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Problems erasing text in PDF document

Jul 12, 2013, 17:33
Post: #1
Problems erasing text in PDF document
Hello,

I'm having a problem performing the most basic task - erasing. This seems crazy that I'm having such a problem with this.

I have opened a pdf document in Gimp 2.8 for Windows. Then I:

- choose 'Tools'
- then, 'Paint Tools'
- then, 'Eraser'

Once I try to start erasing some of the black text on a pure white background, the eraser has a 'checkered' pattern. So instead of erasing in 'white', the tool erases with a checker pattern. See the attached photo.

How do I fix this?

Thanks in advance!


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Jul 12, 2013, 18:23
Post: #2
RE: Problems erasing text in PDF document
The chequer board pattern denotes transparency.

Here is part of a crossword which I printed off as a pdf.

[Image: 9Z2Ka04.jpg]

You can either remove the transparency with
a right click in the layer dialog as the image or
layer menu -> transparency -> remove alpha channel.

Another way, is not to use the eraser tool, use the paint tool and white foreground 'paint'

If you get the time have a look at LibreOffice which now is a very reasonable PDF editor. That is what I use for my (admittedly simple) crosswords.

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Jul 12, 2013, 19:10
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RE: Problems erasing text in PDF document
Thanks! That worked perfectly. Even after all the Googling I still couldn't find the right solution.

I have used LibreOffice, but didn't realize it came with a PDF editor. I will keep that in mind for next time.

Thanks again
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