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Draw on PDF for Free Online

by Hung Nguyen

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The most popular online web app to draw on PDF files using your mouse, stylus, or trackpad. No signup or registration is needed.

Common PDF editors usually only allow the viewing of file content. Even when editing tools are available, you typically only have minimal options for editing or marking sections. If these options aren’t enough for you, our PDF editor is the ideal solution. It lets you draw on your PDF documents and make substantial changes without costing you anything.

How to Draw on a PDF Online for Free

  1. Go to our PDF Editor and upload your PDF.

  2. Choose the pencil tool via the top toolbar.

  3. Pick a color, thickness, and opacity.

  4. Draw and download your PDF when you’re done.

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Easily draw on your PDFs

How to Delete, Resize, or Remove PDF Drawings


Millions of users visit our platform every month, and the PDF editor has received a very recent update to make PDF drawings even more streamlined. Once you’ve finished with a sketch, click on the cursor icon on the top toolbar, click on the drawing, and you can perform a few actions:

  • Resize - drag the corner of each drawing.
  • Change color - click on the color icon and choose a new color.
  • Delete - select the trash icon to delete.
  • Duplicate - click the duplicate icon to replicate.
  • Move - click on the drawing, hold, and drag it around the page.

How to Draw Shapes on a PDF


Other than the freehand drawing pencil tool, you can add various shapes to your PDF. Predefined shapes include rectangles, ellipses, arrows, and straight lines. To do so:

  1. Open your PDF with the PDF editor.
  2. Click the diagonal line icon and choose the shape you want.
  3. Adjust the size, color, and position as needed—similar to a drawing.
  4. Remember to download your file at the end.
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Insert adjustable shapes within a few clicks

Numerous Other Options To Edit Documents


Other than shapes and drawings, you can also add and edit text which is helpful if you’re filling out a form. On top of that, you can add an electronic signature, highlight, erase, organize your document, and print straight from our editor.

Remember, whenever you need to amend an added element, switch back to the cursor tool to select and adjust individual sections. Furthermore, remember to be on the exact page you wish to draw on so you don’t have to move drawings between pages.

Is It Free to Draw on a PDF?


Yep! Unlike expensive offline PDF drawing tools, our editor, along with our 20+ other tools, is free for anybody to use. You may freely draw, convert, edit, and manipulate your PDF files on our online site. If you need to work with PDF often, why not opt for a Pro account?

Pro users have unlimited access to our tool suite, on top of a few additional perks, such as batch processing and higher speeds. You also get faster support if you need assistance using the online editor. Try it for free with our 7-day trial.

System requirements


As a cloud platform, all file processing, drawing, and editing are done online. All you need is a web browser and internet access to get started. That means you can draw on PDF documents on Mac, Windows, or Linux with just a simple double click.

You can upload PDF documents up to 5GB per file to draw and write on them. If a bulky file is slowing down your work while using the drawing tool, you can try to shrink it with our Compress PDF function. This handy tool and many more are available on our homepage.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf