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Signing PDFs in Acrobat with an image

2010 June 21
by Tedb0t

If you’re like me, you occasionally get emailed PDFs that need to be signed (with a written signature, not a fancy-schmancy digital certificate). It would be ridiculous to print it out, sign it, and scan it, so luckily there are more logical (and environmentally friendly!) alternatives.

First you’ll want to scan in your signature and make the background transparent in Photoshop or equivalent, and save it as a transparent GIF (I also save it as a transparent PNG). Keep in mind that, security wise, it is not a Good Idea to have your signature sitting around on your computer unless it’s encrypted. I still have to find a good solution for that.

If you have Adobe Acrobat Professional, select Tools > Advanced Editing > TouchUp Object Tool, then right click on your document and choose your GIF in the picker (for some reason Acrobat didn’t recognize my PNG), then resize it and place it! Easy!

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