Creating Self Signed Signatures in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

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Before starting this process - you will need the following:

  • Adobe Reader DC installed. This can be downloaded for free at
  • A scanned photo of your signature in .pdf, .jpg or .png format.

Once this is completed, you can move forward with creating a self signed signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC in Windows by following these steps:

Step 1: Import Signature

  • Click on “Edit”
  • Click on “Preferences”
  • Click on “Signatures”
  • Click on “More” within the “Creation & Appearance” area


  • Click on “New” within the “Appearance” area


  • Enter your name in the “Title” field
  • Select “Imported graphic” and then select “File” then “Browse”. Select the .jpg/.png/.pdf file of the signature.
  • Click ‘OK’


Step 2: Create Digital ID

  • Click on “Edit”
  • Click on “Preferences”
  • Click on “Signatures”
  • Click on “More” within the “Identities & Trusted Certificates” area
  • Select ‘Add ID’


  • Select ‘A new digital ID I want to create now’


  • Ensure ‘New PKCS#12 digital ID file’ is select then click on ‘Next’
  • Fill out the Name, Organizational Unit, Organization Name, and E-mail Address. Click “Next”


  • Set a password to the signature in the Password field. Confirm the password and select ‘Finish’

Step 3: Using the Digital Signature

  • NOTE: You will only be able to sign documents when a PDF file is opened directly in Adobe Reader DC. This option is not currently available when using the build-in PDF readers in web browsers. To ensure you are not opening the PDF file within the web browser - download the PDF file to your computer and open it directly in Adobe Reader DC.
  • Click on the signature field you would like signed
  • Select the Digital ID that was created
  • Use the ‘Appearance’ drop down to select the signature picture
  • Enter the signature password in the lower left corner
  • Click ‘Sign’
  • Save the signed PDF file.