Monday, November 27, 2017

Use Replace Document Colors to Help Distinguish Various Files in Acrobat

In a previous post, I shared how to use page color to help distinguish various files. It is a simple trick easily accomplished in InDesign.


But what if you need the same thing, but you're working in Acrobat? Easy!

Simply go to Preferences > Accessibility > and Choose "Replace Document Colors". You can choose from one of four preset color schemes, or choose your own custom colors. Here I have simply changed preference to display the background in a light yellow.

Document Colors Replaced

It's important to note that this is an application-wide setting. So if you change it here, Acrobat will display all of your PDFs this way. If you still need to be able to view some of your PDFs in their default colors, and simply have one of them display tinted, you can open one PDF in Reader and the other in Acrobat.

Open one PDF in Reader and the other in Acrobat
But there's more to this feature than meets the eye! Acrobat has four built-in high contrast color choices.

High Contrast Color Choices

Green Text on Black

Yellow Text on Black
White Text on Black
Black Text on White



It would be wise to experiment and see which settings work best for your document, In the above images, I had both "Only change the color of black text or line art" selected. That meant the the red text didn't get change. And neither did the black bulldog, even when the surrounding background was changed to black. Here are some various combinations for changing the colors.

No Options chosen

Option 1 chosen

Options 1 and 2 Chosen

Option 2 chosen

Which settings you need will be determined by how your document was constructed. Experiment and see what works best for you!