Adding your signature to a document shows you understand and agree to the terms within. However, signing a document in person becomes a challenge when you are miles away. This is where putting signatures on PDF documents online comes in handy. All you need is an Internet connection, a laptop or smartphone device, and an efficient editing tool.
The process of adding a signature to a document might seem complicated, especially if you are a newbie. Keep reading this article to learn how to attach signatures to PDF files.
Attaching signatures on PDF is a convenient method to verify the authenticity of documents and is cheaper because the signer doesn't have to travel long distances or use office supplies such as pen and paper. Furthermore, there are many tools to help you sign PDFs, either online or offline tools.
Online signature tools require an internet connection. One of its advantages is that it matches up with many operating systems. Furthermore, you can access data at any location, allowing you to work remotely and with any device.
In contrast, offline signature tools don't need an internet connection. In addition, offline signing software usually supports multiple signature methods, including image signature, drawing signature, digital signature, etc. This method has greater protection and functionality than online ones, making it suitable for handling confidential and sensitive documents.
Now that you understand the critical differences between those two kinds of tools, let's discuss how to put a signature on your PDF using offline tools.
Wondershare PDFelement is an effective and lightweight editing tool that can help you add a signature to your PDF document. Wondershare PDFelement supports iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices.
Apart from adding a signature, here is a list of nifty features that come with the offline tool.
Creating and filling forms
Organization of pages
Editing tools that allow you to add text, images, and shapes
Conversion of files
Stay tuned to learn how to use Wondershare PDFelement to draw, upload, and type a signature onto a PDF.
Here is a step-by-step guide on drawing signatures on your PDF using Wondershare PDFelement.
Step 1 Launch the Wondershare PDFelement platform and navigate to the Homepage.
Step 2 Click on the "Comment" tab and select the Signature button. Click on the "+ Create" button to create your handwritten signature.
Step 3 Select "Draw" and use your mouse, touchpad, or fingers if you use a phone or tablet to draw your signature. Customize your signature by changing the color. Once you are happy with your signature, click "OK" to save the changes.
Here is a detailed guide on how to upload a signature to PDF using Wondershare PDFelement.
Step 3 Select "Upload" and then click on Choose Image. Browse your folder till you find a photo you want to upload to the platform. Once you are happy with the photo you have uploaded, click "OK" to save the changes.
Premium effect of the image signature
Suppose you took a photo of your handwritten signature, but it came out blurry. You might also realize too late that your photograph contains an unwanted background that you would prefer to remove. PDFelement has a nifty Image Signature feature that comes with a premium effect.
This feature allows you to remove the unwanted background of the uploaded image, leaving you with an image of the signature. You can also sharpen the signature if the image is unclear and looks pixelated.
Lastly, the premium effect feature enables you to convert an image into black and white, eliminating any unnecessary color.
Below is a guide on how to put a signature on PDF documents through typing.
Step 3 Select "Type" and key the name you want to include in your signature. Look through the fonts and select one that tickles your fancy. Customize your signature by changing the size and color of the font. Click "OK" to save your changes.
Wondershare Document Cloud is an online cloud-based platform that simplifies your workflow and improves your efficiency. Wondershare Document Cloud gives you 1GB free to store your documents and important files. However, you can get up to 100GB of storage space when you subscribe to one of the packages on the platform.
For all platforms
Another perk of using the Wondershare Document Cloud is that you can access all your documents from any device anywhere without worrying about the security of your content. Wondershare cloud supports mobile systems, Windows, Linux, and macOS. Here are some cool features that you can expect while using this platform.
Addition of signatures
Addition of annotations and comments
Easy file sharing
Let's discuss how to put a signature on your PDF using Wondershare Document Cloud.
Step 1 Set up a free account if you don't have one, or sign in to your existing account with your credentials
Step 2 Go to the "Home" tab and click "Upload Files" to upload the document you want to sign. You can select one or several files from your folder.
Step 3 The uploaded files will be in the "Recent Document Activity" section. Once you are satisfied with the documents, select "Sign."
Step 4 There are two options in the "Sign" tab, "Request Signatures" and "Bulk Send." You can use the former to insert several signatures from different people on the same document. The latter allows you to obtain one signature per document copy from several people.
Step 5 After you select "Request Signatures" or "Bulk Send," click on Initiate and prepare the document for signing. You could add the signers' email addresses, specify a signing order, write a custom message and add your company logo. Once you are done, select "Next" to proceed to the final stage.
Step 6 Drag the relevant fields into the document, check if everything is in order, and click on the "Send for Signature" button. Each signer will receive an email notification and a link that will direct them to a secure page where they can add a digital signature.
For detailed operation process about electronically sign PDFs with Wondershare Document Cloud, watch the video below:
Apart from the offline tools discussed above, you could use numerous online tools to create and attach a digital signature to your PDF. All you need is a stable Internet connection, so you won't experience hiccups while using the online platform.
Creating a digital signature online is as simple as drawing using your mouse or touchpad till you are happy with the result. Alternatively, you could also type the signature and select your preferred font. Once you are done, you can download the signature and use it on your digital documents.
SignWell is an excellent example of an online signature drawing tool to help you attach signatures to PDFs online with ease.
The following are key characteristics of SignWell that can help you create a digital signature.
You can draw your signature with a mouse, touchpad, phone, or tablet.
It has a color picker to help you pick another color other than black.
The platform supports typing out an online signature.
The handwritten fonts are visually appealing.
You can customize the style of your digital signature.
Here is a detailed guide on how to use SignWell to create a signature through drawing.
Step 1 Go to the SignWell website. Click on the "Draw Signature" icon.
Step 2 Use your touchpad, mouse, or fingers if you are using your phone or tablet to freehand draw your signature.
Step 3 Customize the color of your signature. Click on "Save" at the bottom of the page.
Below is a guide on how to use SignWell to create a signature image by typing
Step 1 Go to the SignWell homepage. Click on the "Type Signature" icon.
Step 2 Type out an outline of a signature and choose the handwriting font that suits you best.
Step 3 Customize the color and size of your signature. Click "Save" at the bottom of the page to complete the process.
Since we use PDFs regularly to send and store content, PDF editing tools have made our work much more manageable. These tools are also pretty versatile with both offline and online platforms. However, offline tools are more feature rich than online tools because they are not limited by Internet connectivity. We hope this article has been helpful and illustrated how easy it is to add a signature to a PDF.