Highlight in Bluebeam Revu Software

With a file open in Bluebeam Revu, select the Highlight Tool. It is located under Tools in the Command Bar at the top of the screen. Or another way to get to the highlighter tool, if you have Revu 20, is to use the new Find Tools + Commands function under the Help menu.


Find Markup - Highlight Tool - TAVCO


How to Highlight Text in Bluebeam Revu

Once you have activated the highlight tool, you only need to click and drag this over the text you want to highlight. If you have a word or character string that repeats many times throughout the text, you can use the Search Tool (keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F).


The search results show all the instances of the search that are found. In the example video, a search was made for the work “concrete.” If all the search results are favorable, select All under the Search Results menu. Next, you can highlight all the results with a single click in the Check Options menu.



Select All Text - after search result in Bluebeam



Highlight Content on Drawings

Again, with the Highlight Tool selected, you can scribble and markup freehand on the document. If you need straight lines, either horizontally or vertically, Bluebeam makes it easy. Simply hold the SHIFT key when dragging the highlighter.


Create a Highlighter Screen in Bluebeam

Sometimes you can make more impact and communicate more clearly by changing the color of select geometry on the sheet. An easy way to do this is by creating a highlighter screen to place over areas of interest.


Start by using the Snapshot Tool (Keyboard shortcut G) to capture a small blank page section. Once captured, paste the snapshot back on the page (Ctrl + V). You will see the outlines of this object.


Paste blank Snapshot back on the sheet - TAVCO


Now click on the pasted Snapshot and use the Properties Toolbar (or Properties menu) to change the color of the markup to the desired highlight color – in the video example, red was the color used.


After changing the color, go to the setting on the Properties Toolbar called “Blend Mode.” Change this mode from Normal to Screen. You will notice that the pasted Snapshot turned white again. But wait.


Drag this over other items on the page and notice that all the lines become the color chosen for the screen.



Highlight Screen - Bluebeam Revu - TAVCO



Since the screen is technically considered a markup, it can be found as a Recently Used Tool in the Tool Chest. Remember that the recently used tool section is volatile and will clear when the program is closed.


If you want to keep it as a permanent tool, you must drag the thumbnail into either the My Tools section or another toolbox for later use.


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Kevin Vaughan
Post by Kevin Vaughan
September 6, 2020
Kevin Vaughan is the Vice President of TAVCO and heads up Sales, Digital Marketing, and E-Commerce channels. With over two decades of experience, he has received various awards for sales performance and channel growth. Published articles focus on AEC technologies including laser scanning, 3D cameras, CAD software, and large format plotters. When he is not geeking out on new technologies, you can find him hanging with his wife and kids, playing guitar, or Scuba diving.