Sad cat representing editing bar in PDFPen

Change Text Color, Stroke Color, Stroke Style, and More

Take a look at your Editing Bar. See that unassuming sequence of circle, line, down arrow, line, down arrow over on the right side? If you look at it long enough, you might even make out a pensive face with closed eyes and a wheel for legs.

Or, ahem, maybe we’re just a little overworked.

Anyhow, pensive cat on wheel is actually a collection of tools for changing how objects look. They’re called Object Property tools, and they’re crucial for working with text boxes, callouts, shapes, and lines in PDFpen.

A closer look at Object Property tools

Here’s an overview of these tools and what they do.

Stroke Color: Choose a stroke color for drawn shapes or lines from the macOS-provided Colors Palette. Alternatively, choose “No Stroke” if you do not want a prominent outline for your shapes. You can also select “Custom Color”, match an existing color using the eyedropper, and or adjust the opacity.

Fill Color: Choose a fill color for a shape or line from the macOS-provided Colors Palette. Alternatively, choose “No Fill” to select no fill. You can also select “Custom Color”, match an existing color using the eyedropper, and or adjust the opacity.

Line Attributes (Endpoints): Choose from a variety of line (stroke) styles, solid or dotted.

Stroke Width: Choose a line (stroke) width for a shape or line from the standard palette of widths, or choose “Other…” to make a custom selection.

Use Object Property tools to change the appearance of objects and shapes

Object Property tools give you the ability to customize the objects and shapes you add to PDFs, including text boxes, lines, and callouts. 

Note: Tools remember your last chosen colors and properties.

Liked learning about the Object Property tools? You might also like Customizing Text Properties in PDFpen and How to Use the Inspector.