How to Place a Handwritten Signature in a PDF File
Adobe encourages users worried about security to insert digital signatures into PDF files. These include information like a name, address, and even photo. However, nothing there actually looks like your signature. Inserting a handwritten signature image into a PDF file is, confusingly, an entirely unrelated process. However, once you have the signature on your computer, inserting it into documents is more simple.
Things You'll Need
- Adobe Acrobat
- Scanner (optional)
Save your signature file as an image on your computer. You can either actually write it out by hand and use a scanner to scan it in, or draw it on using a computer program like Paint (included with Windows).
Open the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat. This process will not work with Adobe Reader.
Select "Create Custom Stamp" from the "Tools" menu.
Select your signature image file and click "Open."
Click the stamp icon in your toolbar.
Select your signature from the drop-down menu of stamps.
Click once in the area of the PDF where you would like to place your handwritten signature. It will appear there.