24 Jan in  How-to tutorials

How to Add Shapes to a PDF: Arrows, Circles, Squares, Clouds, and More

 
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how to add shapes to a pdfPDF files hold an array of editing capabilities, from text editing to form field customization. While many of you may have already known about editing text, or inserting images, did you know that you can also add and customize an array of shapes?

 

In this article, we’re going to be teaching you how to add shapes to a PDF using Soda PDF. Learn how to add different shapes and how to fully customize them!

 

Shapes in Soda PDF

Before learning how to add shapes to a PDF, you may be wondering why you need shapes? Although the obvious answer could be: “Because they look cool” – they can actually be used for a certain purpose.

 

Firstly, Soda PDF has a range of different shapes available:

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - all shapes

You can use shapes to:

1. Annotate documents

2. Measure distances

3. Highlights passages

4. Add interest

5. Draw attention to an object

 

You get the gist! Now let’s get into how to add shapes to a PDF.

 

How to Add Shapes to a PDF

Adding shapes is quite simple. All different shapes are added using the same method.

 

1.Make sure Soda PDF is in Edit mode before inserting your shapes. Then, go to the Review tab and make your way to the Shapes.

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - review tab

 

2. Click on the Shape button and click on the shape you wish to add. Then click anywhere on your document to add and form your shape.

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - add shape

 

3. And voila! Now you know how to add shapes to a PDF. All shapes are added the same way.

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - add arrow shape

Now let’s move on to some more advanced properties.

 

How to Customize Shapes

Knowing how to add shapes to a PDF is a great way to spice up your documents, but the fun doesn’t end there!

 

You can also customize your shapes by adding color, text, links and more. Here’s how:

 

1. Right-click on the shape you wish to customize and choose Properties from the drop-down menu. This will open the Properties Panel.

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - properties panel

2. To customize appearance, go to the Appearance From there you can change the style, width, color, opacity, blend mode and fill color.

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - format appearance

 

How to Add a Cloud Shape

The release of Soda PDF 11 brings along a new feature: the cloud shape.

 

The Cloud can be used to measure distances, it can be drawn around items or text, or can be used to add comments. The special thing about the cloud shape is that, well, look at it, it’s a cloud!

 

To add a cloud shape:

1. Go to the Review tab and choose Draw Cloud from the Shapes

2. Click anywhere on your document and begin shaping your cloud by choosing its points. Watch the GIF below to see what we mean:

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - draw cloud

 

As with other shapes, you can customize your cloud’s appearance by right-clicking on your cloud and selecting Properties from the drop-down menu:

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - customize cloud

To find more about Soda PDF 11, check out our blog post here.

 

How to Add Comments to Shapes

Just like you can with text, Soda PDF allows you to add comments to your shapes!

To add a comment to your shape:

1. Right click on your desired shape and choose Add/ Edit comment from the drop-down menu.

2. Right your comment in the comment box and click “Apply.”

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - add comment

3. You can view, edit, and even reply to comments at any time by clicking on the shape!

How to Add Shapes to a PDF - reply to comment

How to Rotate Shapes

Soda PDF 11 allows you to rotate the shapes that you add to your PDF documents. The only shapes you cannot rotate are ovals and rectangles.

 

You can rotate shapes using the same method you would use to resize them. Click on your shape, then hover over the shape’s bounding box until you see the rotate icon and rotate to your desired angle.

How to Add Shapes to a PDF -rotate shapes

This way, your arrows can point in any direction you need!

 

Now that you know how to add shapes to your PDF, the possibilities are endless. Spruce up your documents with stars and clouds because, well, you can!

 

View our past video tutorial on shapes:

– How to Add Shapes to Your Document Using Soda PDF

– How to Customize the Appearance of Shapes Using Soda PDF

or

– How to Measure the Area of a Shape Using Soda PDF

– How to Measure the Perimeter of a Shape Using Soda PDF

 

Download Soda PDF to start playing around with shapes!

 

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