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Easy Way to Add a Signature to PDF Documents

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2022-09-06 10:19:44 • Filed to: How-To-Windows • Proven solutions

PDF is a document format used widely in the business world. Because of this, digitally-signed PDFs have now been widely accepted as secure, professional, and legally binding documents. Are you wondering how to add a signature to PDF documents electronically? In this article we'll show you steps to add signature to PDF with Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor.


How to Add Electronic Signature to PDF

Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor enables you to perform numerous functions including, creating, editing, converting, reviewing, commenting, and signing PDF documents, but our topic of concern is to add e-signature to PDFs.

PDFelement enables you to add an electronic signature to PDF in several ways: add image signature, add a handwritten signature or add a signature by typing.

1. How to Add Signature Field to PDF

The signature block is the space for people to sign in PDF files. If your PDF document doesn't have a signature field right now, you can easily add one with PDFelement.

Step 1: Open your PDF document in PDFelement.

Step 2: Click Form and select Digital Signature Field to add a signature block to PDF.

Step 3: You can drag the signature field to the right place on the document and click Enter.

Now people can easily add a signature to the PDF

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2. How to Add Signature Image to PDF

One way to add your handwritten signature to PDF is to sign on paper, then scan the paper into an image and add the scanned signature to the PDF document. PDFelement can help you easily add a signature to PDF.

Step 1: Open the PDF document that you want to add the signature in PDFelement.

Step 2: Then create a signature from an image by clicking Comments > Handwritten Signature > Create.

Step 3: In the Upload area, click Choose Image and select your signature image. Click OK to save the signature.

Now you can add the signature image to any place on the PDF file.

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3. How to Add Handwritten Signature to PDF

PDFelement also allows you to add an electronic signature to PDF by drawing using a touchpad, mouse, and more.

Step 1: Open PDFelement and add the PDF document to sign

Step 2: Click Comments > Handwritten Signature > Create. Then click Draw and then draw your signature by using a mouse, or touchpad.

Step 3: You can customize the color and font size.

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4. How to Add Signature to PDF by Typing

You can also type your signature with more than 50 font styles that PDFelement provided. You can customize the font style, and color to get a beautiful-designed electronic signature.

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How to Add Digital Signature to PDF(with Certificate)

Taking the authority of your digital signature into consideration, we suggest that you sign PDF documents with a certificate-based digital ID. PDFelement lets you create your own certificate ID, but the common approach is using a certificate ID issued by a trusted third-party certificate authority. With a certificate-based digital ID, recipients will able to verify whether the PDF file you've signed is authentic or not.

Below we'll cover how to use PDFelement to add digital signatures to PDF files.

Step 1: Open the File and Navigate to Protect Menu

Launch PDFelement, then click on the "Open files" menu to browse your computer for the PDF document that you want to add a signature to. After opening it, navigate to the "Protect" Menu to add a signature to the PDF document.

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Step 2: Insert Signature in PDF

Under the "Protect" Menu, click on the "Sign Document" button. Move your cursor to the area where you want the signature to be added and click on it. When you do this, a dialogue box titled "Sign Document" will pop up.

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Step 3: Create New Signature ID

When you add a signature to a PDF with PDFelement for the first time, click on the New ID button to create a new ID. In the "New ID" box, if you already have a digital ID, browse for the file on your computer and import it to PDFelement. If you don't have a previous digital ID, create one with your name, email address, company name, etc. When you finish importing or creating a digital ID, it will lead you back to the "Sign Document" window, with your ID info displayed in the box. Click "Sign" for your signature to be added to the PDF file. And that's how you add a PDF signature!

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Video Tutorial to Put Signature on PDF

To add signatures to a PDF file, especially an imported PDF document, you need a professional PDF tool, like PDFelement. Though not as well-recognized as Adobe® Reader and Adobe® Acrobat®, PDFelement lets you apply a certified industry-standard digital signature to your documents, which of course, will speed up your workflow with co-workers, clients, and partners.


How to Add Signature to PDF Online

An app to add signatures to PDFs, with an impressive 100 GB of cloud storage and guaranteed privacy, Wondershare Document Cloud is a browser-based tool that can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and from any device.

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In addition to all this, you can also use it to create a signature file to send to others for collecting their signatures. You will get notification if the recipients have signed the documents.

Following are the steps to add your signature to a PDF file online using Document Cloud:

Step 1: Visit the Cloud Page

Open the website and reach the main page of Document Cloud by clicking on “ACCESS CLOUD” button.

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Step 2: Upload Files

Click on “Initiate” to upload documents from your local device or from Document Cloud.

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Step 3: Enter Email Addresses

Enter the email address of the people who have to sign the documents, and select one or both of the boxes stating, “Set signing order” and “I want to sign the document”.

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Step 4: Forward the Document to the Recipients

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Add the required fields to the PDF file by dragging and dropping them and click on “Send for Signatures” to send the documents to the recipients.

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Step 5: Follow the Link to Sign the Document

All the recipients will receive an email notification with the document link. By clicking on the link they will be redirected to the document on the website, where they will fill in the fields and complete the signature.

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How to Add Signature to PDF Mac

PDFelement is also available for macOS. So you can add a signature to PDF on Mac with PDFelement. Open a PDF file on Mac with PDFelement, click Markup > Create Signature. Then you can add a signature with an image or by drawing a signature using a mouse or trackpad.

Learn more PDF signature tools for macOS.

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How to Add Signature in Adobe Acrobat

If you use Adobe Acrobat, you can add your signature to PDF in the following steps.

Step 1:Open the PDF document in Acrobat or Reader and click Fill & Sign.

Step 2:Click the Sign icon in the Fill & Sign. Then you can add a signature or just initials.

Step 3:If you've already created a signature or initials, just select it from the Sign options. If not, create a signature by typing, drawing or a signature image.

Step 4:Click Apply and select where you want to place the signature or initial.

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