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Add Shapes to Acrobat CS5 PDF Documents

You can easily add clouds, ovals, rectangles, and other shapes to a document in Adobe Acrobat Creative Suite 5 by using the drawing tools in the Comment & Markup toolbar. Access this toolbar by clicking the Comment option in the Tasks toolbar. You can then choose Show the Comment & Markup Tools.

You can also access the Comment & Markup toolbar by choosing View→ Toolbars→Comment & Markup.

The Comment & Markup toolbar in Acrobat Creative Suite 5.
The Comment & Markup toolbar in Acrobat Creative Suite 5.

There are three shape tools in the Comment & Markup toolbar. Use these tools to add ovals, rectangles, and other shapes to your PDF file. These shapes can call attention to specific portions of a document.

To use the Cloud Shape tool, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Cloud Shape tool from the Comment & Markup toolbar.

  2. Click in your document to begin the shape.

  3. Click again in another position to set the length of the first part of the cloud and then click again to begin shaping your cloud.

    Click as often as you like to create your shape.

  4. When you’re finished with your shape, double-click to close the cloud shape.

  5. While the Cloud Shape tool is selected, click the shape you created and drag the corner points to resize, if necessary.

  6. After creating the cloud shape, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) the shape and choose Properties from the contextual menu to change the color and thickness of the line values; when you’re finished, click OK.

    You can also use the Style drop-down list in the Properties dialog box to change the appearance of a selected comment. Instead of the cloud edges, you can change them to dotted lines, dashed lines, and so on.

To use the rectangle and oval shapes, follow these steps:

  1. Select either the Rectangle or Oval Shape tool from the Comment & Markup toolbar.

  2. Click and drag in your document to draw the shape.

  3. While the drawing tool you chose is selected, click the shape you created and drag the corner points to resize, if necessary.

  4. After creating the shape, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) the shape and choose Properties from the contextual menu to change the color and thickness of the line values; when you’re finished, click OK.

    You can also use the Style drop-down list in the Properties dialog box to change the appearance of the shape.

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