Update: This is not really needed anymore since Adobe Reader lets you sign things now.
Many people ask me how to fill out forms saved in pdf format. This is a simple tutorial to help you with the process and is completely free. In summary, I am converting the pages to images, editing them, then converting them back to pdf.
You will need installed:
- PDF XChange Viewer Free Version (portable option is available)
- PDFCreator (or similar virtual printer)
- Paint.NET or GIMP (or Photoshop)
- Optional - Image of your signature (via scanner, tablet, or mouse)
- Optional - Irfanview
Here are the steps:
- Open the pdf document in PDF XChange Viewer
Choose “Export to Image…”
Choose your destination folder.
Add text to complete the form in your preferred image editor. I'm using Paint.NET since it is more than capable. Make sure to save the images when finished. (You may want to save it as jpg instead of leaving it as png to save space.)
Now you will need to print all the images in order to recreate the pdf. I will show how to do this in Irfanview, but this is program is not necessary. This feature is built into most versions of Windows. Open the first page in Irfanview and select "Thumbnails".
Make sure all pages are selected and then select "Print selected files as a single image".
Make sure PDFCreator is selected and that the paper size is set correctly. This should most likely be "Letter" or "Legal" depending on the original size. After the settings are correct, click "Print".
Title and save your pdf.
I hope you found this tutorial useful. It's a bit of a convoluted process, but after you do it a few times you will be able to complete forms quickly.