How to draw on a PDF.

Don’t waste time trying to explain complex PDF markups with words. Learn how to draw on PDFs and make your meaning crystal clear.

A picture is worth a thousand words. When marking up PDFs, a simple drawing can sometimes explain things much more effectively than a long-winded text comment. For example, if you need to tell an editor to move an image on a page, you can show the new location clearly with a drawing.

But how exactly do you draw on PDFs? You don’t need an image editor — you can easily do it with Adobe Acrobat.

Draw on any PDF document.

  1. Launch Acrobat and select File > Open to bring up your PDF.
  2. From the menu bar on the right, select Comment.
  3. Select the marker icon in the Comment toolbar to activate the Draw Free Form tool.
  4. Draw on the PDF. You can change line color, thickness, and opacity in the Comment toolbar.
  5. Once you’re finished, save your PDF.

Draw on PDFs anywhere with an online tool.

If you’re away from your computer, don’t worry. You can draw on PDFs just as easily with Acrobat online services. Navigate to the PDF editor, upload your PDF, and draw your markings with the Drawing tool. When you’re finished, simply download your document.

Find out about other ways to work with PDFs online, and discover what more you can do with Acrobat to convert, share, and send PDFs.