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How do I add whiteout to my PDF?

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2017 12:52PM CDT

The Whiteout Tool allows you to create box whiteout or redact (black) which are framed rectangle windows over any content on your PC, and it also has an option to whiteout or redact just the embedded or digital text on a document. 

When Whiteout is selected as the active tool, you'll see 2 toggle switches to the right of the main Tool Bar buttons which you can toggle between white or black and between the box and text options. 

Whiteout/Redact Box
The 'Whiteout/Redact Box' tool lets you frame a box over any area of your document you want to cover or erase with whiteout. Here's how:

  1. Left-click on the outer edge of the area you want whited out. 
  2. Keep holding the left or primary button while dragging your cursor to the opposite side of the desired area you want to be covered with a white frame while DocHub will display a preview of the rectangular shape that will be filled. 
  3. Release the button to complete the frame and add the whiteout annotation box to that area of your PDF. You can always resize, move, or delete the window after adding it, as needed. 

This tool will create perfect rectangles or square annotation windows that are entirely filled with clean, white space which you can then add other annotations on top of the whiteout if you'd like such as new text using the Text Tool. You can learn more about how to do that in our help article for How do I remove or edit existing text on a PDF?You can also view our article for What PDF edits can I make to a document? to find out more about all of the different types of annotations DocHub lets you add to your documents as well as information about how to use them.

Whiteout/Redact Text
The other Whiteout tool in that menu is designed to help you erase or redact text on your PDF exclusively without it adding any whiteout space to the surrounding areas outside the rows and paragraphs of text. The 'Whiteout/Redact Text' tool totally simplifies this type of document markup and helps turn what once was a very tedious and labor intensive task into a much more efficient, automated process.

To use the text whiteout tool, the actions you take are basically the same as highlighting text on a webpage or a document. Here's how:
  1. Left-click and hold on a spot on the page above and to the far left or right edge of the block of text.
  2. Keep holding the left or primary button and drag your cursor down and across towards where the end of the text. 
  3. Release the button once you've moved the cursor over and above the end of the word or sentence or paragraph that you want removed. It will apply a rectangular frame over the area, but any text that comes after the spot where you released the button will remain visible on the page even if it's within the window frame. You can always resize, move, or delete the window after it's added, as needed. 

DocHub will automatically detect and ID any and all digital or embedded text on your PDF and only apply whiteout over the rows of text that you specifically dragged the cursor over. The white area(s) will appear as neatly formatted blocks that are lined up perfectly with the baseline and top of each row of text while leaving all areas outside the rows of text uncovered, as they were before. 

The text whiteout option is a premium markup tool for Pro users, so you would need to upgrade to DocHub Pro in order to unlock and use it on your documents, but all DocHub Pro subscriptions begin with a 30 day free trial which gives you full access to Pro. So you can try everything out before the actual subscription begins and have the option to cancel at any time and still keep your free account and still be able to access all of your documents and other personal data.
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