Graphic images can be placed as markups on PDFs. The source of the image can be an existing file on a local or network drive, a photo taken from an attached camera, or a scanned image from an attached scanner. To create an image from a snapshot of the PDF, see the Snapshot tool.
There are three ways to place an image markup with the main differences being the source of the image: from a file saved to a local or network drive, from a camera attached to the device, or from a scanner attached to the device. The resulting markup will behave the same regardless of the source.
- Go to Tools > Markup > Image
> From Fileor press I on the keyboard. The Open dialog box appears.
Select the desired image file and click Open.
- To place the image at its default size, click the image tool cursor on the document.
- To force the image to fit a particular space, click and drag a rectangle with the image tool cursor.
Go to Tools > Markup > Image > Image from Camera or press CTRL+ALT+I.The camera preview window appears.
- If more than one camera is attached to the device, click Switch to toggle between them, if desired.
- To change the camera preferences before capturing the image, click Preferences.
- Click Shutter to capture the media.
- To use the resulting image, click Use. Otherwise, click Retake to attempt to capture the image again.
- Go to Tools > Markup > Image > Image from Scanner or press SHIFT+I.
- Select the scanner from the Select Source dialog box that appears and click Select.
- A dialog box for the selected scanner appears and a scan preview is automatically generated. Do one of the following:
- Click Cancel to abort the process.
- Click New Scan to generate a new preview.
- Click Accept to use the current scan. The scan is taken at this point.
- Click the image tool cursor on the document to place the image at its full size. To force the image to fit a particular space, click and drag a rectangle.
You can add an action to nearly any markup. Simply right-click the markup and select Edit Action to open the Action dialog box.
Markups might present with one or more of several indicator icons alerting users of certain conditions or attachments. These icon indicators appear below the markup to the right (or, in the case of grouped markups, below and to the right of the group) and include:
Action: Indicates that an action has been defined for this markup. Clicking this icon triggers the action.
Capture: Indicates that the markup has an embedded media, typically an image or video. Clicking this icon opens a preview window showing the embedded media (or first piece of media, if multiple are embedded) and provides easy access to several useful tools.
Reply: Indicates the existence of one or more replies to the markup in the Markups list. Hovering over the icon previews the replies and clicking it opens the Markups list (if it's not already open) and jumps directly to the markup's entry there. Users can turn off the ability to see reply indicators in the View menu.
Select a markup to reveal its control handles. Each handle controls a different aspect of the markup's size and orientation.
To rotate the markup, click and drag the orange handle outside the markup (when the markup is first placed, it will be at the top). By default, the markup is rotated in increments of 15°; to rotate in increments of 1°, hold down SHIFT while dragging.
The rotation can also be entered in the Rotation field found in the Layout section of the Properties panel.
To resize the markup, click and drag the appropriate yellow handle.
- Use the side control handles (yellow squares) to stretch or compress the markup in a single direction.
- Use the corner control handles (yellow circles) to scale the markup up or down in multiple directions.
See Editing Markups for more information.
The appearance of the Image markup is configurable, including its outline style, line width and color,
To change the appearance of an Image markup, select it and click the Properties panel.
Color: Sets the color of the outline.
Crop: Click to Crop the image.
Fill Color: Sets the color of the interior fill of the image. Note that the Opacity needs to be reduced in order to see the effects of this setting.
Mask Color: Set this value to make a certain color of the image completely transparent. Any pixel in the image that is the defined Mask Color will pass through any underlying colors on the PDF through the image so that the portion of the image will appear transparent. For example, setting this value to white when you have an image on a white background and are placing on a black-and-white PDF will let the underlying PDF content show through the background, as in the example below. Set the Mask Tolerance by pressing the up/down controls to fine tune the sensitivity in which the underlying content shows through the mask color for the image. Increasing this setting tends to give a smoother appearance so that the image appears more natural in the PDF.
Opacity: Sets the level of transparency of the Image. Reducing this from the value of 100 will let the underlying PDF be seen through the image. If a Fill Color is set, the image will take on the color as defined in the Fill Color Setting.
Line Width: Sets the thickness of the line surrounding the image in points.
Style: Determines the type of line used to surround the image annotation.
When Style is set to Cloud, the Size and Invert settings are also available.
Size: Sets the width of the cloud segments.
Invert: Inverts the cloud segments inward on the shape.
Size = 2.00
Size = 1.00 and Inverted
Encoding: Determines the method for saving the Image once it has been embedded in the PDF. The available choices are ZIP or JPEG. In general, ZIP is better for graphics, and JPEG is better for photos.
An image preview window shows a thumbnail version of the image. Double-click on the thumbnail to swap the image for another image.