Acrobat includes a plethora of review tools, but most are not very eye catching. You want your edits to get noticed, right?
Today, I’m sharing a set of 23 stamps that I have designed. These stamps help you call attention to your edits with colorful iconography:
Stamps included in the file
I created the stamps using Adobe Illustrator, so each stamp is a tiny, vector file that scales and prints well. The text has been converted to outlines, so adding a stamp from the supplied file does not embed fonts in your document.
Download the Stamps File
Right-click the link above and choose Save As or Save Target As to download the file to your desktop.
The Stamps file is a PDF, but it has some special properties. You must install the file for it to work as a stamp.
IOW, just opening the file won’t do you any good!
Install the Stamp File
Follow these steps to install the Stamps file.
Note that you will need to be an admin on your computer to install the file.
- Quit Acrobat XI if it is already open.
- Copy the Review Stamps.pdf file to the User Stamps folder:
- WIN 7 or WIN8
- /Macintosh HD/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Acrobat/11.0/Stamps/
The folders might be hidden . . .
These folder locations may be hidden on your computer, so don’t freak out if you don’t see them at first.
Here are some tips for finding them:
WIN: Open an Explorer window and paste the path into it. Change the USERNAME to your user name and hit enter.
MAC: Open your Home folder, then go to the View menu and choose Show View Options. Check Show Library Folder.
On the Mac, you will need to show your Library folder
Another way to find the Stamps folder
- Hit CTRL-J (Win) or CMD-J (Mac)
- Enter app.getPath(“user”, “stamps”);
- Hit CTRL-ENTER (Win) or CMD-Enter (Mac) to see the stamps path
Using the Stamps
This part is easy!
- Open the Comment pane
- Click the Stamp tool
- Choose the Review Stamps category
- Choose the stamp to place on the document
A few tips for using Stamps
Add a Note to your Stamp
After adding the stamp, double-click it to add a note:
Double-click the note to add a sticky note to it.
Keep the tool selected
This option will keep the Stamp tool selected, but you will need to select the individual stamp needed.
To keep the Stamp tool selected, right-click on it and choose Keep Tool Selected:
Stamps may be sized. Just click and drag to size as you apply them. Or, select the stamp later and drag the handles to scale it.
Stamps may be rotated. After applying the stamp, find the rotation point and drag to rotate the stamp:
List View for Stamps
If you don’t like the gigantic list of stamps with preview, choose “Show Stamp Names” from the Stamp menu to use a slim, text only list:
Choose this option to see a text-only list of stamps
Add the Stamp Tool as a Quick Tool
Quick Tools appear at the top of the document window. Add the Stamps tool so that you don’t need to open the Comments pane.
Right-click on the Stamp tool and choose Add to Quick Tools:
Deleting or Changing the Order of the Stamps
You can re-order or delete stamps in the file.
Open the Review Stamps.pdf file in Acrobat from the your Stamps folder (see above).
Open the Pages panel in Acrobat. Note that the first page is blank. DO NOT DELETE the First page.
To Delete a stamp, select the thumbnail, right-click, and choose Delete Page
To re-0rder the stamps, drag the thumbnail of the page to a new location.
Use the Pages Panel to delete or re-order the stamps file.
Need to know more about working with Stamps?
Visit the Acrobat Help page: