Electronic Signatures

How to Add a Signature in Pages: Four Easy Ways Compared

Will Cannon

If you use a MacBook, you’ll eventually need to sign a Pages document with it.

In this article, we’ll show you a few ways to add a signature in Pages. By the end of the article, you’ll be able to determine the best way to add a signature in Pages for yourself and any other people signing your documents.

Let’s get started.

Insert a Signature in Pages: Four Ways to Do It

Here are four easy ways to insert a signature in Pages:

1. Using Electronic Signature Software 

The easiest way to insert a signature in Pages is by using electronic signature tools. These tools allow you to collect legally binding signatures online, and they handle the harder parts of the process for you.

But which online signing tool is right for you?

Signaturely

Signaturely allows you to capture signatures online for free.

Signaturely is a free, easy-to-use e-signature solution, perfect for MacBook users looking to add legally binding online signatures to any document.

Signing with Signaturely is easy. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Convert your document to PDF

The first thing you need to do is to convert your Pages document into a file you can open elsewhere. Open the Pages file you want to convert. 

Then go to File, then Export To, and select PDF. Another window will appear where you can choose extra settings. Simply click on Next, name your file, and export it to the folder you’re using.

Step 2: Upload your PDF

Now that you have a PDF, open Signaturely and upload your file to the platform. Here you can also and add signature fields wherever they’re needed. 

Then, if your signature is required, you can then add your signature and send it to the rest of your signees.

Step 3: Request signatures

Once you send your document, your signees will be notified by email, telling them that their signature is required. 

Signaturely will guide them step by step through the signing process, starting from creating their online signature if they don’t have one, and guiding them through each signature. 

It doesn’t matter if the signers regularly use online signatures or if they’ve never signed anything online before. Messagely streamlines the process and makes it quick and easy for anyone to sign a document.

Step 4: Keep track of your document

You don’t have to wait in the dark. Use Messagely to stay in the loop. Messagely tells you who has signed your document and who hasn’t, and it sends gentle notifications and email reminders to help move the process along.

You can use Signaturely for free, or sign up for a business account with unlimited templates and signature requests right here.

Pros:
  • Very easy to use
  • Generous free plan
  • Access to advanced features.
  • Safer than Pages
  • Guides your signees step by step
  • Allows you to handle and supervise multiple documents
  • Forever-free plan and very affordable paid plans
Cons:
  • No mobile app available (currently in development)

2. Using an Existing Image of Signature

You can also use an existing image of your signature as an electronic signature.

Start by drawing your signature on a blank piece of paper. Make sure the signature has enough blank margins around it to make it easier to adjust later on.

Now that you have your signature, you can take a photo of it or scan it to digitize it. Edit the image by boosting its contrast and brightness to make the signature and the background look pure black and white. 

When your image is complete, save it as a JPEG to use as a signature, and insert the image file into your Pages document.

Pros:

  • Easy to do
  • Adds a personal touch and style
  • Looks as close to your ink signature as possible
  • Simple and versatile
  • Free

Cons:

  • May not be as legally binding as using an electronic signing software
  • Although easy, it takes a lot more time
  • Fairly bothersome process

3. Adding a Drawn Signature

You can easily draw your signature and download it to use as an online signature for free.

You can also remove the process of digitizing the signature altogether by drawing a digital signature.

The first way to do this is by using your mouse or trackpad. If you’re using a MacBook, you don’t have a preinstalled drawing app. You can either install an app like Sketch or Patina, or use Signaturely’s Online Signature Maker to do it online.

Signaturely’s Online Signature Maker

If you want to use the Online Signature Maker, select “Draw your signature.” A drawing pad will appear for you to draw your signature in. All you need to do is use your mouse, stylus, or trackpad to draw your signature and personalize it.

You can also skip the drawing entirely and just type your signature. To do so, select “Type your signature,” and use the text box to type your initials or your full name. Then you can choose a font and a letter color to personalize it.

When you’re done, download your signature as a PNG and insert it as an image on your Pages documents.

Using a drawing app

Download a drawing app if you don’t have one, and open it. Then select the color and brush, and start drawing your signature. 

When you’re satisfied with the result, save it and insert it as an image on your Pages file.

4. Using Apple Preview

You can also use Apple Preview to add a signature in pages. Here’s how:

Convert your document

Preview only signs PDFs, so if you want to use this option, you’ll have to convert your file. You can export your file as a PDF or use an online tool to convert the document.

Then, save it to the folder you’ll be using.

Create your online signature

Open your newly converted PDF document with Preview. Then, click on the Markup icon, and select the Signature icon. Next, select Create Signature, and you’re ready to go. 

Signing with a TrackPad

It’s very fast to create a new signature through the TrackPad option. Clicking on it will open a drawing window where you can see how you’re drawing your signature with your TrackPad. The TrackPad will behave like a signature-capturing device, allowing you to use your finger as a “pen” to draw your signature as you usually do it.

Signing with the webcam

If you don’t want to use the TrackPad, you can select the Camera option. This will turn on your webcam and open a window showing the camera view. 

All you need to do is to draw your handwritten signature on a blank piece of paper, or get a pre-written document to show to your camera. Your camera will then recognize and digitize your handwriting, allowing you to use it as an image to sign documents.

Signing with your iPhone or iPad

If you have your device nearby and have previously connected it to your Mac, you can also use the iPhone or Device option. 

This will allow you to use your device to draw your signature. That way, you can use your finger or your Apple Pencil to sign your name. When you’re done, simply click on  “Done,” and your signature will be saved to Preview.

Sign your document with Preview

Now that you’ve recorded your signature with Preview, you can sign your document with it. Simply go to the Signature button as you did before, and select your signature. This will make a small box appear on the document with your signature. You can drag and resize it to fit your document.

Once you’ve signed your document with Preview, you can save it and share it with other signees.

Pros

  • Fairly easy to do
  • Fast once it’s set it up
  • No need for extra apps
  • Legally-binding

Cons

  • Only works with people who already own a Mac
  • Since it’s fairly obscure, you may need to guide other signees on how to use it

Frequently Asked Questions About Adding a Signature in Pages

How do you add a signature to pages on a Mac?

The easiest way to do this is by using free online signing platforms like Signaturely. Simply convert your Pages file to a PDF, upload it to the platform, place the signing fields, and send it to your signees.

Signaturely will then guide your signees through signing the entire document. Try it today for free.

How do I add a signature to a Pages document on an iPad?

You can easily add a signature to your document on an iPad. Start by converting the document to PDF. Then, open your PDF with Preview, tap the Markup icon, and select the Signature icon.

Here, you’ll be able to create a signature and add it to your document on your iPad.

How can I create a digital signature?

The easiest way of creating a digital signature is through Signaturely’s Online Signature Maker. Here, you can draw or type a signature, customize it to your liking, and download it to use  as you need.

How do I add an existing signature image to a PDF file on a Mac?

You can use the Preview app to add a signature to a PDF on a Mac. Simply open your PDF with Preview. Then click on the Markup icon and select the Sign button. Here, you can create a signature and sign your PDF.

Conclusion

Adding a signature in Pages isn’t hard if you know how to do it. Luckily, there are multiple ways it can be done.

If you want to easily capture and request signatures online for free, try Signaturely.

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