Signing a PDF

Have you ever signed for something electronically, such as a parcel?
Signing a PDF is quite similar. There are a few ways to sign a PDF in Adobe Reader and in this blog we'll have a quick look at them, including how you could use a webcam to sign a document!

Type your signature

As the name suggests, you simply type your name and Adobe Reader will write it in a handrwitten-style font. Simple.

Draw my Signature

This one can be a little tricky with a mouse but is perfect for a tablet PC. Simply draw your signature as if it were on paper.

Use an Image

If you find yourself signing PDFs often, you may chose to have a premade image of your signature that you can simply drag onto the PDF and drop where needed.

Use a Certificate

Digital certificates are like an electronic fingerprint, marking a document as read and acknowledged. Commonly used for businesses sending PDFs via email.

These are fairly common methods of signing a PDF, but have you ever signed something with your webcam? Probably not.

Use your Webcam

Adobe Reader has quite a nifty little feature that allows you to sign a PDF with your proper signature even if you don't have a tablet or premade image. It's easy to use, too!


  1. Fire up Adobe Reader and open the PDF document you want to sign.
  2. From the menu bar, choose View > Sign, which opens the Sign panel on the right of the window.
    Click Place Signature.
  3. In the window that opens, select Use a webcam and click Start Webcam in the video preview area.
  4. Hold your signature up to your camera and line it up with the blue line in the preview area.
    When it looks right to you, click Accept.
  5. Click to place your newly scanned signature into the document.
    Use the handles to resize the signature and adjust its position as necessary.


To sign documents in the future, just click the Place Signature button again to sign with your scanned signature.

Learn More

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To read the full article from Adobe, go here