Change PDF Colors

Upload a PDF. Adjust the output color.

Print even if you've run out of black ink.

Change PDF color.

Change the color of the text, images and all the rest in your PDFs. Simply upload a file and pick your color. Blue is a good substitute if you have run out of black ink and want to print.

Print PDFs Without Black Ink!

This tool automatically switches the black pixels to dark blue or another color that is not black.

Download your first modified PDF for free.

What do you do when your printer is out of black ink and you really need to print a form? You can use the color ink cartridge to print a substitute, but first convert your PDF to color.

How to print without black ink?

This tool converts your PDF so that it will print in almost-black. Pick a color and review the modified image. Download and print! You can choose a number of different target colors -- maybe your color cartridge is out of black and green, but it has blue or red! Colorize your PDF now.

Change all colors in your PDF, including:

  • fonts and text
  • backgrounds
  • images
  • graphics
  • pictures
  • lines
  • shapes
  • headings
  • titles
  • footnotes
  • captions
  • headers
  • borders

Print a form, shipping label, homework, and pictures when your printer runs out of ink!

What users say about the tool's ability to convert PDFs into Color

I came across your site for the first time last week when I needed to print out boarding passes and test results and the Costa Rican hostel's printer was out of black ink and the staff wouldn't let me touch their computer to change the print settings. My travel partner, a graphic designer, started to try to use whatever Photoshop-type tools he uses to execute my master plan of "turn the effing things blue" but started narrating out loud about having to convert the text to outlines, etc etc etc. At that point I thought there must be a better way and found you on Google. In short order I had beaten him to the result (very satisfying) and we accomplished the printing, which was a huge relief of stress as it was la Semana Santa/Easter holiday week and seemingly every other place to print things was closed. 


Was out of black ink. Tried Photoshop and Lightroom. Couldn't do what I wanted. Found this. Saved the day!


WOW your website saved me ... **** *** black ink cartridge ran out after like 50 pages, and I needed a paper printed TONIGHT, and after searching for an hour on how to simply change the color of my pdf to blue, I found a link to your site in the comment section of a youtube video. Holy %@#!. Thank you.


Thank you for this! I was just gifted this printer and have been having problems getting the black ink to work, and primarily use it to print shipping labels like this. I just tried it and it worked! Thank you!


Thanks for the PDF doc color converter tool! You rock!


Great tool! It saved me after the black toner ran out this weekend. Thank you!


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Thanks. USPS shipment of black ink is delayed.


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PDF Color Changer

The best name for this tool may be PDF Color Changer, because, well, this tool changes colors in PDFs!

The types of files where you can change the pdf color are nearly unlimited and include:

  1. Shipping labels
  2. Boarding passes for trains and planes
  3. Legal documents like contracts and releases
  4. Invoices
  5. Passport applications
  6. Sewing patterns
  7. Barcodes and QR Codes
  8. Mailing labels, including pre-paid mailing labels from Amazon, Fed-Ex, Ebay, Etsy, and others
  9. Return labels
  10. Medical documents
  11. Forms, forms, and more forms

Black and White PDF to Color

For PDFs that contain black and white, or shades of grey, you can use this tool to convert the document to color. The PDF color converter changes a black and white pdf to color in seconds. Simply upload the file, choose the output color, preview the converted document, then download.

Draw on PDF

First, change the color of the PDF simply by choosing your target color. Drawing on your PDF, including lines, rectangles, and text, is also possible through the PDF Color Changer. Click "Advanced Edit" to begin drawing. Of special note, you can change the colors further by clicking the Filter button in the bottom right of the Advanced Edit window. Then you can click Tint, Multiply, and Blend to do custom color changes. The Tint feature has an Opacity slider that allows you to change the intensity of the added color. The Blend feature has several modifiers that are often only found in expensive tools like Photoshop. The Advanced Editing works on a single page at a time. Once you are done in the advanced editor click "Save" at the top to return to the main screen. Note that for cropping and some other transformations you need to click "Apply" before you click "Save." The advanced PDF editing feature is still a work-in-progress...let us know if you find bugs!

Black and White to Color PDF

This online tool can do this magic: black and white to color PDF. Convert, change, transform, or manipulate that PDF color. Make it green, yellow, red, or blue. Black and white to color PDF transforms many documents so that you can print without black ink.

Change Color in Adobe Acrobat?

Changing colors of text may be possible in Adobe Acrobat and other PDF editors. But nothing makes the process as easy as this SuperTool, because other editors have many versions (mac vs pc) where the settings can be different. Also, changing elements like line and arrows are much more difficult to change with Acrobat. Changing images and backgrounds can be quite difficult, and might require you can make some color changes to your Acrobat Pro's "Background" and "Text TouchUp" features (which was $15/month in 2021). To edit the color of individual elements, you may try open source vector editing programs like Inkscape.

More questions about printing in color when you are out of black ink? Check out this FAQ:

Please send a message to let us know how this PDF re-coloring tool worked for you.

If changing the pixel colors doesn't work on the first print, try removing your black ink cartridge -- sometimes this "tricks" your printer and makes it print black from the color cartridge!

Is there a way to set the printer to bypass the black ink and use only color? Instead of fussing with complicated printer settings, just convert the color in your PDF using this tool. The PDF Color Changer solves just this kind of problem.

What kinds of shipping labels does this PDF Color Changer tool process?

Convert colors in shipping labels for the United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS, FedEx, Etsy, Ebay, Amazon, and hundreds of other labels that include bar codes, QR codes, and similar graphic and text. Australia Post, Royal Mail, Canada Post, India Post, Deutsche Post, La Poste, Poste italiane, and more! A common use for the tool is to print out a return shipping label, packing slip, or shipping order when there's no more black ink in the printer.

Tips to Print Without Black Ink: Converting Documents to Color

Watch a short video to learn how to convert PDF colors using this tool.

Review example before and after images of the PDF color changer to see what is possible.

Explore info about how to change the color of a QR code.

Change PDF Color