In today’s digital world, it can be challenging to sign PDF documents. But don’t worry! There are some easy and secure ways to do so.
In this article, we’ll discuss the various methods for signing a PDF document, from using a digital signature to storing your signature electronically.
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Using a digital signature
- A digital signature can be created with a certificate. This method involves installing an app on your computer or smartphone that generates a unique code sent to the recipient’s device when you sign the document.
- You can also create one using your pen or finger: When signing a physical document, you simply draw an image of something personal to you (such as an animal or thing).
For example, if you were signing over the property to someone else and wanted them to know it was yours because no one else could draw that animal as you could—you’d draw it on your signature line, so they would know who was giving away all that stuff.
- Finally, there are apps that allow users to record their voice while signing documents electronically; this method works best for people who have trouble holding pens and writing things down but want everyone else involved in that process (like lawyers).
Creating an image of your signature
Signing a PDF with a stylus is similar to signing on paper: you touch the screen and move your finger, pen, or another writing instrument across it. This can be done using an electronic signature pad (the kind you see in doctor’s offices) or regular touchscreen devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The main difference between signing with an electronic signature device and regular touchscreens is that the former may require more physical pressure than the latter, depending on its design.
As per the experts at Adobe Acrobat, “The downside of using a stylus rather than bare fingers is that there’s no tactile feedback—you won’t feel it when the tip of your pen touches down on paper.”
On the plus side, using one will make it easier to draw straight lines and write small letters than drawing them with your fingers would be on most modern-day computer screens.
Storing your signature electronically
- Create a signature that you can reuse. If you have a signature that’s unique to one document, there are several ways to store it and use it in other documents.
- Use a signature pad. If you have access to a digital signature pad at work or school, this is probably the easiest way to create an electronic version of your traditional pen-and-ink signature that looks just like the original.
- Use an app on your phone or tablet computer. Some apps also come with templates for creating different types of signatures (like “John Doe” or “Jane Doe”), which makes them easier than filling out fields manually by hand when signing documents digitally.
- Scan existing paper signatures into PDF files using an OCR scanner if possible; otherwise, try taking photos of them with both front/back facing cameras if possible so they’re clear enough not only when using other programs like Acrobat Reader but also within Microsoft Word itself too!
I hope this article helped you learn the best ways to sign a PDF document and give it much-needed authenticity.
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