How to Draw on PDF Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to draw on a PDF using a Mac. Drawing on a PDF can be useful for adding annotations, highlighting important information, or simply expressing your creativity. With the right tools and techniques, you can easily draw on any PDF document on your Mac.

Step 1: Open the PDF

To begin, open the PDF document you want to draw on. You can do this by double-clicking the PDF file or by right-clicking and selecting “Open With” followed by choosing a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Preview.

Step 2: Enable Markup Tools

Once the PDF is open, look for the Markup Tools option in your chosen PDF reader’s toolbar. This option typically looks like a pencil icon or may be found under a menu titled “View” or “Tools”. Click on it to enable the markup tools.


  • If you are using Adobe Acrobat Reader:
    • Click on the Comment icon in the toolbar to reveal the annotation tools.
  • If you are using Preview:
    • Click on the Show Markup Toolbar icon in the toolbar.

Step 3: Select Drawing Tool

Now that you have enabled the markup tools, it’s time to select a drawing tool. These tools allow you to draw freehand lines, shapes, arrows, and more. Look for an icon resembling a pen or pencil and click on it to reveal a dropdown menu of available drawing tools.


  • Pencil: The pencil tool is great for freehand drawing and sketching.
  • Shapes: The shapes tool allows you to draw perfect geometric shapes such as squares, circles, and triangles.
  • Text: The text tool enables you to add text boxes to your PDF document.

Step 4: Start Drawing

With your desired drawing tool selected, you can now start drawing on the PDF. Click and drag on the document to create your drawing. If you make a mistake or want to remove a drawing, most PDF readers provide an eraser tool or an undo option.

Step 5: Customize Your Drawings

To enhance your drawings, many PDF readers offer customization options. Look for options like color picker, line thickness adjustment, opacity control, or even predefined stamps and symbols. Experiment with these settings to make your drawings stand out.

Step 6: Save Your Changes

Once you are satisfied with your drawings, it’s important to save your changes. Go to the File menu and choose “Save” or “Save As” to save the modified PDF document. It is advisable to save a copy of the original document before making any changes.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to draw on a PDF using a Mac. Whether it’s adding annotations or expressing your creativity, drawing on a PDF can be a powerful way to interact with digital documents.

Note: Remember that some PDF readers may have slightly different interfaces or features. However, the basic steps discussed in this tutorial should work for most common PDF reader applications on Mac computers.

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