Create Multiple Identical Links with with PDF Forms
February 13, 2003
Using the full version of Acrobat 5 it's quite simple to copy graphics from one PDF page to another or even between PDFs. Here's how. We'll use Acrobat's own PDF documentation as an example.
Start Acrobat 5.
Go to Help > Acrobat Help.
On the toolbar with the movie frames, chainlinks, squigglyarrow, etc, notice that the last button on the right has a downward pointing triangle. Click this to open up several more choices; pick the TouchUp Object Tool. (Next to which I see it just says T, meaning that I could have just told you to press T and saved a yard and a half of typing. Sigh. But this is how you learn, grasshopper. Note the other keyboard shortcuts, then we'll move on.)
Click the graphic to select it. If it's composed of multiple elements, or if you want to copy multiple items at once, you can marquee select them or Shift+Click to select multiple objects one at a time.
Press Ctrl+C (Mac users, Mac+C) or go to Edit > Copy.
Now go to another page in the same PDF or open another PDF, go to where you want to insert the graphic you just copied and go to Edit > Paste or press Ctrl+V (Mac users, Mac+V) to paste the graphic.
OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.