Creating Self Signed Signatures in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

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To create a self signed signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC in Windows:

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

  • 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.