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Selectively Blank Out Amounts in PDF

Selectively Blank Out Amounts in PDF

Selectively Blank Out Amounts in PDF

I am using Adobe Acrobat, version 10.1.5.

I have certain documents that I would like to blank out certain amounts, but in a nice clean way. They have been scanned by our photo-copier/scanner.

I do not want to type over these amounts, as it looks unprofessional. The recipient is not expecting anything fancy and they do understand that certain amounts should be blanked out.

Is there a way to do this in Adobe? can someone please help me out?

RE: Selectively Blank Out Amounts in PDF

What is your definition of "blank out"?

Some people attempt to cover up an area. But this area can be uncovered with the right PDF tools.

The safest way to blank out or redact a scanned document is to edit the image in your image editor. In Acrobat, bring up the tools panel and look in the Content section. Then select the Edit Object tool. Right click on the scanned image you need to redact and choose "Edit Image...". From there, your associated paint program should start up and you can paint out the private information.

RE: Selectively Blank Out Amounts in PDF

Thanks SpamJim. I am referring to blank out as in erasing an amount completely and leaving that space as blank. I do not want to do a "XXXXXX" over top of the amount. That looks sloppy and unprofessional.

When I apply your suggestion I do not see an Edit Object tool as you describe it. My only options are Edit Document Text, or Add or Edit Text Box. I do not see Edit Image anywhere.

Do you know have any other suggestions?

RE: Selectively Blank Out Amounts in PDF

Sorry - I am using Pro... you may be using Standard.

Here's another method:
Save image files from the PDF file (File menu->Save As...->Image). Acrobat will save each page as a separate image file.

Open those files in your image editor and remove (paint out) private data.

Then return to Acrobat to re-assemble those image files into a single PDF file (File menu->Create->Combine files into a single PDF).

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