Export ink annotation as image

Q: How can I export an image from an ink annotation?

A: Ink annotations are rendered as SVG elements on the DOM. You can get that SVG and then either download it as a svg+xml file, oe render it to a canvas as a PNG.

// "annotation" is a reference to our ink annotation

const svgSelector = `.PSPDFKit-Ink-Annotation[data-annotation-id="${annotation.id}"] svg`;

// Wait until SVG is rendered
const observer = new MutationObserver(async () => {
  const svgEl = instance.contentDocument.querySelector(svgSelector);
  if (svgEl) {

    // we need to set the first "g" element to transparent
    svgEl.querySelector("g").style.fill = "transparent";

    // Apply 'round' `strokeLinecap` and `strokeLinejoin` styles to all
    // 'path' elements in 'svgEl' for smooth line endings and joints.
    const paths = svgEl.querySelectorAll("path");

    paths.forEach((path) => {
      path.style.strokeLinecap = "round";
      path.style.strokeLinejoin = "round";

    // serialize to XML
    const svg = new XMLSerializer().serializeToString(svgEl);

    // download the SVG
    const link = document.createElement("a");
    link.href = `data:svg+xml; charset=utf-8, ${svg}`;
    link.download = `${annotation.id}.svg`;

    // Instead of downloading the svg, we can instead
    // render it to a canvas and export the blob
    // as a png.
observer.observe(page, { subtree: true, childList: true });

If you’d like to export it as a PNG instead, we can continue from the previous snippet by instead of downloading the SVG, taking the svg reference, rendering it to a canvas and then exporting the blob:

const img = new Image();
img.src = `data:image/svg+xml; charset=utf-8, ${svg}`;
img.onload = () => {
  const canvas = document.createElement("canvas");
  canvas.width = img.naturalWidth;
  canvas.height = img.naturalHeight;
  const ctx = canvas.getContext("2d");
  ctx.drawImage(img, 0, 0);
    async (blob) => {
      // we can process the blob as we'd like here
    { type: "image/png" }

This has been tested with PSPDFKit for Web 2020.2.6