectangle’s opacity. If you don’t want to use a rectangle, you can use any other shape that allows for a fill color (ellipse, polygon or cloud).

I can also use other annotations, like arrows and text, to give further instructions.

An easy-to-see snapshot with additional instructions. I love it!

An easy-to-see snapshot with additional instructions. I love it!

And that’s it – a very simple workaround that “gives” additional properties to a snapshot. Try this trick out the next time you’re working with the snapshot tool. And remember to keep on PDF’ing!

-Karen


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