Is there a way to blur text in Preview?

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  1. Traverse macrumors 604

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    I have googled and searched this forum and I think the answer is no, but I wanted to be sure...

    Is there a way in Preview or Adobe Reader to blur text/numbers in a PDF file? I have a PDF receipt that I want to submit, but I want to cover/blur my credit card number.

    How can I do this? Thanks!
     
  2. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    Just draw a black line through whatever you want to make illegible.
     
  3. firedept macrumors 603

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    Easy. Just click and hold with the crosshair. Then draw a box over what you want to delete and hit delete. Then save the file. It will be blanked out as I have shown below.
     

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    Traverse thread starter macrumors 604

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    Oh thanks! Why didn't I think of that!? :)

    Edit: What version Preview is that? I can select the portion like you but pressing delete does nothing.

    Edit: Oh, Okay. It has to be an image file, not a PDF.
     
  5. megamace macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way in Preview or Adobe Reader to blur text/numbers in a PDF file? I have a PDF receipt that I want to submit, but I want to cover/blur my credit card number.

    How can I do this? Thanks![/QUOTE]

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    Skitch (free app), now owned by Google I believe is great for redacting documents - check out the clip. It also has very user friendly tools like arrows and highlighting tools. However it is more for clips than large documents.
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  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    In that case, for a PDF, just draw a white box over the text.

    Other colours are available. :D
     
  7. 0002378 Suspended

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    EDIT - Never mind, didn't see that you're editing a PDF file. Not sure in that case.
     

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