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Create signatures and sign

Adobe's DC product family offers rich signing capabilities, including free features in Acrobat Reader, cloud-based eSign services that let you sign, send, and track documents from anywhere, and the Adobe Sign application that enables creating and managing signature workflows from your mobile device.

To start a signing action:

  1. Tap anywhere in the PDF to open the menus if they are hidden.
  2. Tap annotations icon and then tap sign icon.

The following free features are available:

Create a signature

You can create signatures from a hand drawing, an image, or a camera picture:

  1. With the annotations menu open, tap and Sign icon.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If no signature has been previously stored on the device, tap Create Signature.
    • To replace an existing signature, tap Clear Saved Signature and re-tap Sign icon > Create Signature.
      • Hand draw a signature.
      • Tap Image icon to choose an image on your device.
      • Tap Camera icon to use your camera to capture an image of your signature.
    • Tap Done.

Note: Choose Tap Save to Online Profile to store the signature on your device and synchronize it across your computer and the web.

Create signature dialog

Sign a document

  1. With the annotations menu open, tap Comment menu icon and Sign icon.
  2. Tap where you want to add your signature. If no signature has been previously stored on the device, the Create Signature panel appears.
  3. Tap Place Signature.
  4. If you need to, modify the signature before you close the document. You can move, resize, and change the color of the signature as described below.
Place and clear signature menu

Sign tool iconSynchronizing a signature across devices

Once your signature is saved, it is stored in the cloud so you can use it on the desktop, the web, and all mobile apps, including Acrobat Reader, Fill and Sign, and Adobe Sign. All platforms support both image and hand drawn signatures.

Simply choose Save Signature to store you signature in the cloud.

Save signature control

Sign iconResize or move a signature

Before the document is closed, you can resize or move your signature. After the document is flattened, changes are not possible. To do so:

  1. Tap a new signature.
  2. When the corner handles appear (blue circles):
Corner handles for resizing a signature

Edit the signature color

Before the document is closed, you can change the color of hand drawn signatures. After the document is saved and flattened, changes are not possible. To edit a recently added signature:

  1. Tap the signature.
  2. When the context menu appears, tap Color.
  3. Tap a color.
Change signature color

Remove a document signature

Signatures cannot be changed or removed after a document is saved. If you've signed a document and are still viewing it, delete the signature by tapping it and choosing Delete.

Clear a saved signature

  1. With the annotations menu open, tap Sign icon.
  2. Tap .
Place and clear signature

Undo or redo the last action

You can undo and redo your last action. Simply tap Undo > Undo (Last Action Name).

Manage signing workflows

Adobe Sign is a mobile companion to the Send for Signature tool and Adobe's enterprise-class e-sign services. It’s the ideal tool for initiating and managing signature workflows as well as collecting e-signatures in person from a client or customer. Sign Manager is part of Adobe's signing ecosystem that allows you to sign, send, track, and manage signature workflows from the desktop, mobile devices, and the web.

Sign workflow diagram

Frequently asked questions

Why can't I sign a document?

Secured documents restrict certain types of edits, including signing. If there is a lock icon in the lower right-hand menu, the document is secured and signing is not allowed.

Why can't I delete a signature in a document?

Once a document is saved, the PDF is flattened and the signature cannot be removed.

Why don't I see my comments, form data, or signatures in my PDF?

It may be that you are not using Adobe's Acrobat Reader. Other PDF viewers may not support all the features that Adobe's Acrobat Reader supports. View your PDFs with Acrobat Reader, and if you send it to someone else, encourage the recipient to do the same.

How can I display a list of signatures in a document?

This feature is currently unsupported.

Can I sign a password protected PDFs?