Area Highlight

Add highlights to scanned documents without text objects.  

Note: An area highlight annotation is simply a square annotation with a transparent background and no border (line width = 0).

Creating an Area Highlight

  1. Start the Area Highlight tool by clicking the in the Comment Tab on the toolbar or using the shortcut key Ctrl + Alt + I (Command + Alt + I on Mac)
  2. Click and drag to highlight an area (Note: Hold the Shift key while drawing to create a perfect square.)

Annotation Properties

To access the Area Highlight properties go to the Properties Tab on the toolbar or right click (Mac: Ctrl + Click) on the annotation and choose Properties in the mouse menu or click on the edit button on the Mini Toolbar. The Area Highlight annotation contains the following property settings.


Line Width - Sets the width of the border line

Style - Sets the style for the border line (i.e. dotted, dashed, cloud, etc...)

Color - Sets the color of the border

Fill Color - Sets the fill color

Transparency - Sets the transparency of the shape

Note / Comment - A note can be added to shapes that will be displayed when hovered over by the mouse

Save as default - When checked this will make the selected appearance settings the default for any new Area Highlights going forward

Locked - When checked prevents the following on the annotation: being moved or resized, editing appearance properties, & deleting the annotation.


Author - Allows you to edit the author

Subject - Allows you to edit the subject

Layer - Only available when the document contains layers. Sets the layer that the annotation belongs to. For more information see Assigning Comments to Layers

Status History

This tab will display and changes to the review status of the annotation including Author, Status, and Timestamp. For more details see Setting Status or Check Marks on Annotations