How To Convert Signature To Digital (Scan) In 2023

Take a picture of the signature and transfer it to your computer, or use an online software to convert your scanned signature to a digital one.
How To Convert Signature To Digital (Scan) In 2023
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July 20, 2023
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Want to learn how to scan your signature and convert it to a digital one? If so, this is the place to be in.

By the end of reading this article, you're going to know how to create an eSignature and use it further.

Moreover, you'll actually leave this page with your very own digital signature, as you can create yours on this very page. It's 100% free of cost!

Let's check this out.

What is scanned signature?

A scanned signature is the captured image of your handwritten signature written on a piece of paper. Essentially, a scanned signature is the same as your written signature, only now it is digital in the computer.

Is a scanned signature an electronic signature?

Yes, a scanned signature is an electronic signature. Scanned is when you take a picture of your signature and upload it in the computer, and electronic is when it's made online without having to take out pen and paper.

Simply put,  an electronic signature is made with an online signature software, whereas a scanned signature is first written on paper and transferred in a computer.

How to convert a scan signature to a digital one

There are two ways you an scan your signature and convert it to a digital one, for free: take a picture of the signature and transfer it to your computer, or use an online software to generate your digital signature.

We're now going to present you both of the methods and let you decide which way to convert your scanned signature to a digital signature.

Method 1: Take a picture of your signature

  1. Write down your signature;
  2. Take a picture of it with your phone/tablet;
  3. Send the picture to your computer: AirDrop, email, cloud service etc;
  4. Add your scanned digital signature to a document.
How to convert a scanned signature to a digital signature

This is the good old way to scan your signature and convert it to a digital signature, but the only problem is that is can take quite a lot of time.

And then, you also need to nail the lighting and make sure that your signature won't look too blurry or have any shadows on top of it.

That's why we always suggest using the second method, which implies using an electronic signature tool that helps you design a signature in seconds.

Method 2: Use an online software

  1. Open our free signature maker (see the box below);
  2. Select how to make your signature: Draw or Type;
  3. Create your digital signature
  4. Download your scanned digital s signature.

Are you drawing your signature? Feel free to change the colour and customize the brush that you're drawing it with.

If you're typing your signature, know that you can change the font you're using for your scanned digital signature.

How to scan a physical signature to a digital signature

Have a look at the San Serif and handwritten fonts and pick whatever fits your profile best and download the eSignature.

How do I scan and email a signature?

Scan and email a signature in the classic way, in 4 steps:

  1. Write your signature on paper;
  2. Take a picture of it;
  3. Send it to your computer: AirDrop, email it yourself or use a cloud service;
  4. Add your scanned signature to the email message.

Pro Tip: Use SignHouse to add your eSignature to an email as well. It's yet another one of our free services.

You can't go wrong with this method. Scanned signatures are 100% legally binding and you can easily attach them to email messages.

There you go — that's how you convert a scanned signature to a digital signature!

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