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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 you can use to sign documents electronically at any time. However, if you prefer to save a template of your signature in either PDF or JPG format for future use, that’s also possible. Check out the instructions below.

How to Generate a Signature Online

  1. Drag and drop an empty PDF into the toolbox.

  2. Click “Your Signature” on the right-hand side.

  3. Draw, type, or upload your signature.

  4. Click “Create” and drag it onto the document.

  5. Hit “Finish & Sign” when you’re done.

  6. Download your signature as a PDF.

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

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How to create your own signature with the Smallpdf Signature Generator

Once you’ve generated an online signature, the format you want to save it in depends on your needs. If you want to sign many documents, JPG is the way to go. You can drag and drop an image onto almost any text editor, including Word, Google Docs, and TextEdit. If you want to include your personal signature in your email signature, the JPG format also works best. Most email providers should allow 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


You can upload any PDF document to our eSign tool to create a signature and sign the file electronically. If you have a contract or form in a different format, you can first convert it to PDF with our all-in-one PDF Converter, and then use our signature maker to sign the file.

As a free user, you create a standard electronic signature when you create a signature or sign a PDF with our online signing tool. If you need a digital signature, consider getting a Smallpdf Pro subscription, which enables digital sealing. Best of all, we’ll also streamline your signing process with various additional benefits, such as file storage, signature storage, and unlimited access to our web service. Remember to check in with local laws on the legality of digital and electronic signatures in your country.

If you’d like to learn more about this service, we’ve written a guide on how we create digital signatures. This guide will also help you understand the difference between electronic and digital signatures.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager