Feature request / Bug report

Draw Shapes - add a no fill option

Please add a separate opacity scale for "fills" and "borders" in the draw shapes, or add a "no fill" option for color. Right now they have to have the same opacity, and it would be nice to add boarders without a filled in box.

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  • Kalpana B G commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Barbara,

    Following are the images explaining how we can fix this issue, that you had.
    The steps are as follows
    1) Select a shape from comments tool and apply on the area of your choice, adjusting height and size.
    2) Right Click (On Windows OS) using mouse and select "Properties"
    3) Make sure the "Fill Color" is selected to TRANSPARENT only and no other color is chosen.
    4)Check the box for making this as default properties and click on OK
    With this the inner content is seen visible.

    Hope that helps.

  • Barbara Wright commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Taking away the no fill option for shapes has made my life miserable! I have to mark up plans and specification sheets and now there is no easy way to put an empty box around the specification choice I want the contractor to use. Now I have to print out my plans and spec. sheets, mark them up by hand, then scan them back into the computer. TIME WASTER! I don't know whose "great idea" this was, but it is a terrible inconvenience for architects and designers. PUT iT BACK!

    P.S. I tried the workaround suggested below. Didn't work for me.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Here's a hack that worked for me not 10 minutes ago in Acrobat Pro DC:

    :: Open a document that has the Rectangle and/or Circle/Oval properties you want (example: 1 pt red border, no fill).
    :: Right-click on the Rectangle, etc., whose properties you want to emulate, and select "Make Current Properties Default."

    For me those properties carried over to all new Rectangles and Circles/Ovals that I created in both that document as well as other documents.

    Hope that helps.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please, please bring back the no fill options. And the deprecated toolbar (mentioned in an earlier work-around post) isn't working.
    And while we're at it, why is it so hard to make more than a three-pointed shape in the various polygon tools?

  • Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's honestly embarrassing that this is missing from the UI. The default redline solution is a red stroke with a null fill. Changing it once means you can't revert. Between this and the Fill/Sign not working for the past month I'm pretty disappointed in Acrobat Pro DC, especially given the price.

  • Paul Nommeots-Nomm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please, please, please bring back the "no fill" option for the shape tool! I'm in the building industry and use this product for marking up plans

  • Mandy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please, please, please bring back the "no fill" option for the shape tool! I'm in the AEC industry and use this product for the integration with Adobe Indesign & Photoshop, but this is extremely irritating for use as my professional document mark-up software.

    My co-workers keep asking me about Bluebeam which we may have to switch to since I"m googling this thread on how to change my shape properties every time someone in my office needs help with the fill feature.

  • Pam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    OH MY GOSH. I can't believe how difficult it is to figure out how to add a shape to a pdf file with Acrobat Pro 2017. It was so easy in the old version. Please, Please help me.

  • Micheal Shackelford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    please include 'no fil' as an option shape create (or edit) dialogs. I used 'empty' shapes far more than I used filled/colored shapes when doing markups of others' documents. I'd rather not use something other than Acrobat for my markups, but w/o "no fill", I'll have to.

  • Stan Schultz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's inconceivable that there is no longer a No Fill option for shapes. Thankfully, I found an article that gave me a backdoor trick/tip to get the job done, but it blows my mind that Adobe has not recognized this oversite themselves. Command E on a Mac will bring up the old Properties pallet, which will allow you to select No Fill as a color option.


  • Kelly Vaughn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Iam trying out Bluebeam Revu and they offer this feature. That software is designed specifically to meet the needs of people in AEC.

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  • Kelly Vaughn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've heard so many people asking for this that I did a blog article explaining why this feature is so important. That article explains in detail why this feature is so important to the UI of Acrobat.

    In a nutshell: "... the default setting of the drawing markup tools is "No fill." Notice how NONE of the giant color swatches are checked? That's because you cannot accomplish "No fill" using this new tool. You must bring up the old Properties bar."

    Please Adobe staff (both marketing and engineering), please read this article!


  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks. to Document Geek, after spending hours trying to figure it out, I discovered the properties "secret." Every other Mac app I have used has a no-fill option. Please, please add this into color picker (keep it in properties too.)

  • Kelly Vaughn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please reconsider adding this feature. It is a must have for anyone doing drawing markups on construction drawings. Heck, even the default tool settings for the drawing tools are set to "No Fill." If a user changes the fill color of a shape and then wants to go back to "no fill", how in the world are they supposed to do it, given that the redesigned choices of fill colors does not include 'No fill." Why on earth would anyone in the ACE industries use Acrobat for drawing markups if it is seemingly impossible to outline something with no fill?

    Bluebeam, Nuance, and Foxit are coming for your users!

  • AdminArvind Yadav (Admin, Adobe) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dear User,
    “Thanks for bringing this issue to our notice. Your valuable feedback helps us improving our product. We discussed about this particular issue and we do not have any plans to work on it in immediate future. However, we’ll have it in our radar and might revisit at an appropriate time in future.”


  • Sabry ElDeeb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm new to Adobe DC using MAC pro system. I'm facing a difficulty to make the drawings fill off, once make it fill on.

  • Kelly Vaughn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also, the only place to find the "No fill" option is in the deprecated Properties bar. Why wasn't it added anywhere in the Color Picker?

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