PSE9: How to draw an opaque black rectangle?

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 7 years ago
This is an embarassingly simple question. I've been using PSE for years and can't figure it out.

I would like to yank a PDF file into the editor and black out some of the content by drawing opaque black rectangles over certain areas.

I simply cannot figure out how to draw an opaque black rectangle in the PSE9 editor. How do you do it?
Photo of Rocket J Squirrel

Rocket J Squirrel

  • 7 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
  • embarassed

Posted 7 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Ken

Ken

  • 146 Posts
  • 34 Reply Likes
One way is to use the Rectangular Marquee tool to draw a selection rectangle, and (when the correct layer is active) fill the selection with black. That will permanently alter the image.

Ken
Photo of Rocket J Squirrel

Rocket J Squirrel

  • 7 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Thanks for the reply. I tried that, but it doesn't really work because closed curves don't get filled. I'm trying to black out text for security reasons, and letters like "e" and "o" end up with white hollows.

Is there really no way to simply draw a rectangle?

Is there a different PDF editing program which can do this easily?
Photo of Ken

Ken

  • 146 Posts
  • 34 Reply Likes
Do what I said on a new layer, then merge the layer with the black rectangle down onto the PDF content layer.