How to save multiple signatures in Acrobat DC?

New Here ,
Aug 13, 2015 Aug 13, 2015

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Is there a way to save more than one signature and initials under the fill and sign tools?

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New Here , Mar 10, 2017 Mar 10, 2017
I have this same issue at work.  I sign documents at work and I sign documents for my boss at work.  My work around is this:Save one signature as a signature and the other as "initials".  There are two options on the sign button, one for signature and one for initials.  So I can sign for my boss and myself with that.  Hope it helps someone.

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Community Beginner , May 18, 2020 May 18, 2020
Honestly in my situation niether work-around is good.  Doing the first one involves sending the form to each doctor for signature, which would require them to 1) See the notification, 2) know how to use Adobe Pro and 3) actually do it.  If you have ever worked with or around surgeons, you know that when there is something they want done, they direct that it get done and then leave for either the clinic or the OR.  They will use the computer for the EMR and for email, but they really do not feel ...

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New Here ,
Apr 29, 2020 Apr 29, 2020

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I have a very simple workaround - use NitroPDF much simpler and user friendly and multi signatures are easy.

 

Wish i had switched years ago.

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New Here ,
May 13, 2020 May 13, 2020

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I used the paste clipboard image as stamp tool.

Open the transparent image in any software that support it such as MSWord or Paint, then make a copy (it will be on clipboard) and then go to Acrobat and use this "paste clipboard image as stamp tool."

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Community Beginner ,
May 18, 2020 May 18, 2020

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How can this be considered solved??  It is NOT solved, nor is the work-around a secure work-around.  

I manage an orthopedic surgery office and sign documents for myself and five surgeons.  Previously (in the old Adobe Pro version) I could store all signatures and select the one I wanted for the given document.  Now, in the MORE EXPENSIVE version I can store only one.  This regresses me significantly.  Using the Initials work-around still limits me to 2 signatures.

This is unacceptable and NOT solved.  The only reason we "upgraded" to the new version is because I got a new computer and my old license would not transfer.  Adobe has lost a fan.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 02, 2020

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Agreed, I work for a very large law office and during these covid times we are all telecommuting.  Now more than ever our Legal Assitants need to legitimately sign for their attorneys.

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New Here ,
May 18, 2020 May 18, 2020

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Guess one way to allow multiple signs, for subsequent form fills and workflow signatures in Adobe Acrobar Pro DC is to insert a newy created stamp with the image of your signature in .png. Then go to File in the Menu bar > Save as Other > Reader Extended PDF> Enable More Tools (includes form fill-in & save). This will ask you to save the form with a new name that would now be interactive, fillable and signable by others.

Cheers,

Nash

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 18, 2020 May 18, 2020

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Yes, muliple signatures has always been a problem. The real solution is to add wet signatures to the PDF and then use a digital certificate to lock the PDF.  This is what Adobe Sign does. 

 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
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Community Beginner ,
May 18, 2020 May 18, 2020

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Honestly in my situation niether work-around is good. 

 

Doing the first one involves sending the form to each doctor for signature, which would require them to 1) See the notification, 2) know how to use Adobe Pro and 3) actually do it. 

 

If you have ever worked with or around surgeons, you know that when there is something they want done, they direct that it get done and then leave for either the clinic or the OR.  They will use the computer for the EMR and for email, but they really do not feel their time is best used doing things that other people can and should be doing for them.

 

The second one requires me going around to each surgeon to get a wet signature.  Another thing to know about surgeons is that they are never all together in one place unless there is a board meeting.  They spend half their time in the OR and the other half in the clinic.  Waiting for all of them to sign anything would take at least a week.

 

Which is why I say again - this is not a feature, it's a bug.  I'm now paying monthly for something that I used to be able to buy outright.  So I'm paying many times over what I paid before, yet the features have regressed.  

 

FIX IT.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 19, 2020 May 19, 2020

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Adobe Sign does note use Acrobat. Signers get an email with a web link, They click the link to open a web page that displays the document. They are shown where to sign and given a variety of options on how to sign. If this is on a mobile device they can use thier finger to draw a signature. They click done and you are sent an email informing you the form is signed, with an attached version of the PDF that is now protected with a digital certificate. Very simple for everyone involved. 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
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Community Beginner ,
May 19, 2020 May 19, 2020

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"Easy" is in the eye of the beholder, Thom.  If I have a nice form letter that I want nice signatures on to send to a physician we're trying to recruit I do not want scribbled signatures from a phone on them.  And again - you have clearly never worked with a surgeon.  They count the number of steps and "clicks" it takes them to do EVERYTHING.  They have become highly senstitized to this ever since the emergence of the EMR.  Things they used to be able to direct other people to do they now had to do.  They became data entry clerks. 

 

Right now they could direct ME to get the letter written and prepared to send.  That takes zero clicks.  Anything more than that is too many.  They will do this to sign a mortgage if they have to, but not to sign an important document.

 

This issue is NOT resolved.  It is a regression.  It was available before and was efficient, secure and effective.  Now it is cumbersome, time-consuming and expensive.  

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New Here ,
Oct 31, 2020 Oct 31, 2020

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Deat Thom,

 

We don't care about digital certificate...we just want see our signatures!

I m a lawyer and I use to sign agreements or contracts in the same room...so how I can apply signatures inside the pdf file when all clients are in my office..I had to send them a email????

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 31, 2020 Oct 31, 2020

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I do not think that Adobe Sign can be used in that way. This question has come up before. I think you would need a signing tablet for this type of workflow. I know there are vendors that provide this kind of service. Just not Adobe. 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
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New Here ,
Jul 22, 2020 Jul 22, 2020

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As an assistant to multiple C-Suite executives, I need the ability to sign for each of them, just like I used to with a drop-down menu. SO $%*&^ FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!! that the feature is gone.

