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Acrobat - Digital Signatures

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2017 12:57PM PDT
You do not need an Acrobat Pro version in order to use digital signatures. To create and use an Adobe Digital ID, please refer to the attachment for step by step instructions with screen shots.
 
How to create a Digital Signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader
 
To create a digital signature that can be applied to PDF forms, please follow the instructions below:

1. Open a PDF Form that requires a signature. This is denoted on a PDF form by a red tag that looks like this:
2. Click on the signature field.
3. You will be presented with a window labeled Add Digital ID.
4. Select “A new digital ID I want to create now” and then select “Next >”.
5. Select “New PKCS#12 digital ID file” and then select “Next >”
6. Fill out the provided fields with your information and select “Next >”.
7. Leave the File Name value as it is, enter a Password for your Digital ID and then select “Finish”.
IMPORTANT: There is NO way to recover this password. Make sure it is one you will not forget.
If you cannot remember your password you must create a new digital ID.
8. You will then be presented with this screen where you will need to enter the password you specified in step 7.
9. After entering your password, select “Sign”.

OPTIONAL: Additional Setup Options - In addition to setting up your digital signature, you can have it display your actual signature instead of just plain text. To do this, please follow these instructions:

1. You can take a picture with a phone or an iPad and send it to your email address. When you receive the email, save the picture attachment to your desktop.
2. From the Sign Document window in Step 8 of setting up your digital signature, choose the dropdown menu for Appearance and choose “Create New Appearance…”.
3. In the Configure Graphic section in the middle of the screen, select “Imported graphic”, and then select the “File…” button.
4. On the “Select Picture” window, select the “Browse…” button.
5. Select the signature picture you saved to your desktop in Step 1 and then select the “Open” button.
6. If the signature looks good, select “OK” on the “Select Picture” window. If you do not like the signature, repeat steps 1 & 4 until it is satisfactory.
7. On the Configure Signature Appearance window select the “OK” button.
8. You should now have your handwritten signature included with your digital signature.

1. Open a PDF Form that requires a signature. This is denoted on a PDF form by a red tag that looks like this:
2. Click on the signature field.
3. The “Sign Document” window will be displayed.
4. Type your Digital ID password in the “Password” field and select the “Sign” button.
5. You will then be prompted to Save the signed version of the document to a location of your choosing.
6. After saving the signed version of the document, the signature field should show your signature.

 

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