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Topic: Redacting images possible?
Conf: (P-PDF) Acrobat 6.0, Msg: 104782
From: arsesq
Date: 1/28/2004 01:27 PM

As a lawyer, I use Acrobat to organize images of documents I have to give to outsiders pursuant to subpoena. Sometimes these documents have parts which are confidential. Those parts must be blocked out somehow. This process is called "redacting" the document.

I could, of course, make a xerox copy of the original, block out the text with a magic marker, and then scan that. But it would be much nicer just to scan the original document and do the redacting within Acrobat.

I have found that the Pencil tool, used at its widest, and colored black with 100% opacity, does the trick. But each time I use the Pencil tool I have to reset the width and color. How can I get those settings to stick, or make them the default?

Or is there a better way to block out parts of an image? Remember that the image is a single object, so deleting an object does me no good. And text touchup is no help, since I'm dealing with images.

By the way, I assume that when I choose "locked" it means the recipient can't erase my markings and see what lies beneath. If not, how can I keep that from happening?


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