SO $%*&^ FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!

SO $%*&^ FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!

SO $%*&^ FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!

SO $%*&^ FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!

SO $%*&^ FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 22, 2020 Jul 22, 2020

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Could not possibly have said it any better.  Illustrates the frustration, irritation and anger perfectly.  

I waited a long time to see if I could come up with a better word than "anger", because that seems unprofessional.  But when discussing anything this categorically insane by a company being obviously and completely tone-deaf and oblivious to the storm they created there is no better word - unless I use a stronger one.

There is no putting lipstick on this pig.  It needs to be fixed.  You had it before and are trying to paint the loss of it as some sort of attractive feature, as if we are too stupid to recognize how utterly ludicrous and laughable they sound.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 06, 2020 Aug 06, 2020

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There is a work around in Acrobat 2017. The 2 sites with more details are at the end.

1. Set up digital IDs for each of your docs. You will need to add their email and a password for each. When you set them up, there is no appearance option, this comes when you go to digitally sign the document. (Edit-Preferences-Signature-Identities and Trusted Certificates)

2. Set up appearance. (Edit-Preferences-Signature-Appearance)

3. Add signature form fields to the document. Then click on document tab to close out form creation.

4. Right click on form field. Select the digital ID. Once you have done this, there is an option to change the appearance, this drop down box will show all the signature images that you added previously. Select, type in password.

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/digital-ids.html?mv=product&mv2=acrobat

https://support.globalsign.com/aatl-document/multiple-signatures-adobe-acrobat-xi

 

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 07, 2020 Aug 07, 2020

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I have re-created all of the signatures that I already had when I had Acrobat XI. The second article references Adobe XI, so I sure hope that I didn't do all of this for nothing. I don't currently have a document that needs to be signed, but I will try this when I do.


Thank you,

Barb
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New Here ,
Dec 28, 2020 Dec 28, 2020

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I have the same problem but rather than signing for multiple people, I need signatures in multiple languages. So I do hope Adobe can add this feature. 

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Explorer ,
Jan 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021

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Is there anyway to add more than 2 signatures?

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Explorer ,
Feb 19, 2021 Feb 19, 2021

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The accepted answer above is a great workaround. You can always scale signatures or initials up once drawn with a mouse or trackpad using the "Draw" option in the "Sign Yourself" feature.

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Explorer ,
Feb 19, 2021 Feb 19, 2021

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As of February 19, 2021, I see that only 1 signed signature is allowed.

 

It took me a while to figure out that one has to delete and existing written signature to allow another to appear.

Doesn't solve the issue those are struggling with here, but it wasn't a very intuitive experience in being able to insert a new signature using the "Sign Yourself" feature in Acrobat.

Have a great day.

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New Here ,
Apr 21, 2021 Apr 21, 2021

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Just found this thread, I think it was asking for non-digital certificate signatures, but in case anyone IS looking to sign with multiple digital signatures, you have to add them under "Tools->Prepare Form".  Why it's not available in "Edit PDF" is beyond me.

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2021 Sep 30, 2021

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I didn't even know about the fill and sign thing. I have jpeg images of the signatures I need to insert and resize/place the image.

Now that I know about it, I'll use fill and sign for the two most frequent and continue using the insert image option for the rest.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 21, 2022 Jan 21, 2022

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There are several different approaches for applying a signature to a PDF.  None of them are totally secure because someone can always find a way to modify the PDF. The trick to secure signatures is using your own signature image in conjunction with a digital certificate. The digital certificate is applied after the document is filled and signed and guarentees document integrity. Someone can certainly change the PDF, but if they do it will invalidate the certificate.   This is the same approach used by the Adobe Sign service. 

But you can do it yourself by using your own professional looking signature image stamp, and then saving the PDF as certified. 

https://www.pdfscripting.com/public/PDF-Signature-Stamps.cfm

 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
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New Here ,
Jan 26, 2022 Jan 26, 2022

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OMG I just upgraded to Adobe Acro DC and this is so unacceptable! I cannot believe one cannot sign securely with multiple signatures, I work for x3 executives and I sign on their behalf, as well as myself... I used to be able to do this in the old Adobe, why would they do this? It makes no sense!

 

Hey Adobe, get off your lazy and fix this already will you! People's jobs are being affected by your bad software decisions.  

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 26, 2022 Jan 26, 2022

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In our organization when we have more than 2 staff to sign for this is how we handle it now.

1. Create a folder in a secure place (our User folders) to store our PNG files (signature images with transparent backgrounds).

2. In Acrobat Pro DC, per the answer in this thread, you can store up to 2 signatures.

  • Fill & Sign tool > Sign yourself  > as Add Signature and Add Initials.
  • Put your most used signature in the Add Signature spot.
  • Use the Add Initials spot to rotate between the PNG files of our secondary signatures.

3. To rotate the Initials spot signature images;

  • Fill & Sign tool > Sign yourself
  • Click the "-" symbol next to the Initials spot.
  • Click the "+" symbol next to the Initials spot.
  • Click Select Image in the popup window.
  • Navigate to the secure folder containing all the PNG file signature images.
  • Double-click on the PNG file you need.
  • After the image loads in the popup window; click Apply to place it in the PDF.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 26, 2022 Jan 26, 2022

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Note: this may not be as secure as using a Digital ID (which limits a person from signing for other staff) but it is better than using the Stamp tool.

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