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Signature Generator—Create Signatures Online for Free

by Hung Nguyen

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Use the PDF eSign tool to create your electronic signature online, for free. No account is needed to create signatures and sign documents.

We have an online tool that you can use anytime to sign documents electronically. However, if you prefer to save a template of your signature to reuse, in either PDF or JPG format—that’s feasible as well. Check out the instructions below.

How To Generate a Signature Online

  1. Open up our online signature tool.

  2. Click ‘Tools’ (the colorful icon, top right corner) and choose ‘Sign.’

  3. On the next page, click ‘Create Signature.’

  4. Draw, type, or upload your signature, as you please.

  5. Click ‘Create Signature’ and drag it onto the document.

  6. Enlarge it as much as you can, and hit ‘Finish and Sign.’

  7. All done, download your signature as a PDF.

  8. If you want it as an image, convert it to JPG.


How to create your own signature with the Smallpdf Signature Generator.

Once you generate an online signature, the output’s format should be dependent on your needs.

If you intend to sign many documents, JPG is the way to go; you can drag and drop an image onto almost any text editor, e.g., Word, Google Docs, TextEdit.

In case you want to embed your personal signature to your email, you should go for the JPG option. Most email clients should allow the chance for you to edit your email signature via their settings page.

On the other hand, if you need to store the signature or share it as part of a signature request, you should save it in PDF format. Of course, you can also opt for both—the tools are free to use!

Sign PDFs Online for Free


As you can see from the interface, you can also upload any PDF document to our eSign tool to create and sign them electronically. If you have a contract or form in a different format, e.g., Word documents, you can first convert it to PDF with our all-in-one PDF Converter, and then use our signature maker to sign the file.

When you create a free signature or sign a PDF with our online signature tool as a free user—we use standard electronic signatures for these cases.

If you are looking to create a legally binding digital signature—consider getting a Pro subscription of Smallpdf, which should enable digital sealing. Best of all, we will also streamline your signing process with an array of additional benefits, e.g., file storage, signature storage, and unlimited access to our web service. Remember to check in with your local laws on the legality of digital and electronic signatures in your country.

We have also written a guide on how we create digital signatures if you're keen to learn more about this service.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager