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Use a SignaturePad Signature with PDF


Product Version R1 2022
Product RadPdfProcessing | SignaturePad for Xamarin | PdfViewer for Xamarin
Author Lance McCarthy


This article will show you how to use PdfProcessing to replace a SignatureWidget with a written signature. The signature was captured by the UI for Xamarin SignaturePad as a jpg or png image.

Here is a screenshot of the document in the UI for Xamarin PdfViewer, before and after modification:

Before and After


This approach uses four phases to achieve the result.

  1. Import the original PDF file into a RadFixedDocument, then load it in the RadPdfViewer.
  2. Use a RadSignaturePad to capture the user's written signature as a JPEG or PNG image.
  3. Use PdfProcessing to locate the SignatureWidget in the FixedDocument, then use the FixedContentEditor to insert the user's signature at the the same location and remove the SignatureWidget when done.
  4. Export the modified RadFixedDocument as a new PDF file, then show the new version in the RadPdfViewer.

The RadPdfViewer is not required. It is only present to view the document before and after the operation.


The UI in this example contains a Grid with three rows containing: RadPdfViewer, RadSignaturePad, RadComboBox and two RadButtons.

<ContentPage xmlns=""

    <Grid RowDefinitions="3*, Auto, Auto">
        <pdfViewer:RadPdfViewer x:Name="PdfViewer1"

        <input:RadSignaturePad x:Name="SignaturePad1"

        <Grid ColumnDefinitions="Auto,*, *"
            <input:RadComboBox x:Name="FormatComboBox"

            <input:RadButton x:Name="ClearButton"
                             Grid.Column="1" />

            <input:RadButton x:Name="SignAndSaveButton"
                             Grid.Column="2" />


In the code-behind, the logic flow is:

  • In OnAppearing, we call ImportPdfFileToFixedDocument, which loads the PDF file into a RadFixedDocument and show the document in the platform's PdfViewer
  • In the SignAndSaveButton_OnClicked event handler, we:
    1. Check what image format the user wants and then save the signature image as a file in the SaveSignatureImageAsync method.
    2. Pass the image file's path to AddSignatureToDocument, this uses PdfProcessing to locate the SignatureWidget in the document and replace it with the signature's image and return an new, modified, RadFicedDocument
    3. Save the modified document as a new PDF file, then load it into the PdfViewer.
  • The other event handlers and objects are to support the demo's superfluous features. For example, a the list of image formats to show in the RadComboBox or a button to clear the signature.

Important: This demo can handle both JPEG (the default) and PNG. Jpeg is much easier to do, but if you want to use PNG, there's an extra step to take. The cocde comments explain in more detail.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Extensibility;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.FormatProviders.Pdf;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.FormatProviders.Pdf.Export;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model.Annotations;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model.Editing;
using Telerik.XamarinForms.Input;
using Telerik.XamarinForms.PdfViewer;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace YourAppNamespace
    public partial class MainPage : ContentPage
        private RadFixedDocument originalDocument;
        private readonly List<string> formats = new List<string> { "JPEG", "PNG" };
        private ImageFormat selectedFormat = ImageFormat.Jpeg;

        public MainPage()

        protected override void OnAppearing()

            FormatComboBox.ItemsSource = formats;
            FormatComboBox.SelectedItem = formats[0];

            originalDocument = ImportPdfFileToFixedDocument("Original.pdf");
            PdfViewer1.Source = new FixedDocumentSource(originalDocument);

        private void FormatComboBox_OnSelectionChanged(object sender, ComboBoxSelectionChangedEventArgs e)
            if (e.AddedItems.Any() && e.AddedItems.First() is string selectedValue)
                selectedFormat = selectedValue == "JPEG" ? ImageFormat.Jpeg : ImageFormat.Png;

        private async void SignAndSaveButton_OnClicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Prevent possible reference clash to the current document
            PdfViewer1.Source = null;

            var localFolder = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.LocalApplicationData);

            // Option 1 - using filepath for signature image source
            var fileExt = selectedFormat == ImageFormat.Jpeg ? "jpg" : "png";
            var signatureImageFilePath = Path.Combine(localFolder, $"Signature.{fileExt}");

            await SaveSignatureImageAsync(SignaturePad1, selectedFormat, signatureImageFilePath);
            var signedDocument = AddSignatureToDocument(originalDocument, signatureImageFilePath, selectedFormat);

            // Save the updated document
            if (signedDocument != null)
                // 1.Export the completed FixedDocument to a PDF
                byte[] exportedPdfFileData = new PdfFormatProvider().Export(signedDocument);

                // 2. Save the PDF as a file
                var updatedPdfFilePath = Path.Combine(localFolder, "OriginalDocument_SIGNED.pdf");
                File.WriteAllBytes(updatedPdfFilePath, exportedPdfFileData);

