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How to add a scanned signature to an e-signature using Acrobat X

Learn how to e-sign PDF by scanning your signature into Acrobat X to make your e-signatures look more like handwritten signatures.

By February 6, 2012

 



In this tutorial, learn how to e-sign PDF by scanning your signature into Acrobat X to make your e-signatures look more like handwritten signatures. You can add your signature as part of your e-signature. First you need the signature itself. Write your name on a piece of paper at a normal size—you don't need to fill a whole page—and then scan it into Acrobat X. You often see artifact on the text, such as the faint lines and dots in the background. Before using the e-signature, follow the steps in this quick tip video to get the image in shape.

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How to add a scanned signature to an e-signature using Acrobat X

Donna BakerFebruary 6, 2012

Would you like to make your digital signatures look more like handwritten signatures? You can add your signature as part of your digital signature.

First you need the signature itself. Write your name on a piece of paper at a normal size—you don't need to fill a whole page and scan it into Acrobat X. You often see artifact on the text, such as the faint lines and dots in the background. Before using the signature, follow these steps to get the image in shape:

  • In the Tools panel, click Document Processing and click Optimize Scanned PDF. Drag the slider right to create a high quality scan.
  • The text doesn't need to be captured, so deselect Make Searchable.
  • To improve the appearance even more, click Edit and adjust the filter settings.
  • Click OK to process the signature then save the PDF.

Now follow these steps to create the new digital signature:

  • Choose Edit > Preferences on Windows, or Acrobat > Preferences on Mac and click the Security category. You'll see a list of the signature versions you've created and stored on your computer. The Preview updates as you modify the appearance.
  • Click New to open the Configure Signature Appearance dialog box. Type a name for the appearance, otherwise, Acrobat uses the date and time as the name.
  • Click Imported Graphic, then click File to locate and select the signature scan file.
  • You'll see the preview in the Select Picture dialog box. Click OK and we're back to the main dialog box.
  • Deselect the checkboxes for the text options you don't want to include. You see the preview updates as you modify the appearance.
  • When you're done, click OK. You'll see the new appearance added to the list. Click OK to close the preferences.

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