Wet Signature on PDF: How To Add Yours (For Free!)

Options to add your wet signature on a PDF: using an online tool, scanning the signature into the PDF, and printing the file to sign and re-scan.
Last updated on:
April 29, 2024
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How to Do a Wet Signature on PDF

There are different methods to add a wet signature to a PDF:

  1. Use an eSignature tool — most efficient method.
  2. Scan & Upload your signature — time and paper consuming.
  3. Print & Scan the document — the classic, lengthy way.

Method 1: eSignature Tool

An online signature generator is definitely the quickest way to wet-sign a PDF:

  1. Upload your PDF document;
  2. Select the signature box (left side);
  3. Create your digital signature just like the wet one;
  4. Drag & Drop your signature on the file;
  5. Apply changes and download.

Simply upload your PDF document in the box above, and then you’ll be forwarded to our document editor.

Crate your electronic signature: upload a picture of your wet signature, draw it, or use text with handwritten-alike font.

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Method 2: Scan & Upload

Scanning your signature is also a quick way to wet-sign PDFs:

  1. Write your signature on paper;
  2. Take a picture of it;
  3. Upload your PDF to SignHouse’s editor (the box below);
  4. Click the signature box (left side);
  5. Import the picture of your signature;
  6. Drag & Drop it on the PDF document;
  7. Download the PDF with your wet signature on it.

However, this isn’t the best approach:

  • Signature images are way slower than just creating eSignatures.
  • Accidentally, you can take pictures in the wrong lighting.
  • That extends the process just to re-take the picture…
  • And lose lots of time.

Let’s move on to the third and the last method.

Method 3: Print & Scan the PDF

  1. Connect a printer to your computer;
  2. Print your PDF document;
  3. Grab a pen → Physically sign the paper(s);
  4. Take pictures → Scan the document;
  5. Save the new PDF with your wet ink signature.

This method is also time and paper consuming.

The Conclusion

We’ve reached the point where creating a digital signature is just way quicker than signing with the classic pen and paper.

The world’s going digital, and so do our signatures.


Can I do a wet signature electronically?

Yes, you can create a wet signature electronically. There are multiple ways for it:

  1. Upload a picture of your signature to a signature scanner (our is free);
  2. Print your document, wet-sign it, and then scan the file;
  3. Create your electronic wet signature with a software like ours.

How do I make my electronic signature look wet?

Make your electronic signature look wet with our online signature generator that creates cursive signatures.

How do you make a wet signature?

Create your own wet signature on the spot: Grab a piece of paper > Get your favourite pen > Write your name or initials to represent yourself.

What is a wet signature in Adobe?

A wet signature in Adobe is an electronic signature that looks just like the one you'd write on a piece of paper — only now it is virtual, added to your online documents.

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Ch David is the co-founder of SignHouse. David is here to help the product development team expand the capabilities of ultimate eSignature maker for all your needs. Join David and the SignHouse team in stepping up electronic signatures!