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Adding a stamp to a PDF

  1. Acrobat User Guide
  2. Introduction to Acrobat
    1. Access Acrobat from desktop, mobile, web
    2. What's new in Acrobat
    3. Keyboard shortcuts
    4. System Requirements
  3. Workspace
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    2. Opening and viewing PDFs
      1. Opening PDFs
      2. Navigating PDF pages
      3. Viewing PDF preferences
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      5. Enable thumbnail preview of PDFs
      6. Display PDF in browser
    3. Working with online storage accounts
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  4. Creating PDFs
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    4. Using the Adobe PDF printer
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    6. Creating PDFs with Acrobat Distiller
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    12. PDFs converted to web pages
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    14. PDF articles
    15. Geospatial PDFs
    16. Applying actions and scripts to PDFs
    17. Change the default font for adding text
    18. Delete pages from a PDF
  6. Scan and OCR
    1. Scan documents to PDF
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    3. Create and distribute PDF forms
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    5. PDF form field properties
    6. Fill and sign PDF forms
    7. Setting action buttons in PDF forms
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    11. Collect and manage PDF form data
    12. About forms tracker
    13. PDF forms help
    14. Send PDF forms to recipients using email or an internal server
  8. Combining files
    1. Combine or merge files into single PDF
    2. Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
    3. Add headers, footers, and Bates numbering to PDFs
    4. Crop PDF pages
    5. Add watermarks to PDFs
    6. Add backgrounds to PDFs
    7. Working with component files in a PDF Portfolio
    8. Publish and share PDF Portfolios
    9. Overview of PDF Portfolios
    10. Create and customize PDF Portfolios
  9. Sharing, reviews, and commenting
    1. Share and track PDFs online
    2. Mark up text with edits
    3. Preparing for a PDF review
    4. Starting a PDF review
    5. Hosting shared reviews on SharePoint or Office 365 sites
    6. Participating in a PDF review
    7. Add comments to PDFs
    8. Adding a stamp to a PDF
    9. Approval workflows
    10. Managing comments | view, reply, print
    11. Importing and exporting comments
    12. Tracking and managing PDF reviews
  10. Saving and exporting PDFs
    1. Saving PDFs
    2. Convert PDF to Word
    3. Convert PDF to JPG
    4. Convert or export PDFs to other file formats
    5. File format options for PDF export
    6. Reusing PDF content
  11. Security
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    2. Securing PDFs with passwords
    3. Manage Digital IDs
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    5. Opening secured PDFs
    6. Removing sensitive content from PDFs
    7. Setting up security policies for PDFs
    8. Choosing a security method for PDFs
    9. Security warnings when a PDF opens
    10. Securing PDFs with Adobe Experience Manager
    11. Protected View feature for PDFs
    12. Overview of security in Acrobat and PDFs
    13. JavaScripts in PDFs as a security risk
    14. Attachments as security risks
    15. Allow or block links in PDFs
  12. Electronic signatures
    1. Sign PDF documents
    2. Capture your signature on mobile and use it everywhere
    3. Send documents for e-signatures
    4. About certificate signatures
    5. Certificate-based signatures
    6. Validating digital signatures
    7. Adobe Approved Trust List
    8. Manage trusted identities
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    5. Edit document structure with the Content and Tags panels
    6. Creating accessible PDFs
  15. Searching and indexing
    1. Creating PDF indexes
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  16. Multimedia and 3D models
    1. Add audio, video, and interactive objects to PDFs
    2. Adding 3D models to PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
    3. Displaying 3D models in PDFs
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    10. Playing video, audio, and multimedia formats in PDFs
    11. Add comments to videos
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    8. Automating document analysis with droplets or preflight actions
    9. Analyzing documents with the Preflight tool
    10. Additional checks in the Preflight tool
    11. Preflight libraries
    12. Preflight variables
  19. Color management
    1. Keeping colors consistent
    2. Color settings
    3. Color-managing documents
    4. Working with color profiles
    5. Understanding color management

Before you begin

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In the new experience, the tools appear on the left side of the screen.

Stamp a document

Apply a stamp to a PDF like a rubber stamp on paper. Choose from predefined stamps or create custom ones. Dynamic stamps fetch details from your computer and the Preferences dialog box, allowing you to include name, date, and time information. 

