Electronic Signatures

Everything you need (or want) to know about electronic signatures.
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Electronic Signature Maker

Create your electronic signature then download it: 100% free.

Once done, you're able to place it on any document you'd like.

Draw your eSignature with a mouse or trackpad — or simply type it in and use one of our beautiful, carefully-curated fonts.

What is an electronic signature generator?

An electronic signature generator or maker is an online tool through which you can create your very own electronic signature. Electronic signatures are then able to be used in 100% legally-binding documents.

Read more: How To Upload A Signature

How to create your electronic signature: a guide

To create your electronic signature, you'll need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Online Signature Maker
  2. Choose where you want to type in or draw your signature
  3. If you're drawing your signature: draw it → select the width of the brush → select a colour → optionally, rotate it
  4. If you're typing your signature: type your name → select a color → select one of our carefully-curated fonts
  5. Once either step 3 or 4 is done, download your signature

And then that's it! Your electronic signature has been generated. You're free to use it to eSign documents from this moment onwards.

P.S: Wondering whether your signatures have to be in cursive?

How to electronically sign documents

To electronically sign documents, you'll need to:

  1. Go here to eSign documents
  2. Upload your document
  3. Select signees — or leave that blank to only sign by yourself
  4. Place the signature blocks over the areas, in the document, where you need signatures
  5. Click "Review and finish"
  6. Double-check to make sure everything is ok → Download (if you're only signing by yourself) OR send the document, to your signees, for signatures

Everything about Electronic Signatures

What is meant by an electronic signature?

Shortly, an electronic signature is your physical signature that is transformed into a virtual, electronic signature next to your online documents.

In more complicated terms, an electronic signature is an element symbolising an individual's agreement of a contract's terms. This is the confirmation that somebody agrees.

Electronic signatures are common nowadays because documents have been modernised, and so, the way of agreeing to these documents had to change as well.

Why should you use an electronic signature?

The most relevant reason to use electronic signature over we-ink signatures (physical) is that eSignatures help you sign documents from a distance.

No need to be there in person. In fact, electronic signatures make it easy for people in different places to sign the same document.

Besides, another good reason to use an electronic signature is that you're saving both yourself the time to travel just to sign a few papers, but also the Earth by not printing as much.

Are electronic signatures legal?

Yes, electronic signatures are 100% legal and even more secure than wet ink signatures.

Security-wise, electronic signatures are better than the wet-ink signature alternative. Wet signatures can be faked or forged, but eSignatures come with multiple protection layers.

No need to take our word for it, as you can even look at the European Union's eSignature page, where you can observe how they also credit the eSignatures being legal.

Who uses eSignatures most commonly?

Nowadays, there are a lot of electronic signature users. There are a few interesting working domains/industries to check out and see that have adopted eSignatures:

  • Real estate;
  • Healthcare;
  • Insurance;
  • Age verification;
  • Governments;

Regarding the last bullet point, right here you can see an informative PDF document related to the United Kingdom assisting individuals and businesses with eSignatures.

What is accepted as an electronic signature?

In order to make sure that your online signature is 100% secure and to authenticate it as yours, it's best that you sign using your full name or your own symbol.

Although, your electronic signature can be whatever you like: your name, a drawn signature, a tickbox etc. You get to choose what your eSignature looks like.

How can you electronically sign a document?

If you want to get an eSignature, you can use any online electronic signature making software, such as SignHouse, PandaDoc or DocuSign. You'll notice how most of them are also free.

At SignHouse, we're helping you create a reliable electronic signature and use it to sign all sorts of online documents. 

It's free, quick, and reliable.

How to add an electronic signature to a PDF file

If you're looking to sign an online document, that's most probably going to be a PDF. At SignHouse, we can help you electronically sign a PDF.

With our software, you just have to do upload your PDF document, select your signature and drop it anywhere on the document. Save changes & download the eSigned file.

How to add an eSignature to a Word document

To electronically sign a Word document, you first need to select the document that you wish to eSign, and then you simply need to drag and drop your signature on the file.

You can also do it in Microsoft Word, but the process is longer:

  1. Click where you want to sign;
  2. Select "Insert" (top bar);
  3. Choose "Signature Line";
  4. Create a signature or use one if you already have one;
  5. Click "OK" and put it on the document.

How to add an electronic signature in Google Docs

Google Docs doesn't have an option for you to add your signature, but SignHouse has the solution for you.

If you have to eSign a Google Docs file, follow these steps:

  1. Upload your document to SignHouse;
  2. Select your signature (or create one if you don't have - it takes 10 seconds);
  3. Drag and drop your eSignature on the document.

Do electronic signatures make it easier?

Yes, it's easier to use an eSignature to sign an online contract rather than printing the file just to physically sign it and scan it.

As previously said, electronic signatures are also way more ecological than the wet-ink ones.

Stats for electronic signatures

51h+
Per month, saved
29%
More likely to close
42%
Faster than paper

FAQs

Are your electronic signatures legal?

Our signatures are 100% legally binding, as SignHouse is built around US and International Laws concerning digital signatures. SignHouse eSignatures are on par with paper signatures, from a legal point of view!

Signing papers digitally started being equal to physical, handwritten signatures in the U.S. eSignature Act of 2000 (U.S. Federal Act) + the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA). As a consequence, laws in other countries have followed suit. SignHouse is built around these laws.

Can a signature be typed?

Your signature 100% works and is 100% legal if it's typed, if you're using an electronic signature software!

Why? It's validity is given by other factors: 

  • As per the eSignature (2000) and UETA (2000) Acts passed by the US Government, alongside other requirements (explained in-depth by us here), one of them is this: “Attribution. The signature has to be uniquely identified to the signee and only linked to them”
  • Using an electronic signature software such as SignHouse automatically handles that, as such apps easily attribute signatures with identifiable details (e.g. account information, location, IP, etc)
  • Another requirement for a digital signature to be valid: “Retention. The documents must be stored for future reference, available to be viewed, reviewed, edited, etc. by both parties”
  • SignHouse takes care of this aspect as well.

Therefore, typing your signature makes it valid, due to the aspects that an eSignature software handles for you.

How do digitize a handwritten signature?

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:

  1. Put down your best signature paper.
  2. Open up our app: SignHouse.
  3. Configure a document that will be sent for signatures. NOTE: Make sure you add yourself as a signee!
  4. Upload the picture to use it as a signature.
  5. Use the controls and settings in there to customize your signature.

And voila! You've officially digitized a handwritten signature.