How to Redact Scanned PDF Files


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Before you can distribute or share a PDF, you may decide to examine the document and determine if it contains sensitive or private content that can be used to trace the document back to you. The use of redact tools allows you to black out or hide the sensitive images or texts within the document, depriving the public of personal or private information. Most PDF editors available on the web support PDF redaction, and in this article we have outlined everything that you would like to know about the best PDF editor - PDFelement Pro - to redact scanned PDF files.

The Easiest Way to Redact Scanned PDF Files

Steps to redact image-based PDF files

Step 1. Launch the Program

After downloading PDFelement Pro, drag the “downloaded file” to “Applications” in order to install it on your Mac. Once it’s successfully installed, you can launch it.

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Step 2. Import the PDF File

Click on the “Open File” from the software’s main interface and then you will be directed to the folder where you have stored your PDF files. Identify the PDF file you want to upload to the program and click the “Open” button.

Alternatively, you can click on any blank area on the program and then drag and drop the PDF file to the interface.

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Step 3. OCR Scanned PDF

Once you have successfully uploaded a scanned PDF document, open the "Edit" menu and click on "OCR" button.

And select your preferred OCR language from the pop-up window. Your PDF document will then be converted to an editable format. Reopen the OCR PDF and start redaction steps.

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Step 4. Redact Scanned PDF

Access the “Protect” tab, click the “Redact” button and choose the "Text & Image" or "Pages" option and select the images and texts that you would like to redact. And use color and texts to mark the redaction area. Customize the redaction area according to your preference.

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And then confirm whether you have marked and customized the reduction area properly, click on the “Apply Redactions” and select the “OK” button. Your PDF document will be redacted permanently and then saved as a new file.

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PDFelement Pro - A Professional PDF Redaction Tool

PDFelement Pro is second to none when it comes to securing PDF files by redaction. It features advanced tools for redacting sensitive texts, images and pages within scanned and native PDF permanently, effectively to increase your PDF’s security. The program also helps you protect your documents through the use of digital signatures with personalized handwriting or image signatures, placing custom stamps and by adding passwords & permissions.

Apart from PDF security, PDFelement Pro also allows you to create, convert, edit and share your PDF documents with ease. The software bestows you full control over PDF documents. The editing tools lets you align or distribute text fields, add, delete, crop, replace or extract images on PDF, and insert, organize split, combine or rotate PDF pages. There is more you can do than you could possibly imagine.

Key Features of This PDF Redaction Tool

  • Users can share PDF through Dropbox, emails or by printing them within the program.
  • The OCR technology enables you to edit and convert the scanned PDF files.
  • It allows you to convert PDF files to all the business formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML, EPUB and more.
  • The software lets you fill out and edit both the interactive and non interactive PDF Forms.
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Ivan Cook

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