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ESign Here

ESign Here
by Gary Woods

In Real Estate we've been using Electronic Signatures for a long time. We use a company called Docusign and the California Association of Realtors also has a company called Digital Ink. But, short of taking the Real Estate exam and joining CAR how can I E-sign you ask?

Well if you're a Mac person and have a FaceTime or iSight camera you're in luck. The first step is to launch Preview and open its Preferences window. Click Signature in the window toolbar and then click Create Signature.

Next, sign your name in black ink on a plain white piece of paper and hold that signature a few inches in front of your Mac's camera. When the on-screen image of the signature approximately fills the preview box and sits on the blue line, Preview will lock onto it. If you like what you see click Accept.

The image of that signature you just captured will now appear in the Signatures list in Preview's preferences. By using the plus and minus signs at the bottom of the window you can add and delete as many signatures as you want.

When you're ready to use your new e-signature open a PDF document and click the Annotate button in the toolbar to show Preview's annotation tool. Click the Signature button which is a capital S on a line which is revealed only when you’re looking at a PDF.

In the pop-up window choose the saved signature you want to use. Then click in the area of the document where you want your signature to appear. If you mess up on the positioning you can alter it until you're happy with the location.

So there you go, now you can e-sign your little heart out.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc