How to Paint a PDF File

One of the fun things about computers is playing with programs like Paint. You can use the tools in Paint to add something to a different document. The Paint program can help you make new image files, but it cannot open document or PDF files. While it is impossible to open a PDF file in the Paint program, there are several ways to paint a PDF file.

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Paint uses virtual brushes.

Using File Conversion

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Convert your file to a PDF. Many programs can convert a PDF to a Paint-acceptable format such as a JPEG. Programs such as Preview allow you to export PDF files as pictures. You can also use a free file converter online, such as http://www.zamzar.com/.

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Open your file in paint. Color or paint the file in any way you desire.

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Save your finished creation in whatever image type you prefer. JPEG is the most common image type.

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Convert your JPEG image to a PDF file using the same program you used in the original conversion.

Using PhotoShop

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Find a computer with a copy of the PhotoShop software. Many computer labs at schools have this software.

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Open the PDF in PhotoShop and add a "layer" to your file. Add any embellishments you desire on the new layer. This allows you to delete new additions without altering the original image. PhotoShop allows you to play with a large variety of colors, brush types and interesting effects.

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Save your file in its original format.