By Teddy CipollaWed. 04 Oct. 20233min Read

How to Draw on PDF in Effortless Ways

Find out how to draw on PDF in the most effortless way possible using PDF Reader Pro. We have all your PDF annotation needs inside!
How to Draw on PDF in Effortless Ways

With the annotation tools available in PDF Reader Pro, the sky's the limit for editing. Dive into this guide to learn the ins and outs of sketching on a PDF, the advantages of doing so, and some golden rules to remember.

Theodore Cipolla
B2B SaaS Content Marketer
Theodore is a B2B SaaS Content Marketer with over ten years of experience. He is passionate about helping professionals appreciate the value of tools quickly.



How to Draw on a PDF with Windows

Step 1: Launch your desired document in PDF Reader Pro.

Get your document ready for modifications by selecting "Open File" or simply dragging it into the user-friendly drop zone of our software.

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Step 2: Select "Tools" from the Menu Bar.

Four primary drawing tools are at your disposal for PDFs:

  • To highlight, select the yellow "A".
  • To underline, choose the green underlined "A".
  • For strikethrough, pick the "A" with a red line across it.
  • For doodling or sketches, use the pencil icon.

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Step 3: Select Your Preferred Pen Color.

Alter the color of your chosen PDF drawing tool by accessing the properties tab located on the upper right corner.

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Step 4: Select the "File" Option.

Select "Save" or "Save As" to effortlessly export your annotations and edits.

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How to Draw on a PDF with Mac

Step 1: Launch your document in PDF Reader Pro.

Load the document you wish to annotate on your preferred device by clicking on "Open File".

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Step 2: Select "Tools" from the top Menu Bar.

PDF Reader Pro offers four distinct drawing tools. Utilize these four PDF Drawing Tools to:

  • Highlight by selecting the yellow "A".
  • Underline using the green underlined "A".
  • Strike out text by choosing the "A" with a red line across.
  • For hand-drawn sketches, opt for the pencil icon.

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Step 3: Choose Your Desired Stylus Shade

Explore more settings and color variations by clicking the properties tab located in the upper right-hand side.

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Step 4: Effortlessly Store Your Annotations.

Select the "Files" option and choose either "Save" or "Save As" to export your edited document instantly.

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You can also check our resume resource on How to Draw on a PDF: Best Tools and Practices.

The annotation features in PDF Reader Pro are invaluable to me as a content writer, particularly when collaborating on projects.

These tools enable me to mark up text, add comments, and suggest revisions directly within the document, facilitating clear and efficient communication with editors and team members.

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B2B SaaS Content Marketer
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This capability enhances the review process, ensuring that all feedback is integrated accurately and swiftly, which is crucial for meeting deadlines and maintaining content quality. 

How to Draw on a PDF: FAQ

Can I use the drawing option on any online application?

Many online applications, especially online PDF editors, offer a drawing option. However, the functionality and depth of these tools might vary. For a more comprehensive experience, it's recommended to use specialized PDF drawing software or apps.

How does the PDF Drawing App work on an Android device?

The PDF Drawing App is designed to be mobile-friendly and is optimized for Android devices. Simply download the app, open your desired PDF, and use the built-in PDF editing tool, which includes various drawing options.

Are PDF Drawings editable in any online editor?

Most online editors, like online PDF editors, provide options to edit PDF Drawings. Look for an editor that offers an intuitive interface, ensuring a smooth editing process. Whether you need basic tools or more advanced options, ensure the editor supports the required functionalities.

What's the difference between a color tool and a cursor tool?

While a color tool allows you to change or pick the hue for your annotations or sketches, the cursor tool is primarily used to select, move, or adjust existing elements within the document.

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