How to Make an Electronic Signature and Sign Documents Online

scanned digital signatureIn today’s digital age more and more business transactions are taking place online. It seems that now more than ever, almost all documents are sent and received via the Internet and physical paper is being used less and less. Say you want to hire a graphic designer working overseas to create your website. How will you get this person to sign a contract when hiring him or her? How to make an electronic signature?

Instead of sending your new employee paperwork through the post office, why not look into a way to get the signature on the contract digitally? It is now easier than ever to learn how to make an electronic signature for signing online and computer-based documents. It is a fairly simple process. You will need a piece of paper, your favorite pen and a scanner.

1. The first thing to do is to simply write your signature on a piece of paper.

2. Scan it with your scanner.

3. Save the resulting image as one of the more commonly used graphic file formats, like GIF, PNG or JPG.

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You can now use this signature and place it into any text document. For example, if you are sent a contract in Microsoft Word that needs signing, you can easily just insert your newly-created digital signature. It’s a lot easier than printing the contract out, signing it, scanning the contract, and then sending it.

In MS Word 2010 all you have to do is click on the “Insert” tab and then “Picture.” Now browse your computer to find where you have saved your scanned signature, select the image, and then click insert.

It’s that simple. You can take your scanned digital signature, resize it and place it exactly where you need it to be on the document. Once you’re satisfied, save the contract with these changes made and send it back via email.

Another way to get a great digital signature to use is through My Live Signature, which is a handy and free online tool.

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Through this website, you can get a digital signature in three different ways.

One way is to use the site’s signature creation wizard in order to make an “imitation digital signature” of your own. All you have to do is enter your name and then pick from a list of different styles of handwriting, specifying size, slope and color in order to create a personal digital signature for yourself.

If you are steady with the mouse, you can also try drawing your signature on the screen and then have it saved as a digital signature.

But for the most authentic results, you can use your real scanned signature. Send the scanned image to My Live Signature’s team of designers, who will quickly spruce it up for you and send it back. This is great option for those who are not very happy with the scanned image their scanner produced, but don’t really know how to improve their scanned electronic signature.

As you can see, making your personal digital signature and using it to sign documents on your computer couldn’t be any easier. With access to a scanner, you can create your digital signature once and never have to sign your name manually again.