How to edit images in PDF files with Acrobat XI

Learn how to edit PDF images using the new edit PDF images capability in Acrobat XI to edit PDF files.

By Donna Baker – September 23, 2012


How to edit images in PDF files with Acrobat XI
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How to edit images in PDF files with Acrobat XI

Donna Baker – September 23, 2012

  1. Use the Selection tool to select and use an image as a basic object.
  2. For editing an image, open Content Editing and choose Edit Text & Images.
  3. Select the image to see resize handles and other positioning tools.
  4. Use transform tools to change the image's orientation.
  5. Change the visible portion of the image using the Crop tool.
  6. Select and replace an existing image, or add a new image.
  7. Export an image for editing and instant updating in your PDF file.

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Lori Kassuba

3, 2015-06-16 16, 2015

Hi Bob,

I would use the annotation tools to do this. They are located under the Comments pane > Annotation panel. This tutorial explains how to do this:



4, 2015-06-09 09, 2015

I need to add some notations to some pdf files.  Also I need to draw some simple figures such as arrows, etc.  How do I go about doing that?  I have Adobe Acrobat XI version 11.0.0.

Lori Kassuba

5, 2015-02-26 26, 2015

Hi Steve F,

You could also use the Compare Feature to make sure you have all the edits in your original document.


Steve F

8, 2015-02-25 25, 2015

Useful features indeed, but some caution needed..
When the original non-pdf documents are revised it will be necessary to also catch up with any edits that have been made in Acrobat, or a version could easily be published with ‘old’ content.

Lori Kassuba

5, 2014-12-19 19, 2014

Hi Chris Ibrahim,

You make a good suggestion - feel free to post your suggestion here:


Jhoanna Pineda Kim

5, 2012-12-20 20, 2012

This will be helpful when updating training manuals instead of going back to the original Word Document, revised it, and convert the document to PDF evertyime changes are needed.

Alex Donkle

4, 2012-12-19 19, 2012

Much improved photo editing features within PDF files.

Chris Ibrahim

8, 2012-12-18 18, 2012

I hope the edit text and images remove the edit document text and edit object icons. It may be a good idea just to have one tool that can do both.

Himanshu Satija

6, 2012-12-18 18, 2012

Really very advanced features added in this new product.

donna baker

5, 2012-12-17 17, 2012

Hi Walter -

I’m sorry the infographic wasn’t clear enough for you. If you look closely at Step 5, you’ll see a double-ended angled arrow, which is an icon many programs (including Acrobat) use for resizing content.
To make sure you don’t have an issue with the cropping process, click another tool such as the Hand tool to deselect the crop tool, which may have caused the jumping around you experienced.

Bob Cook

5, 2012-12-13 13, 2012

I’ve been hoping/waiting for this feature for a long time.  Thanks for adding it!

Cathy Mckay

8, 2012-12-13 13, 2012

I agree with the comment about it being useful when you dont have the original file and need to make changes. Good thinking adobe.

James McKay

4, 2012-12-13 13, 2012

I agree. I can see this being useful. It is nice that they have a generic “Open with” action that can be used if you don’t own Photoshop.

Patty Friesen

6, 2012-12-10 10, 2012

Hi Tennie,

Thanks for your comment. Almost all of our infographics are also produced in video format. For example, if you prefer to see a video of “How to edit images in PDF files,” go to this link:

Hope this helps.


Caroline Smith

12, 2012-12-10 10, 2012

Great tutorial! A much easier way to edit images, this will definately speed up production! Thanks

srujan kumar

6, 2012-12-09 09, 2012

I can move text and images around so much easier than previous version Adobe Pro. Sticky notes is also nice.

Kristopher Walker

12, 2012-12-08 08, 2012

Interesting feature, certainly makes editing images in PDF format much easier.

Walter Albers

7, 2012-12-07 07, 2012

The infographic is a nicer approach. For cropping however I didnt understand that the cropping controls were the corner/edge marks to control the crop box until I read help. After the cropping action I dont get a cropped image, just a skeleton crop control box that jumps around. Would like to see infographic integrated into help.

marc lopez

4, 2012-12-07 07, 2012

Yes, adding a new image is a great addition that allows so much more productivity.

Tennie White

6, 2012-12-06 06, 2012

I am exploring the new Adobe XI. I am not proficient in the use yet. I would like to see video tutorials.

Lise Foulsham

8, 2012-11-30 30, 2012

I’ve only just downloaded my new Acrobat XI and already I find it so much easier to use!  I can move text and images around so much easier than my last version Adobe Pro 9.

Amy Graff

6, 2012-11-28 28, 2012

This feature is definitely something that is welcomed. Not having to edit before hand is a great touch. Thanks.

Georgia Higgins

4, 2012-11-28 28, 2012

Love the Step by Step: Infographics!  It is very helpful!  I agree with others who have posted that it is really helping me on learning what has changed!

Rahul Yadav

2, 2012-11-28 28, 2012

Edit images right without the need for third party applications!!! Oh that’s really great. It will save a lot of time, resources n not to forget some bucks as well;)

This feature takes away the need to hunt for other solutions. Good work Adobe

John Bryant

5, 2012-11-27 27, 2012

This is really helping me on learning what all has changed since the last version.

Martin Hensley

1, 2012-11-27 27, 2012

This will save a lot of time when all a document needs is a change of date and a new image.

Michelle Samuels

2, 2012-11-27 27, 2012

This looks like a fantastic solution for PDFs, especially if you need to quickly fix an image and are using a computer that lacks the original file or Photoshop or the like.

Elia Shkolnikov

1, 2012-11-27 27, 2012

I find the transition between steps 5 and 6 a bit confusing. But it shows the new additions well, thanks.

Paul Kostak

12, 2012-11-15 15, 2012

I can not even begin to explain how helpful this is. A lot of time saved when I don’t have the original source file.

Touch Typist

8, 2012-11-09 09, 2012

I have also noted another image related great feature i.e now we can add a new image to our document that was not possible in older version (they only allow editing or replacement of an existing image only).

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