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Proofreading PDFs: A complete guide for editors

Updated 2021 BadgeWorking efficiently with PDFs is an essential skill for today’s editorial professionals. Save valuable time and improve your practices by learning which of Adobe Acrobat's tools you should use and how.

This module will give you the confidence to mark up any PDF, customise your tools and toolbars, manage your comments and know how and when to apply on-screen BSI marks.

Course content

  1. Menus, tools and navigation
  2. Marking up a PDF
  3. Working efficiently
  4. Using stamps
  5. Managing comments

e-Learning modules are optimised for desktop and laptop devices and not tablets and smartphones.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Mark up PDFs using the Adobe Acrobat commenting tools
  • Customise the app and the tools
  • Use the keyboard shortcuts available in Acrobat
  • Manage comments efficiently

How does the course work?

Proofreading PDFs: A complete guide for editors has five units. Across the units there are exercises, example answers, and quizzes for self-assessment. Completion of the final exercise leads to your completion certificate being issued.


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This e-Learning Module was developed with the support of the Unwin Charitable Trust.



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Five to seven hours with eight months access to the module.

PTC e-Learning Modules are concentrated, online courses that focus on specialist topics relevant to publishing working life. They are designed to build on a foundation of existing skills and experience.