This video screen capture shows you how to change my editable pdfs. It also covers setting up your home printer to get the best print results.
Change Editable PDFs…condensed version
Use a computer to make your changes – not a cellphone or tablet.
•See “Read Me” file in download for font(s) used. If fonts haven’t been embedded in the pdf; go to Fontsquirrel.com to download and install the suggested font(s). When fonts aren’t embedded or a computer doesn’t have the fonts installed; the computer substitutes another font. Text and formatting may look very different.
• Next open the editable pdf using the free software Adobe Reader DC
You’ll need the most recent version of Adobe Reader DC. Now’s a good time to update if you’ve got an old version!
• Bring up the Properties Toolbar by entering Control E (on a PC) Command E (on a Mac) on your computer keyboard.
• Click in highlighted fields and simply type over my text.
• Use your computer tab key to move between text fields
When you’ve finished making all your changes –
• Select File > “Save As” and give your new file a different name
• Print your pdf on card stock or photo paper using Adobe Reader.
• Cut cards using a paper cutter or craft knife.
Simply take the digital file(s) to a professional print shop or copy center. Done!
Handy Tip – to turn on and off the blue text field color click on Adobe Reader (top menu) Preferences
Under Categories click
Uncheck box next to Show border hover color for fields to turn off text field color
Check box to turn on text field color
Additional Options Using the More Button
Depending on pdf setup, clicking the “More” button on the toolbar (top right in image) may give you additional editing options –
“Font” tab allows you to change the typestyle, size, format for bold or italic and change the color and even to a baseline shift! Of course this will depend on the particular font you select. Not all fonts contain (or allow) for every option.
“Paragraph” tab allows you to play with many vertical spacing options. You can even enter an exact point size for spacing between text lines. This is especially useful if you are editing a menu card with one large field area. If you alter the spacing and don’t like the results; simply close up file without saving the changes to the template. You can also save the file using a new name (file > save as > your new file name) to preserve the original template.
Clicking the “color” icon allows exact color code values to be entered.
A great website for exploring color palettes is Colourlovers Color code information is shown underneath each color swatch. Keep in mind what you see on your monitor screen may vary from what’s actually printed.
Ready to try it yourself?
Download the sample below. See how easy it is!
click on image above to download a sample editable pdf – 5×7 inch table cards
Note: the “Table” and “number” fields are the only areas that can be edited in this example.
Let me know if you have questions or run into any problems!