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Engaged ,
Nov 17, 2020

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Hi there! I'm not super familiar with digital signatures, so it may not be possible to do what I'm trying to do. The company I work for is sending out contracts for 2021. Up until today, people have printed out the contracts, signed them, then scanned them... then sent them back to us. We're all working remotely (in different states), so I'm adding the owner's signature to the contract (as an image). 

Today I got a PDf that they added a digital signature to. And I have a feeling this will happen more and more often. The problem is that now I can't open the PDF and edit it... adding the owner's signature. It won't let me edit the document due to the digital signature.

So how do I get around this? Is it possible to edit a PDF once there's a digital signature? Thanks!

 

Julie

 

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Correct answer by ls_rbls | Adobe Community Professional

That is the whole purpose of sealing a document with a digital signature. You'll need to ask the person who sign it to clear the digital signature. Otherwise the answer is No, you can't edit a PDF document once it has been signed like this.

 

On the other hand, it is more practical if you , as the creator of the form, employ a hidden signature field that only allows portions of the document (field objects) to remain editable or read only. You can configure those signature fields like this too. But more importantly, also add a password to add editing  restrictions to your original document.

 

Have you considered using Adobe Sign in this type of workflow?

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Digital signatures

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Hi there! I'm not super familiar with digital signatures, so it may not be possible to do what I'm trying to do. The company I work for is sending out contracts for 2021. Up until today, people have printed out the contracts, signed them, then scanned them... then sent them back to us. We're all working remotely (in different states), so I'm adding the owner's signature to the contract (as an image). 

Today I got a PDf that they added a digital signature to. And I have a feeling this will happen more and more often. The problem is that now I can't open the PDF and edit it... adding the owner's signature. It won't let me edit the document due to the digital signature.

So how do I get around this? Is it possible to edit a PDF once there's a digital signature? Thanks!

 

Julie

 

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by ls_rbls | Adobe Community Professional

That is the whole purpose of sealing a document with a digital signature. You'll need to ask the person who sign it to clear the digital signature. Otherwise the answer is No, you can't edit a PDF document once it has been signed like this.

 

On the other hand, it is more practical if you , as the creator of the form, employ a hidden signature field that only allows portions of the document (field objects) to remain editable or read only. You can configure those signature fields like this too. But more importantly, also add a password to add editing  restrictions to your original document.

 

Have you considered using Adobe Sign in this type of workflow?

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That is the whole purpose of sealing a document with a digital signature. You'll need to ask the person who sign it to clear the digital signature. Otherwise the answer is No, you can't edit a PDF document once it has been signed like this.

 

On the other hand, it is more practical if you , as the creator of the form, employ a hidden signature field that only allows portions of the document (field objects) to remain editable or read only. You can configure those signature fields like this too. But more importantly, also add a password to add editing  restrictions to your original document.

 

Have you considered using Adobe Sign in this type of workflow?

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You can't edit a signed document, UNLESS you've prepared for it in advance and added multiple Signature fields, and have set them not to lock each other when signed. Then you'll be able to add an additional signature to a pre-signed file, without invalidating the old signature.

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Hi Julie

 

++ Adding to the discussion

 

Please look at the help article https://helpx.adobe.com/in/acrobat/kb/edit-signed-PDF.html

 

Regards

Amal

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