Inserting signature into PDF in Preview

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  1. ohla313 macrumors 6502a

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    I have to fill out a W-9 form for my job and I was sent a pdf. I have my digital signature set up but have no idea how I can import it into the w-9 form through preview. any ideas? :confused:
     
  2. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think you can do that with Preview. You might be better off printing it out, signing it, scanning it, and emailing it back or using an image editing program to add the signature to the pdf layer and exporting it as an image or pdf.
     
  3. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    That's what I usually do.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You need Adobe Acrobat or Reader for that. Preview won't do it.
     
  5. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    I would disagree with needing Adobe Acrobat. You can use Adobe Acrobat, but there are other apps you can use to accomplish the same thing.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Such as? The OP is looking for a solution. "Other apps" isn't very specific.
     
  7. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    Gimp, Pixelmator, PDFClerk Pro, and PDFpen are some that can be found on Google.

    I would recommend any of these versus a pirated copy of Adobe bloatware.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Who said anything about pirated copies?

    PDFpen - $49.95
    PDFClerk Pro - $45.00
    Pixelmator - $59.00
    Gimp is primarily image editing, and not well suited to filling out PDF forms.

    You can do it online with: https://www.fillanypdf.com/

    You can also install Adobe Reader for Macintosh - FREE
     
  9. Caleb531 macrumors 6502

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    What about the Watermark PDF Documents action in Automator?
     

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  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It looks rather cumbersome. You'd have to do a lot of experimenting to get the watermark to the right size and location on the PDF. Why bother when Adobe Reader is designed for that purpose and it's free?
     
  11. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks a lot! I will try fillanypdf and adobe reader hopefully it works next time. I just went ahead and printed, signed, then scanned. it wasn't a pain but i rather have a better procedure.
     
  12. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    I said plenty. I don't know anyone who has actually paid for any Adobe software, but plenty of people who recommend it. I, personally, have Pixelmator and PDFClerk Pro, and have paid for them. Either one would do the trick.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I have paid for Acrobat for Windows systems. I'm in the habit of paying for the software I use, unless it's freeware. I can't speak for others, but neither can you speak for me. The OP can use the free Adobe Reader to accomplish what they wanted. Buying any app in order to do what the OP wants is an unnecessary expense.
     
  14. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    Good for you, but the Adobe Reader doesn't allow for editing PDF files. Acrobat does, and that is not the free reader.

    Oh yeah, I wanted to add that GIMp is free, is an imaging editing app and would do the job just as well as Pixelmator. So the Op doesn't have to pay money to print, scan, and email like they did, but if you want to have an online spat about your support for Adobe software against my disdain for Adobe software, keep it up. I'm sure the Op is done with reading either one of our posts.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The OP isn't trying to edit PDF files:
    http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/
     
  16. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Acrobat/9.0/Standard/WS58a04a822e3e50102bd615109794195ff-7d48.w.html

    A digital signature isn't needed by the OP's payroll/accounts payable department, but an ink signature is. The payroll/accounts payable department needs a physical signature from the Op to show that their social or fed ID number is accurate.

    You assume that the W-9 fits the bill, but since I refuse to use Adobe products as often as possible, I can't verify this. Can you? You seem to love their ****...
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There's no need to get emotional. No one is suggesting that you use Adobe products. The thread is about meeting the OP's needs, not yours. I don't "love" any product or service and have no vested interest in any particular solution. Adobe Reader happens to be the best tool for the OP's application. Your dislike of Adobe is completely irrelevant to the OP's needs.
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  18. Detektiv-Pinky macrumors 6502a

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    I have used FormlatePro http://code.google.com/p/formulatepro/ for this.

    It can overlay arbitrary pictures/pdfs and costs nothing.
     
  19. BlueTongue macrumors newbie

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    I have found a way, even for a multi-page document. I had to email a pdf with signature on page 3. This is the process:
    go to page 3 in Preview > File > Save As...
    In the Save as window, select Format > JPEG (or PNG)
    call it doc3.JPG (JPG automatically appended)
    Open doc3.JPG in GIMP, Open your Signature file in GIMP (my signature was a transparent PNG file, which meant I could do the next step and have no white space through the line in page3)
    In GIMP Signature doc: Edit > Copy Visible
    Select doc3.jpg Edit > Paste and reposition your signature (I had to resize the original signature size ( Image > Scale Image)
    Save and close doc3.jpg
    Open doc3.jpg in Preview, File > Print, select PDF dropdown > Save As PDF call it doc3.pdf
    Open original doc in Preview, make sure that both files show the sidebar in Thumbnail form: View > Sidebar > View Sidebar then View > Sidebar > Thumbnail
    Drag Thumbnail of page3.pdf from its Sidebar onto original doc Sidebar
    You should now have a document with 4 pages, delete the original (no signature) page 3 by clicking on it in the Sidebar and push delete key
    Select all 3 pages in Sidebar and File > Print Selected Pages... select PDF dropdown > Save As PDF call it Signature Doc.pdf and you can now attach the signed form to an email
    Good luck, it sounds more complicated than it is
     
  20. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    Hi,
    is the OP trying to digitally sign the PDF or just to insert his human signature ??
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    This:
    You didn't read the thread. Your method does not work for a digital signature, which is the topic being discussed.
     
  22. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    But maybe the OP is using a wrong term.

    ...
     
  23. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You may be right, since the OP doesn't specify. It could be improper use of the term, or it could be that when they couldn't insert a digital signature, they opted for a written one as a substitute.
     
  24. illinois2011 macrumors newbie

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    Lion makes inserting your real signature into a PDF really easy. I just competed a tutorial on how to use the new signature capture feature in Preview. http://youtu.be/OkrqbxSRXTc
     
  25. SuzieQ macrumors newbie

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    digital signatures and more

    I invested a little in PDF Studio. At under $100 (and students get a discount) it lets me pull forms and other info into a single document. Then, I can both put the image of my handwritten signature onto the document, AND I can 'digitally sign" the PDF, which means it is also encrypted so any PDF reader can tell I signed it, and when. A digital signature (the encrypted kind) will show if the document has been changed after it was signed -- a very useful feature.
    PDF Studio lets me add watermarks or stamps, too! I really like it!
     

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