How to Insert an Image in Adobe Acrobat Pro

By C. Taylor

Adobe Acrobat Pro XI offers three methods of inserting images, depending on your needs. The most common usage is to add images as content in a PDF. You can also paste clipboard images as comments to annotate important points or apply an image as a watermark over multiple pages of a PDF. Watermarks are semitransparent, so they don't obscure the underlying text.

Adding Images as Content

Step 1

Click "Add Image" from the Content Editing section of the Tools panel. Open the Tools panel by clicking "Tools" in the toolbar. Click "Content Editing" to expand the section if it's not already visible. If no toolbars are visible, press the "F8" key.

Step 2

Select the image you want to use in the Open dialog and then click "Open."

Step 3

Click anywhere in the PDF's content window to place the image. Alternatively, click and drag your mouse pointer to select an appropriate image size while you place the image.

Pasting an Image as a Comment

Step 1

Copy an image from another source. In some programs, you right-click an image and then select "Copy," but in others, you might need to click "Edit" to find the Copy option. When viewing an image in some programs, you can press "Ctrl-C" to copy the image to the clipboard. To copy an image in Acrobat, click "Edit," choose "Take a Snapshot" and then drag a selection box around the area you want to copy.

Step 2

Click the "Add Stamp" icon in the Annotations section of the Comments panel and then select "Paste Clipboard Image as Stamp Tool."

Step 3

Click anywhere in the PDF to place the image. You can also click and drag your mouse to restrain the pasted image to a selected size.

Adding an Image as a Watermark

Step 1

Click "Watermark" from the Pages section of the Tools panel and then select "Add Watermark."

Step 2

Click "Page Range Options" if you only want the watermark to appear on specified pages. Otherwise, the watermark will appear on all pages.

Step 3

Click "Files," select "Browse" and then choose the image you want to use.

Step 4

Enter a percentage in the Absolute Scale field to resize the chosen image relative to the page. You can also adjust the position of the image in the Position section or make the image appear on top of or behind the page elements in the Location section.

Step 5

Slide the "Opacity" slider or manually enter a percentage to adjust the transparency. The smaller the opacity percentage, the more transparent the image becomes.

Step 6

Click "OK" to add the watermark.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click "Edit Text & Images" in the Tools panel's Content Editing section to enable editing. You can then click and drag an image to move it anywhere on the same page or drag the resize bars to change the image size. Right-click an image to find the options to rotate, flip or arrange it. Use the Arrange option to place the image behind or in front of specific objects.
  • To edit images placed as comments, select the "Paste Clipboard Image as Stamp Tool" option again from the Comments panel and select the previously placed image. You can then click and drag the image to move it, drag handles to resize the image or drag the top rotation circle to rotate it.
  • If an image is obstructed by another object, click "View | Show/Hide | Navigation Panes | Content" to select images from the navigation tree.