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A few of my clients send contracts for everything, including the smallest bit of work. It's great, except signing them and returning without printing is always a bit of a hassle. I've got my signature scanned so I can just paste it in, but I've been doing this with Photoshop every time. Saving a Photoshop PDF makes the file size soooo huge. And then there's the hassle of opening a single page in Photoshop, saving it out, and replacing the pages in Preview for every contract.
There must be a better way! Is there?
Note: There is no way I'll be able to get these clients to change their PDFs. I need to do it all on my end.
Do it in Illustrator instead?
Saving from photoshop, make sure you flatten the image, then save with some kinda compression... even if your pdf in photoshop only has 1 layer, but its actually a layer and not a background layer, the filesize is way bigger. Also make sure "preserve photoshop editing capabilities" is not checked, as that also stores extra info so you can open it up and edit it easier. let me know if any of that helps, I have more tips but I want to see if that actually does it for you first.
Realizing that only solves one of your issues... but what about placing your signature into the PDF itself inside acrobat. You can make an EPS of your signature and copy/paste it into the contract in acrobat, place it in the right spot and save, done. :)
I was trying to find something similar, but for my clients. An easy way for them to sign my PDF contract and email it back to me. Paper and Fax machines suck.
In a court of law does "Typing your name on the dotted line" count as a signature? I would assume it would, otherwise would License Agreements (ie HTML Radio Buttons / Checkmarks) hold up in court?
The LONG method would include creating a custom font where one of the modifier keys types your signature (you add the vector of it into the font) and then you simply TYPE it into the PDF using Acrobat Pro.
- < i agree with this. upload your signature, i'll build the font... it's safe.registe
- you so clevermonospaced
- hehe, i've actually already done this though, i have a font built with every character as my signatureregiste
- i never use it.registe
- same heremonospaced
What I've done is use Illustrator. I scan my signature and then save it out as a JPEG with a white background, tweak the brightness etc. Then I open the PDF page in Illustrator, place the signature, scale it appropriately, and then set its blend mode to multiply. Then fill out the rest of the stuff using the type tool.
The new Preview in Lion has signature support, which is essentially the same thing as above. However, if the PDF wasn't made correctly to type into for the other stuff, it prolly makes sense to just do it in Illy.
There's also a digital signature in PDF but some folks might think it's not going to pass legal (when it actually does)