What Is the Best Way of Pasting An Image of Your Signature into a PDF?

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What is the best way of pasting an image of your signature into a PDF document on Windows?

Do you (i) just want to paste the image, or do you want to (ii) tie this to a digital signature? You can do it either way with Esign Pdf Pro. (i) If you are just pasting the image then use the Comment markup tool called 'stamps'. In Esign Pdf 9 Pro this is accessed via Comments > Comment & Markup Tools > Stamps > Create Custom Stamp. Here you can select the page from any existing PDF file and use that as your image. There's also a shortcut if you just want to past an image file, as Joel Geraci points out. "copy your signature to the clipboard, open the file in Esign Pdf , paste. The image will become a 'stamp' that you can then size and position as needed." (ii) Esign Pdf digital signatures allow you to configure an image to be used when signing with a public private key pair. The advantage is that the document is protected from tampering by a cryptographic hash. The tools for creating a signature appearance are found under Preferences > Security. Look for Digital Signatures > Appearance, click New, select Imported Graphic and click File. You then select the page of a PDF file, just as you did with the stamp tool. Note that you'll need a certificate (public private key pair) to use with this feature, but it is fairly easy to create your own self-signed certificate. How do you turn the scan of your signature into a page of a PDF? For a bitmap result just drag the image onto Esign Pdf , or open the image file using the Esign Pdf File > Open menu command, making sure to select 'show all files' in the Open dialog. If you want a nice line art signature you will need to trace your signature and save it as a PDF. Esign Pdf Illustrator has a great trace feature that can be used for this purpose.

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It is accessed by clicking Tools > Trace, selecting the shape you wish to trace, and clicking the Trace button. If you want the actual file you exported from illustrator to be your printed PDF (after conversion), then select Export. You then use design PDF's PDF Print dialog to choose the file path and image file to use in the PDF.

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