We covered the editing of multiple text annotation styles in a previous article. In this issue, we will be showing you how to edit the properties of other types of annotations and how mixing types affects the options available.
You can edit the style of a non-text annotation, often called a markup, by selecting it and pressing F3, just like a text annotation. These markups include pens, markers, lines, arrows, shapes and some stamps.
Each type of annotation or markup will have a different set of style options that can be changed. For example, the marker tool options are the color, the line width and pressure sensitivity for pen tablet entry.
When you click on a tool in the toolbar, you will see the style options available in the options bar underneath. However, three options – auto-smooth, snap line to 45° angles and the resize maintaining aspect ratio – will not be available in any of the style edit options, since those make only sense while creating new annotations.
You can select and edit several markup annotations simultaneously in the same ways as we discussed in the issue concerning editing text annotation styles. However, there are three important things to remember when selecting the markups for style editing:
Most stamps are images and will not allow any style editing, so it is best not to include them in the selection. However, there are three exceptions:
I have two bonus tips for you today. One is about using pressure sensitivity and the other concerns drawing lines at specific angles.
If you have a pen tablet that allows pressure sensitivity, PDF Annotator 4 can recognize it. If you have the pressure sensitivity icon off for the pen or marker, editing the style will allow you to restore the sensitivity for the selected markups. PDF Annotator 4 remembers how you drew the lines.
One exception is when you use the auto-smooth feature and draw a straight line.
Even when editing the style to include pressure sensitivity, the line will stay the same width.
There is an easy way to make sure your lines and arrows are lined up perfectly horizontal, vertical or at a 45° angle. Turn on this feature by activating the option icon that looks like a carpenter’s square. This will force the line or arrow to draw along the correct angle.