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Top 3 ways to create a handwritten signature online

Top 3 ways to create a handwritten signature online

Without a doubt, electronic signatures are faster and more secure than traditional, handwritten signatures.

While digital signatures may be faster and more secure, they often lack the personal touch that you experience when signing a piece of paper.

Fortunately, there are a number of great services out there that allow you to create a handwritten signature for online use in just a few seconds.

Here is our list of online signature tools that you can use to generate your own signature in seconds.

CreateMySignature

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Pricing: Free.

For what company sizes: Small- to medium-size businesses.

Time to create one signature: Less than a minute.

Operating system: Mac, Windows, Linux, mobile.

Ease-of-use: 5

Functionality: 3

Is my signature legally binding? No.

We’ve talked about CreateMySignature before on our blog.  

This is an easy-to-use tool that works on your mobile devices as well as your desktop and laptop. Because it’s a cloud-based system, you’ll never need to download or install anything.  

To get a new, personal signature, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Head over to CreateMySignature;
  2. Select “Draw Signature”;
  3. Use your touchscreen or mouse to draw a new signature;
  4. Select “Save” to save your signature;
  5. Select “Download” to download your signature image.

CreateMySignature will deliver your signature in a PNG format, which is perfect for document placement. You can upload this signature file to documents when prompted or drag-and-drop it into files for easy placement.

It’s fast, free, and easy to use. CreateMySignature doesn’t keep your signature on file, so you don’t need to worry about someone capturing and reusing your personal signature.

Cool feature: PDF signing

CreateMySignature also allows you to electronically sign PDF documents. Simply upload the document, follow the onscreen instructions, and drag your handwritten signature anywhere inside the document.

Signature Maker

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Pricing: Free.

For what company sizes: Small to medium-size businesses.

Time to create one signature: Less than a minute.

Operating system: Mac, Windows, Linux, mobile.

Ease-of-use: 4

Functionality: 3

Is my signature legally binding? No.

Another fast and easy-to-use tool, Signature Maker allows you to create a handwritten signature directly from any modern web browser, like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. No downloads, installations, or signups are required.

In order to capture a signature with Signature Maker, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Go to the Signature Maker website;
  2. Click on “Create My Signature”;
  3. Select your pen width and your pen color;
  4. Use the live signature tool to draw your signature;
  5. Click on “Save”;
  6. Click on “Download Signature”.

As with CreateMySignature, signatures created with Signature Maker download in a PNG file format. You can upload the image file to a PDF, use it in email clients, and more.

Cool Feature: Email signatures

Have you ever wanted a signature for your email client (Outlook, Gmail, etc.) that already includes all of your contact information? Signature Maker can help you with that.

Using their HTML email signature tool, you can generate a personalized signature to place at the bottom of your outbound emails. You can even upload a photo through Dropbox or Google Drive so that it’s included in your new signature.

Follow the instructions on the website to upload your new email signature to your email client.

PandaDoc

Pricing: Free.

For what company sizes: All business sizes.

Time to create one signature: Less than two minutes.

Operating system: Mac, Windows, Linux, mobile.

Ease-of-use: 5

Functionality: 5

Is my signature legally binding? Yes.

Naturally, we’ve saved the best for last!  

If you’re just looking for a simple image file of your handwritten signature, signing up for the Free eSign plan with PandaDoc is probably overkill — but hear us out.  

Using PandaDoc, you can create an online signature quickly and keep that signature loaded into your PandaDoc profile for quick and easy access. This can be a great way to expedite your signing workflow if you’re signing documents on a regular basis.

Here’s what you need to do to create a signature using PandaDoc:

1. Head over to the PandaDoc website;

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2. Select “Create a Free Account” in the top right corner;

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3. Sign up for a free PandaDoc account;

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4. Select the gear at the bottom of the PandaDoc dashboard;

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5. Locate the “Signature” section under your user profile;

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6. Click on “Setup signature”;

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7. Select “Draw” from the menu at the top of the popup window;

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8. Draw and save your signature.

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Unlike CreateMySignature and Signature Maker, PandaDoc is a long-term solution for signers who are looking for more than a signature image.

If you need a secure and legally binding electronic signature, PandaDoc is the best solution on our list and — in our opinion — one of the best ways to create a handwritten signature online!

Cool feature: Payment gateway

Need to collect payments when you send a document for eSignatures? You can do that with the PandaDoc Free eSign plan.

All you’ll need to do is attach your payment gateway to your PandaDoc account, add a payment field to your document after you upload it, and send the document to signers. They can submit a payment along with their signature and you can get to work.

This is a great option for freelancers, landlords, and small business owners.

Remember: A signature image isn’t a digital signature

Adding a personal signature to your online document is a great idea if you’re just looking for that extra, personal touch.  

However, relying on a signature image like those that CreateMySignature and Signature Maker create comes with a certain amount of risk if used incorrectly.

Digital documents around the world are signed using secure encryption methods to ensure legality. While handwritten signatures may look authentic on the page, true digital signatures do not require a handwritten signature.

Add a personal touch with a handwritten signature

Even though digital signatures may not require your personal, pen-and-paper signature, it’s still a nice touch for your documents and emails.

Consider how you want to sign your documents and whether your use is cosmetic or business-related. If you find that you want to do more with your digital signature, PandaDoc can help.

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Eugene Zaremba

Eugene Zaremba Director of Demand Generation at PandaDoc

Eugene works at PandaDoc as the Director of Demand Generation. He is an avid fisherman, taking nearly 20 fishing trips every year.

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