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How can I erase pencil/pen marks on a pdf using Acrobat 11?

Jan 21, 2013 2:15 PM

Tags: #pdf #erase #pencil

I have googled this question with no success. I know that you can erase pencil marks made with the pencil tool in Acrobat, but I need to erase physical pencil marks from a scanned document.

I know that I can use Photoshop to erase, but I have seen an eraser tool in far inferior pdf programs! Can anyone tell me if this is even possible to do with Acrobat 11?

Thank you for your time!

 
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    Jan 21, 2013 2:31 PM   in reply to Kazamario

    Your best option is probably the Redaction tool in Acrobat Pro.

     
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    Jan 21, 2013 5:14 PM   in reply to Kazamario

    The redaction won't do it.

     

    If you were on a Mac I would recommend a Graphic program called GraphicConverter. You could open the PDF in GraphicConverter and remove the pencil marks. Then you can resave as a PDF.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 12:51 AM   in reply to Kazamario

    Acrobat is not an image editor. The Redaction tool can be used to remove such marks but for anything more complex you'll need to edit the image in an external application.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 1:32 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    And if you have Photoshop, Acrobat can directly run Photoshop to do that image editing. (No longer sure which tool does that in Acrobat XI).

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 7:06 AM   in reply to Kazamario

    Perhaps Adobe take the view that they already have the world's best bitmap editor, and you can use it from Acrobat - so why add a second rate bitmap editor to Acrobat?

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 7:54 AM   in reply to Kazamario

    I could tell you for many versions of Acrobat, but not Acrobat XI, where the tools have been rearranged.

    There is no need to exit, they do integrate. And that is what workflow is about, surely, cooperation between programs rather than trying to shoe-horn all functionality into one...

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 8:36 AM   in reply to Kazamario

    Acrobat 11 allows you to specify a non-Photoshop external image editor, unlike previous versions, but that doesn't mean all image editors will work necessarily. Have you tried using the redaction tool? I use it on occasion for this type of thing.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 8:47 AM   in reply to Kazamario

    I can see the meeting now.  "Let's add this function to Acrobat" "Great idea - what is it for" "So people don't need to buy Photoshop". It's not a sale I could make.

     

    Anyway, there have now been two people suggesting an alternative - redaction. Designed for people like governments and solicitors who have to remove sensitive information from documents, perhaps - provided it can be replaced with just white - it is what you need.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 9:39 AM   in reply to Kazamario

    The color can be whatever you want, including white.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 9:45 AM   in reply to Kazamario

    Try: Edit > Preferences > Touchup > Choose Image Editor

     

    That's for Acrobat 9. I'm not at my Acrobat 11 machine at the moment, but it should be something similar.

     
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    Jan 22, 2013 9:47 AM   in reply to George Johnson

    In Acrobat XI it's under: Edit - Prefs. - Content Editing - Image Editor.

     
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