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PDF files offer users a convenient and efficient way of handling documents, especially in office settings. One of the many tasks that can be performed on a PDF file is changing the document’s color scheme. For instance, different color schemes can be used to describe different parts of an architectural document that vary across a single document. Additionally, some people may want to change the color of the background on their PDF reports, eBooks, or other PDF files when the default white color of the pages puts undue strain on the eyes. Others may simply want to change the color of their PDF files for purely aesthetic purposes. Now let’s learn how to color PDF files.

Part 1Best PDF Color Editor

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Wondershare PDFelement (PDFelement for Mac) is a feature-filled PDF editing and modification tool that not only allows you change the color of your PDF file, but also allows you to play with over a dozen other features of PDF files. At the basic level, you can change the size, color, and other elements of text and images without compromising on the general structure of the document.

PDFelement also rocks some advanced features that are rarely found in one application. It can be used to convert files into PDF format or even combine multiple file formats into one large PDF file. You can also convert PDF to many other poplar file formats such as Microsoft Office, EPUB, Images and more. Even if you are handling scanned PDF, the OCR feature will easily turn it into searchable and editable files.

Part 2The Steps for Colouring PDF

That said, how do you go about adding colors to your files? We have put together the following guide to help you add color to the background on your PDF file. Before you begin, ensure you have installed PDFelement.

Step 1. Launch PDFelement

After PDFelement is installed on your computer, launch it on your computer. The application launches with a default start window that prompts you to upload a file or select a recently used PDF file if you used the application before. Select the file from your computer's storage by selecting "Open File".

Step 2. Start Colouring in PDF

Once the document is loaded onto the workspace, the editing and modification tools will become active. On the top menu bar, locate and select the "Edit" tab to reveal multiple options for editing the document. Click the "Background" option and select "New Background" from the drop-down menu to change the color of your background.

Step 3. Customize the Color Options

On the Add Background properties box, you will get different options for modifying the background, including the color. By default, the color is set to transparent. Click the color bar to reveal a drop-down color menu and select a suitable color. The preview box shows you how the document will look like with the new color.

You can add different colors to different pages by selecting the appropriate page to color just below the preview box. Alternatively, you can also assign one color to multiple pages by selecting the range of pages to color. You can change other attributes of your background under the Appearance section if you need to.

Step 4. Save the Edited PDF File

Once you are done making the color changes on the file, click "OK" to apply the changes. On the top menu, click "File" and select "Save As" to save your file. You can also easily modify the color and other attributes of your document in case you have a change of heart later. .

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Published: Jul 01,2016 13:54 pm / Updated: May 03,2017 17:15 pm

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