How to sign a PDF on Mac

We’ve all been in a situation where a document needs a signature, but the signer is out of state or in a different city. Usually, what we’d do is go find them or send a hard copy by mail. And unfortunately, that could take hours to weeks depending on the distance. But it’s 2020 now, and we don’t have to suffer like that anymore. Easily add your electronic signature (eSignature) to any document or send it for signing to anyone anywhere in minutes.
An electronic signature is probably the most useful administrative tool of the century. Below is a how-to guide to signing a PDF or other digital document with an image using the Preview’s sign function on Mac. We’ll also take a short look at alternative tools available. It’s time to learn the best tips and tricks for using eSignature solutions.


How to create your custom eSignature on Mac

More and more people (including businesses) are making the switch to a paperless document flows. This has caused a new revolution across America and Europe. The eSignature revolution. Which as been upturning the old ways of business, totally changing the way document flows take place. No longer is it necessary to have hard copies or spend time or resources on the logistics of getting something signed. The only question is, how do we make the online process even quicker?

First up, let’s take a look at one of the easiest ways to create an electronic signature for Mac users:

  1. Grab a white piece of paper and a black pen.
  2. Sign the piece of paper the same way you would a document.
  3. Open Preview on your Mac.
  4. Click the Markup coin on your Mac.
  5. Select the Signature button on the tool panel.
  6. Choose ‘Create a signature from...’ in the menu.
  7. Take the piece of paper with your signature and center your signature with the dark line using your Mac’s camera.
  8. Click Accept to create your electronic signature.


How to add a signature to a PDF on macOS

After your eSignature is saved in the system, put it on any document and adjust its size and location on the page as needed. Take a look at the following tips to help you out:
  1. Press File and Print or use the hotkeys CMD+P.
  2. Select PDF at the bottom left of the window.
  3. Select Open PDF in Preview.
  4. Sign the PDF using your added eSignature.


When working with your iPhone or iPad you’ll need to have a separate eSignature than your Mac. But don’t worry, it’s just as easy to make it for your mobile devices as it is for your computer. However, we suggest using a versatile cross-platform signature solution that will work on any device.

The all-in-one solution for eSigning

An essential part of document management is its signature workflow, a have-to-have in any business workflow and in 2020 a must-have for individuals handling their daily signing needs. Browser platforms such as airSlate SignNow enable companies to create, track and sign accurate forms and templates anytime, from anywhere and on any device.

airSlate SignNow makes it easy for anyone to manage document workflows with eSignatures. See why it’s one of the fastest-growing solutions for eSigning:

  1. Open airSlate SignNow in any browser, including Safari.
  2. Import your PDF document.
  3. Edit your template by adding smart fillable fields.
  4. Add signers and set up a signing order.
  5. Self-sign and then send out the form(s) for signing in just a few clicks.


airSlate SignNow works in any browser. That means you can approve, deliver and sign documents on any device from anywhere and not have to worry. The cross-platform solution has a free mobile app for your iPhone or iPad giving you instant access to records and signature workflows. Even use it without an internet connection. It’s time to get more from eSignatures!

airSlate SignNow is not only a signature tool but a holistic solution for document management and collaboration that’s flexible and secure.

What benefits do eSignature platforms offer

Today an electronic signature is considered an adequate replacement for someone’s wet signature. As time goes on and more and more people use eSignatures It’s not surprising, that their validity and legal force aren’t different from handwritten ones. A airSlate SignNow signature is just as legal as a wet one, but with added security.

According to Statista, the number of eSignature workflows worldwide grew to 754 million in 2017 and continues to grow. This shows that people understand the advantages of future-forward solutions.

Is an eSignature solution right for your business? Here are just a few workflow altering benefits:

  • Increase productivity.
  • Implement decisions quicker.
  • Reduce human errors.
  • Save time for focusing on crucial tasks.
  • Reduce costs, risks, and secure your documents.

Working with the right eSigning tool provides an improved experience and dramatically increases the productivity of your team and document workflows. Start using airSlate SignNow today!

Eugenia Haivoronska
Eugenia Haivoronska
Digital content writer at signNow
May 07, 2020

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