The instructions attached require Adobe Acrobat to perform on your computer. If you do not have Acrobat Pro, please contact Commonwealth Help Desk  and request that it be installed.


Step One: Importing Your Signature Image


Sign your name on a clean, white piece of paper with a black pen.  Scan or take a photo of it with your mobile device and email it to yourself (you can also use the webcam on your laptop), and once you've received the file, save it to a location on your computer (do not save to a server, or any removable media such as a USB flash drive. The file will need to reside on your machine).  You may want to crop the image file in Preview (Mac), or Microsoft Paint (Windows).  


Step Two: Creating Your Digital Signature


In Adobe Acrobat Pro, select Preferences from the Acrobat menu (Mac) or Edit menu (Windows).  



                                           






Next, select Signatures in the Categories list on the right.  Under the first section, Creation & Appearance, click the "More..." button.  In the following window, under Appearances near the bottom of the window, click "New".  


Under Title, give your signature a name (purely cosmetic).  

Under Configure Graphic, click the "File..." button, select "Browse", and choose the picture of your signature you prepared earlier.  Note: By default, it will only allow you to select Acrobat PDF FIles.  If your the image file you created earlier is in a different format, click the Show drop down menu at the bottom of the window, and select the file type that you saved the signature in.  


Under Configure Text, uncheck the boxes next to Distinguished name, Reason, and Location.  


Click OK.  Your signature is now saved.  




Step Three:  Signing Documents/Creating Digital Certificate


 

Adobe Acrobat XI: Fill & Sign (located in the upper right hand corner of the window)>Work With Certificates>Sign with Certificate.

Acrobat Pro DC: click Tools in the upper left corner, and scroll down to the Forms & Signatures section. Find Certificates, and click the Add button underneath to add this to your toolbar on the ride side of the window.You can now simply click Certificates from the toolbar.


The first time you attempt to sign a document, you'll be asked to add (or configure) a Digital ID:


Adobe Acrobat XI: Choose "A new digital ID I want to create one now" and click Next.  

Acrobat Pro DC: Choose "Create A new Digital ID" and then "Save to File"


Fill in your full Name, Organization Name (Commonwealth//McCann), and Email Address, and click Next.  


Acrobat XI:

 

Acrobat Pro DC:


Leave the default File Name, and choose a password that you will remember (you will use this password every time you digitally sign).


***PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR PASSWORD AND KEEP IT SOMEWHERE SECURE, YOU CANNOT RETRIEVE OR RESET YOUR PASSWORD IF IT IS FORGOTTEN!!!***


Click Finish.  Make sure to choose the signature you created from the Appearance drop down menu in the middle of the window and click Sign.