Refer to the topics below to learn how to:

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Apply stamps to your PDFs in a few simple steps.

Stamp tool categories in Acrobat
Stamp tool categories

A. Dynamic stamp B. Sign Here stamp C. Standard business stamp D. Custom stamp 

Apply a stamp

  1. Open a document, and then from the All tools menu, select View moreAdd a stamp

  2. From the left panel, select Stamp and then select a desired stamp from a required category.
    Note that the recently used stamp is displayed at the top.

  3. At a desired position on the document, select to place the selected stamp. 
    You can also drag a rectangle to define the size and placement of the stamp.

    Note:

    If you haven’t provided a name in the Identity preferences, the Identity Setup dialog box prompts you to do so.

Modify a stamp

  1. Use the Select tool or the Hand tool to take any of the following actions:

    • To move a stamp, drag it to a new location.
    • To resize a stamp, select it and then drag a corner handle.
    • To rotate a stamp, select it, move the pointer over the handle at the top, and drag when the rotate stamp icon  appears.
    • To delete a stamp, right-click the stamp and select Delete.
    • To change the stamp’s opacity or the color of its pop-up note, right-click the stamp, and select Properties. In the Appearance tab, set the opacity or color.
    • To move a stamp to the favorites list, select the stamp markup using the Select tool or the Hand tool. Then, from the left panel, select Stamp > Add Current Stamp To Favorites.

Create a custom stamp or custom dynamic stamp

You can create custom stamps from a number of different formats, such as PDF, JPEG, bitmap, Adobe® Illustrator® (AI), Adobe® Photoshop® (PSD), and Autodesk AutoCAD (DWT, DWG) files.

Acrobat Reader allows you to create custom stamps only in PDF format.

You can also create Custom Dynamic Stamps designed to get data from your computer or from the identity panel of the Preferences dialog box. Thus, Dynamic stamps can have accurate name, date, and time information.

Note:

To add an image to a PDF one time only, simply paste the image into the document. Pasted images have the same characteristics as other stamp comments; each includes a pop-up note and editable properties.

  1. From the All tools menu, select View moreAdd a stamp > Custom stamps > Create.

  2. Select Browse to choose a file you want to use as a stamp and then select OK.

    If the file has multiple pages, scroll to the page you want to use and select OK.

  3. In the Create Custom Stamp dialog, select one of the following categories from the drop-down menu:

    • Dynamic
    • Sign here
    • Standard Business
    • Type a new category name
  4. Open the newly created PDF stamp file from the following location of your system user directory. The file is arbitrarily named.

    • Windows: C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\DC\Stamps
    • macOS: /Users/[user name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Acrobat/DC/Stamps
  5. From the All tools menu, select Prepare a form > Text field. Place and name the field where you want the date to appear.

  6. Double-click the text field and then in the Text Field Properties dialog:

    1. Select Calculate.
    2. Select Custom Calculation Script and then select Edit.
    Custom calculation script

  7. In the JavaScript Editor, type the following script and select OK.

    JavaScript editor

  8. Close the Text Field Properties dialog, close Prepare a form mode, and save the file.
    Rename the stamp file for easy reference.

    The dynamic stamp is ready. Copy the file to the following program directory to use the dynamic stamp on multiple computers.

    • Windows: [install_directory]\Adobe\Acrobat\Acrobat\plug_ins\Annotations\Stamps\[language _directory]\

    For example, C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat\Acrobat\plug_ins\Annotations\Stamps\ENU\

    • macOS: /Applications/Adobe Acrobat/Adobe Acrobat Pro.app/Contents/Built-In/Comments.acroplugin/Stamps/[language _directory]/

Delete a custom stamp

You can delete only the custom stamps you created, not the predefined ones. When you delete a stamp, the stamp is removed from the Add a stamp tool menu, but the stamp file isn’t deleted.

  1. From the All tools menu, select View moreAdd a stamp > Stamps pallette.

  2. Choose the stamp category from the menu, right-click the custom stamp, and select Delete.

Delete a custom stamp category

  1. From the All tools menu, select View moreAdd a stamp > Custom stamps > Manage.

  2. Select the category you want to delete, and then select Delete.

    Note:

    Deleting all stamps in a custom stamp category deletes the custom stamp category.

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