Editing Graphics

Editing Graphics

You can also use the TouchUp Object tool to access editing software for modifying graphics. For example, you can use the TouchUp Object tool to select a graphic, bring the graphic into Photoshop, and then save the modified version back into the PDF file. In other words, you can edit the graphics used in PDF documents, even if you do not have access to the original files.

To take a photographic file from Acrobat to edit in Photoshop, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) on a photographic image with the TouchUp Object tool, and then choose Edit Image from the contextual menu, as shown in Figure.

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    Figure: Selecting an image for editing.

    The image file opens in Adobe Photoshop.

  2. Using the many tools of Photoshop, make the necessary changes to the graphic, and then choose File®Save As.

    When you return to the PDF file in Acrobat, the graphic is automatically updated in the PDF document.

    If you have the original graphic file, it remains untouched — only the version used within the PDF file is modified. It isn’t necessary to have the original graphic file to perform these steps.

You can also use Acrobat to edit vector objects from within PDF files, such as those created using Adobe Illustrator. Just follow these steps:

  1. Select the TouchUp Object tool, right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) on a piece of vector artwork, and then choose Edit Object from the contextual menu (see Figure).

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    Figure: Use the Edit Object command to edit vector artwork, such as logos created using Adobe Illustrator.

    Note that Acrobat displays Edit Object in the contextual menu if it detects a vector object, while it displays Edit Image if it detects a bitmap image. Acrobat also displays Edit Objects (note the plural) if you have more than one object selected. Use this to help determine exactly which objects will be edited.

    When an object is selected for editing, the object opens for editing using Adobe Illustrator.

  2. Make the necessary changes in Illustrator, then choose File®Save.

    The graphic is updated in the PDF document.


Note that if Acrobat does not start Photoshop or Illustrator after choosing the Edit Image or Edit Object command, you may need to access preferences by choosing Edit®Preferences®Touch Up and then specify which programs should be used for editing images or objects.

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