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Stop printing pdf background

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by CptBlack, Jan 29, 2008.

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  1. CptBlack

    CptBlack Thread Starter

    Sep 1, 2007
    Hi, I'm sure there is a simple answer to this but I can't find it!

    I have a pdf of lecture notes that is some 30 pages long and it has a background image on every page that has a lot of blue on it wasting ink. How can I print the pdf without printing the background?

  2. letchworth


    Jul 2, 2005
    I doubt you can, since pdf is an image format (like printing photos- the background is part of the photo). Most printers/printer drivers have the option to print as gray or black/white mode (& black ink is cheaper than color).

    There actually is a way that often works- but time consuming for 30 pages. Most pdf viewers, like Adobe viewer, PDF-Xchange Viewer, or Foxit Viewer- have the ability to highlight text from a pdf you are viewing on screen and copy it (use the "select tool")--- then past into a word processor. This works if the creator of the pdf has not locked the copy text option in the file.

    Some OCR programs, like Abbyy Fine Reader, can scan the image and pull the text off of it. This takes longer and may or may not be quite as successful- but worth a try if your OCR software has that ability (Optical Character Recognition software- OCR- is often packaged with your scanner, although this particular feature is usually in the full-version of the software, rather than the bundled version).

    Another way of doing it is to copy the whole page as an image and paste it to a word processor and shrink the image so that multiple pages are printed as one- thus saving ink.

    Maybe I'm getting carried away- but these are ways I have attacked this problem (& for the same reason). If the text is copyable from the .pdf- that is the way I would go and it should only take several seconds per page to copy/paste the info.

    Good luck
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