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Acrobat DC



There are three steps in using a self signed signature.

  1. Create the signature
  2. Set the appearance
  3. Go to Certificates to use the signature


Create a self-signed digital ID (from

Sensitive transactions between businesses generally require an ID from a certificate authority rather than a self-signed one.

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences > Signatures.
  2. Select Identities & Trusted Certificates and click More.
  3. Select Digital IDs on the left, and then click the Add ID button .
  4. Select the option A New Digital ID I Want To Create Now, and click Next.
  5. Specify where to store the digital ID, and click Next.
    1. New PKCS#12 Digital ID File Stores the digital ID information in a file, which has the extension .pfx in Windows and .p12 in Mac OS. You can use the files interchangeably between operating systems. If you move a file from one operating system to another, Acrobat still recognizes it.
    2. Windows Certificate Store (Windows only) Stores the digital ID to a common location from where other Windows applications can also retrieve it.
  6. Type a name, email address, and other personal information for your digital ID. When you certify or sign a document, the name appears in the Signatures panel and in the Signature field.
  7. Choose an option from the Key Algorithm menu. The 2048-bit RSA option offers more security than 1024-bit RSA, but 1024-bit RSA is more universally compatible.
  8. From the Use Digital ID For menu, choose whether you want to use the digital ID for signatures, data encryption, or both.
  9. Type a password for the digital ID file. For each keystroke, the password strength meter evaluates your password and indicates the password strength using color patterns. Reconfirm your password.

You can export and send your certificate file to contacts who can use it to validate your signature.

Customize the look

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences > Creation & Appearance
  2. Under Appearances click New
  3. Give it a Title and select imported graphic click File to choose the image of your signature
  4. Choose your Configure Text options and then click Ok

Use the signature

  1. Click on tools
  2. Scroll to Certificates and in the drop down choose Add Shortcut to create a shortcut on the left.
  3. Once you click on the certificates tool choose Digitally Sign
  4. After you drag a box for the signature choose your Sign As: and Appearance then click sign to save the document.


Adobe 10

Go to Tools / Sign & Certify / Security Settings / Digital ID's

Click Add ID "Remove if an ID is already there". Use PKCS for a password or Windows for now password.

To edit: Preferences / Security / Appearance: New uncheck all but Name and Date.

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