Add a digital signature to a PDF using Preview

Apple always builds all kinds of hidden things into their stuff. Today I had to sign a contract. The contract was sent over as a PDF. I really didn’t want to print it, sign it, and mail or fax it back or rescan it and email it back. I don’t have a scanner and I don’t have a printer. I started playing with Preview and it turns out, it’s built in now. This is available in Lion.

  1. Open the PDF that needs a signature with Preview.
  2. Click the Annotate tab to display the annotate toolbar.
  3. Select the Signature button.
  4. If you do not have a signature loaded already, click Create Signature from Built-In iSight…. If you already have one loaded, skip to step 7
  5. In the Signatures tab, click Create Signature…
  6. Sign your name to a white piece of paper and hold it up to your iSight camera.
  7. Click Accept when your signature is positioned correctly inside the preview area.
  8. With the Signature button selected (it should be blue), click and drag where you want to place your signature.

1 Responses to Add a digital signature to a PDF using Preview

  1. Karthik says:

    Well explained stuff!

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