Stamp a document

You apply a stamp to a PDF in much the same way you apply a rubber stamp to a paper document. You can choose from a list of predefined stamps, or you can create your own stamps. Dynamic stamps obtain information from your computer and from the Identity panel of the Preferences dialog box, allowing you to indicate name, date, and time information on the stamp.

The Stamp tool appears in the Annotations panel by default.

Stamp tool categories
Stamp tool categories

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

For a tutorial on creating dynamic stamps, see Dynamic Stamp Secrets at

Open the Stamps palette

  1. Choose Comment  >Annotations > Stamps > Show Stamps Palette.

Apply a stamp

  1. Select a stamp by doing one of the following:
    • Click the Stamp tool. The most recently used stamp is selected.

    • In the Stamps Palette, choose a category from the menu, and then select a stamp.

  2. Click the document page where you want to place the stamp, or drag a rectangle to define the size and placement of the stamp.
  3. If you haven’t provided a name in the Identity preferences, the Identity Setup dialog box prompts you to do so.

Change a stamp’s location or appearance

  1. Using the Select tool or the Hand tool, do any of the following:
    • To move a stamp, drag it to a new location.

    • To resize a stamp, click it, and then drag a corner handle.

    • To rotate a stamp, click it, move the pointer over the handle at the top of the stamp, and drag when the rotate stamp icon  appears.

    • To delete a stamp, right-click the stamp and choose Delete.

    • To change the stamp’s opacity or the color of its pop-up note, right-click the stamp, and choose Properties. In the Appearance tab, set the opacity or color.

Move a stamp to the favorites list

  1. Using the Select tool or the Hand tool, select a stamp markup on the page.
  2. In the Annotations panel, click the Stamp tool and choose Add Current Stamp To Favorites.

Create a custom stamp

You can create custom stamps from a number of different formats, including (but not limited to) PDF, JPEG, bitmap, Adobe® Illustrator® (AI), Adobe® Photoshop® (PSD), and Autodesk AutoCAD (DWT, DWG) files. In Reader, create Custom stamp allows only PDF format.


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. Choose Comment  > Annotations > Stamps > Show Stamps Palette.
  2. Click Import, and select the file.
  3. If the file has more than one page, scroll to the page you want, and then click OK.
  4. Choose a category from the menu or type a new category name, name the custom stamp, and then click OK.

Change the name or category for a custom stamp

  1. Choose Comment > Annotations > Stamps > Show Stamps Palette.
  2. Choose the stamp category, right-click the stamp, and choose Edit.
  3. Edit the category or name of the stamp, or replace the image, and then click OK.

Delete a custom stamp

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

  1. Choose Comment > Annotations > Stamps > Show Stamps Palette.
  2. Choose the stamp category from the menu, right-click the custom stamp, and choose Delete.

Delete a custom stamp category

  1. Choose Comment > Annotations > Stamps > Custom Stamps > Manage Stamps.
  2. Select the category you want to delete, and then click Delete.


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

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