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How to Use Drawing Markup Tools in Adobe Acrobat CS6

The Drawing Markups panel in Adobe Acrobat CS6 contains shape tools, line tools, pencil tools and other drawing tools. Use the drawing tools to add lines, ovals, rectangles, and other shapes to your PDF file to provide feedback and comments on a PDF document. These shapes can call attention to specific portions of a document and make it easy to provide visual feedback on PDF documents you are reviewing.

To use the Cloud Shape tool, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Cloud Shape tool from the Drawing Markups section of the Comment panel.

  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, or click back at the starting point of the cloud.

    Use the Selection tool found in the Toolbar well to click the shape you created and drag the corner points to resize, if necessary. You can also use the Selection tool after creating a cloud shape to change the color and thickness of the line values. To make these changes, using the Selection tool, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) the shape and choose Properties from the contextual menu.

    In the Polygon Properties window that opens, make the desired changes to the appearance. For example, you can 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. When you’re finished changing the appearance, click OK.

To use the rectangle- and oval-shaped Drawing Markup tools, follow these steps:

  1. Select either the Rectangle or Oval Shape tool from the Drawing Markups 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.

    You can also use the Selection tool if you’re having difficulty adjusting the shape or size of a previously created shape.

  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.

  5. When you’re finished, click OK.

    As with the cloud polygon, 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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