Crop Pages

In this article we'll take a closer look at how the Crop Page feature in PDF Annotator 3 works.

Why would you want to crop a page?

Have you ever seen documents containing more white space around some centered text blocks, than actual text? You may want to crop such pages to reduce them to their content areas. PDF Annotator provides ways to crop single pages, as well as selections of pages, or all pages in a document.
Below is an example that doesn't remove margins, but crops a section of a page to make it stand out.

Freehand Cropping of Single Pages

There are two ways to crop pages. If you only want to crop a single page, here's the quickest way to do so:

  1. Select the Crop tool.
  2. Select any rectangular region on your current page.
  3. That's it! Your page has been cropped to your selection.

Hint: If you want to maintain your page's aspect ratio, check the Select with page aspect ratio button between step (1) and (2). Alternatively, keep the CTRL key pressed while selecting. Or press the ALT key to keep the ratio, but in portrait instead of landscape mode (and vice versa). Or press SHIFT to select a square. Options, options, options!

Cropping Multiple Pages

In some situations, you may want to crop all pages in a document, for example to get rid of unnecessary margins like in the picture below. You can also apply your crop settings to a pre-selected series of pages, or to a range of pages in the document:

  1. Select the Crop tool.
  2. Select Crop Pages....
  3. Enter the Crop Margins to cut away from each side of the page(s).
  4. Select All to crop all pages in the document, Selected Pages for the page(s) currently selected (you can select multiple pages in the Page Manager on the sidebar), or a custom page range.

One more note

Please be aware that the content you cropped from pages will still be part of your document. It can be recovered at any time by returning to the Crop Pages window.

In our next article, we'll look into Adding Margins to PDF Pages.