There are plenty of reasons for which you might want to scan your signature.
But in a world where Google results are flooded with answers that… are not exactly quick, short and precise — we’re here to counter that.
We’ll want to show you exactly the top eSignature scanners.
Then we’ll go through a couple of questions you might have. But enough talking, let’s jump right into it
A scanned signature is the picture of a signature written on a piece of paper and taken to a digital format (e.g. JPG or PNG images).
As their name states, scanned signatures are the idea of taking a picture of a signature and scanning it using a camera in order to put it in a computer.
An electronic signature is one that's created with an online software, whereas a scanned signature is the picture of a signature written on a piece of paper and transformed to a digital format.
Essentially, eSignatures and scanned signatures are the same — it's all comes down to how they were generated.
With a software like SignHouse, you can digitalize your scanned signature and upload it on documents.
Then, you can use the signature whenever you're going ot need it and you won't have to print documents just to sign them and re-scan them.
Here are the best signature scanning apps, depending on what you want to do.
SignHouse is the simplest + most efficient software you can use for anything surrounding eSignatures and document management.
Signatures created or managed through SignHouse are using proprietary technology that allow you to scan, create, store and place signatures on documents.
Here’s how you can scan a signature with SignHouse:
Optionally, if you want to add a 100% legal eSignature to a document, you can do so for free with SignHouse.
There are a couple of signatures you can create, manage and store:
Through SignHouse, you can either draw, upload or 100% digitally create a signature. That means you won’t need to really walk away from your device 😸.
If you happen to have an iOS device, using its “Notes” app will be one of the best ways to scan a signature.
We will assume you already have the signature written down on paper.
Here’s what you need to do:
And that’s it!
We’ve gone step-by-step through this process in this guide on how to digitize your signature, on our blog!
DocuSign is a pioneer of the industry, being of the oldest (and most complex) eSignature software. That said, their signature scanning option is a viable one.
DocuSign’s electronic signatures are stored securely, accessible from anywhere in the world (anywhere with internet connection, that is).
All DocuSign signatures are legally binding, making them a great option.
To scan a signature via DocuSign, all you need to do is:
And that’s it - their software will now pick up your signature, which should be scanned from a picture you have.
If you have a picture (or want to scan from a picture) of a signature, you’ll have to go through DocuSign’s mobile app.
If you happen to have access to Microsoft Word (through Microsoft Office Suite or a Microsoft 365 subscription), its signature scanner is a pretty viable option.
We do not suggest getting a subscription only for this, since SignHouse offers it for free.
But if you happen to use MS Word (as many people do), it is possible that you’re more familiar with it.
What you need to do is:
SignEasy is yet another solution for signing documents online.
As part of this, they have created an iOS-only app that helps you turn wet ink signatures into digitized ones.
To do this, you have to:
And voila! Your scanned signature should now be available. Note that you will need an account with SignEasy to do this, once that will have to be paid for at the end of the free trial.
Adobe is yet another huge company which you might’ve heard of.
If the name “Acrobat PDF Reader” tells you anything, then Adobe is one that should ring a bell too, since they’ve created that.
Consequently, there’s Adobe Sign, which offers a mobile signature scanner app that allows you to digitize your wet ink signature.
The options go two ways:
SignNow is a pretty solid option that has a user-friendly interface and does the job, if you’re looking to digitize a wet ink signature.
You are able to turn a signature written down on paper into a digital one in a few easy steps.
To do that, you’ll have to:
PandaDoc is another one of the main forces in the eSignature space. While being a piece of software that focuses as well on document creation, they’ve created channels through which you can create or scan a signature with them.
One of the sub-websites they’ve created is called “Create My Signature”
Through it, you can either draw by hand your signature, or type it in. At the end, they’ll provide you with a downloadable image.
The downloadable image will be a .PNG, which means you’ll be able to use it with a transparent background!
HelloSign is a company that became very popular once they got acquired by Dropbox.
Being part of the Dropbox family, as well as standing next to other similar products (e.g. HelloFax, HelloWorks), give it a good reputation and a viable alternative for creating signatures.
HelloSign allows you to add signatures to PDFs, Word documents, Excel documents or even PowerPoint presentations.
They also offer an extended free plan, which makes it easy for you to try it out.
With HelloSign, you can create signatures in 4 ways:
Out of all the options above, we believe SignHouse is the go-to software for scanning a siganture, due to its simplicity.
Moreover, the free document singing that comes with any plan is a no-brainer for any user.
Security and privacy are embedded into the product, so you can rest assured that everything should go smooth!
If you don’t have a stylus pen on hand, scanning your signature might be a better choice. To create a scanned digital signature, you must sign a piece of paper and scan it to create a digital version. You can then use the image as your e-signature.
It can be a bit tricky to get a clean scan of your signature. That said, with proper lighting and the right signature scanner, it’s easier than ever to get a clear image of your signature.
A scanned signature is a signature that has been created, physically, on paper, and is now being transferred to a digital one.
To create one, you'll need to put a signature down on a piece of paper and scan it in order to digitize it. Check out our full guide here to see the top ways to scan a signature.
Note that using a scanned signature on documents does not make it legally binding! You'll need to use an app such as SignHouse (or its alternatives) to be able to create secure, legal documents.
Digitizing a handwritten signature means taking it from a "wet ink" signature to a digital one.
To digitize your handwritten signature in 5 easy steps:
And voila! You've officially digitized a handwritten signature.
Absolutely! To do so:
You can simply remove the background of your signature via Microsoft Word.
Ch Daniel is the co-founder of SignHouse and chairman of the CH Group. Daniel is leading the development of SignHouse's product, as well as strategising how else the company can reach its main mission: empowering 100M+ to use the world's most efficient document organisational tools.