Stamp a document

Note: In Reader only Sticky Note and Highlight tools are available. Other commenting tools are available only in PDFs that have commenting enabled. PDFs in a review workflow typically include commenting rights.

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
Dynamic stamp

Sign Here stamp

Standard business stamp

Custom stamp

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

Open the Stamps palette

 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

 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.