                // 3. as a final step, you can show the signed PDF in the PdfViewer
                PdfViewer1.Source = null;
                PdfViewer1.Source = new FileDocumentSource(updatedPdfFilePath);

                await DisplayAlert("Signing Complete", $"The document has been saved to {updatedPdfFilePath}", "OK");
                await DisplayAlert("No Signature Field", "There was no signature field detected in the document, signing incomplete.", "OK");

        public static RadFixedDocument ImportPdfFileToFixedDocument(string pathOrResourceName, bool isEmbeddedResource = true)
            if (isEmbeddedResource)
                Assembly assembly = typeof(MainPage).Assembly;
                string fileName = assembly.GetManifestResourceNames().FirstOrDefault(n => n.Contains(pathOrResourceName));

                using (var stream = assembly.GetManifestResourceStream(fileName))
                    var provider = new Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.FormatProviders.Pdf.PdfFormatProvider();
                    return provider.Import(stream);
                using (var stream = File.OpenRead(pathOrResourceName))
                    var provider = new Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.FormatProviders.Pdf.PdfFormatProvider();
                    return provider.Import(stream);

        public static async Task SaveSignatureImageAsync(RadSignaturePad pad, ImageFormat imgFormat, string filePath)
            // Create a MemoryStream to load the image into
            using (var imgStream = new MemoryStream())
                // Grab the user's signature image from the SignaturePad
                var saveSettings = new SaveImageSettings()
                    ImageFormat = imgFormat,
                    ScaleFactor = 0.7,
                    ImageQuality = 1,
                    BackgroundColor = Color.White,
                    StrokeColor = Color.DarkBlue,
                    StrokeThickness = 5

                // Save the written signature as an image
                await pad.SaveImageAsync(imgStream, saveSettings);

                if (imgStream.CanSeek)
                    imgStream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);
                    imgStream.Position = 0;

                var imgBytes = imgStream.ToArray();

                File.WriteAllBytes(filePath, imgBytes);

        public static RadFixedDocument AddSignatureToDocument(RadFixedDocument originalDocument, string imageFilePath, ImageFormat imgFormat)
            // We'll use a clone of the original document to perform editing operations with (just in case something goes wrong)
            RadFixedDocument workingDocument = originalDocument.Clone();

            var formFieldsCount = workingDocument.AcroForm.FormFields.Count;

            if (formFieldsCount == 0)
                return null;

            foreach (var formField in workingDocument.AcroForm.FormFields)
                foreach (var widget in formField.Widgets)
                    if (widget.WidgetContentType == WidgetContentType.SignatureContent)
                        // We've discovered a SignatureWidget in the document.
                        var signatureWidget = widget;

                        // WARNING - this demo has the signature on the first page, if yours is on a different page, you'll need to update this
                        var currentPage = workingDocument.Pages.First();

                        // An easy way to edit the document is to use a FixedContentEditor. See
                        FixedContentEditor editor = new FixedContentEditor(currentPage);

                        // Move the Editor to the same location on the page that the SignatureWidget was. See
                        editor.Position.Translate(signatureWidget.Rect.X, signatureWidget.Rect.Y);

                        // Get the dimensions of the widget to use for the size of the image
                        var imageHeight = Convert.ToInt32(signatureWidget.Rect.Height);
                        var imageWidth = Convert.ToInt32(signatureWidget.Rect.Width);

                        // Load the image file into a byte[]
                        var fileImageBytes = File.ReadAllBytes(imageFilePath);

                        Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model.Resources.ImageSource imageSource = null;

                        // Because we have a JPEG image already, we can pass it to the new ImageSource object
                        if (imgFormat == ImageFormat.Jpeg)
                            imageSource = new Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model.Resources.ImageSource(new MemoryStream(fileImageBytes));

                        // However, if we have a PNG image, we need to convert it to JPEG first.
                        if (imgFormat == ImageFormat.Png)
                            // IMPORTANT: You need to define a PNG to JPEG converter in a .NET Standard 2.0 project
                            // See
                            FixedExtensibilityManager.JpegImageConverter = new CustomJpegImageConverter();

                            // onvert the PNG data to JPEG data
                            FixedExtensibilityManager.JpegImageConverter.TryConvertToJpegImageData(fileImageBytes, ImageQuality.Low, out byte[] convertedImageBytes);

                            // Create the ImageSource object
                            imageSource = new Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model.Resources.ImageSource(new MemoryStream(convertedImageBytes));

                        if (imageSource == null)
                            return null;

                        // Draw the image on the document. See
                        editor.DrawImage(imageSource, imageWidth, imageHeight);

                        // Finally, remove the SignatureWidget

                        return workingDocument;

            return null;


As mentioned above, if you want to use the PNG option, you will need to use a Jpg to Png converter for the FixedExtensibilityManager. This article's demo uses ImageSharp from SixLabors for the Jpeg converter, but you can use whatever option you like best. To learn more about the converter, see the Create Custom JpegImageConverter. To learn more about ImageSharp, see SixLabors ImageSharp Introduction.

public class CustomJpegImageConverter : JpegImageConverterBase
    public override bool TryConvertToJpegImageData(byte[] imageData, ImageQuality imageQuality, out byte[] jpegImageData)
        var imageSharpImageFormats = new []{ "jpeg", "bmp", "png", "gif" };

        if (this.TryGetImageFormat(imageData, out var imageFormat) && imageSharpImageFormats.Contains(imageFormat.ToLower()))
            // Install the SixLabors.ImageSharp to the class library, see
            using (SixLabors.ImageSharp.Image imageSharp = SixLabors.ImageSharp.Image.Load(imageData))
                imageSharp.Mutate(x => x.BackgroundColor(SixLabors.ImageSharp.Color.White));

                using (var ms = new MemoryStream())
                    SixLabors.ImageSharp.ImageExtensions.SaveAsJpeg(imageSharp, ms, new JpegEncoder
                        Quality = (int)imageQuality,

                    jpegImageData = ms.ToArray();

            return true;

        jpegImageData = null;

        return false;

See Also

Here are links to the documentation for the components we use above.

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