How to create your own signature

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  • 1. Creating your personal'Signature Brush'Autograph your pictures

2.

  • 1.First step is to sign your name:
  • Write your signature with a black pen
  • on a white sheet of paper.
  • Stick it on a wall in a well lit area
  • take a picture of it using your camera.
  • Make sure its in focus by previewing it on
  • The camera before you proceed.

3.

  • 2. Import your signature to the computer
  • Connect your camera or card reader as usual.
  • Put you signature image in an appropriately titled folder.
  • Then, disconnect your camera.

4.

  • 3. Adjusting the signature in PhotoShop Elements
  • Firstly, use the 'Crop Tool' to remove unwanted white areas.
  • Crop tightly about the signature area without removing any of it.
  • Double click inside the image or click the return key on the
  • keyboard to consolidate the crop.
  • Double click the 'Hand Tool' and the signature will fit in your
  • workspace.
  • This is a useful tip to remember if you quickly wish to view
  • your full image - full screen.

5.

  • Adjust the contrast and Levels.
  • You need to have a clearly defined black and white image.
  • You can do this by using'Brightness/Contrast.
  • Or by using 'LEVELS'. 'Enhance'>'Adjust Brightness/Contrast'>'Levels'
  • In 'Levels' we are presented with a graph (histogram) of the Dark-Mid Tone-Bright pixels in the image.

6.

  • Adjust the sliding arrows representing the various tones so as to arrive with a strong Black and White image.
  • Move the 'light' slider in towards the right and watch how the background area brightens.
  • The text will also brighten so we need to darken it.
  • Go to the 'dark' slider and move it towards the right.
  • Take care not to darken any of the white area as you go.
  • When you arrive at an acceptable B/W image, click 'OK'.

7.

  • 4. Making your personal Signature Paint Brush
  • Before we make our paint brush we should reduce the size of our
  • image.
  • There may be variations in individual dimensions depending on the camera you used and how large you wrote and
  • captured your signature.
  • Follow this and see how you fair out.

8.

  • Go to 'Image'>'Resize'>'Image Size'
  • Firstly ensure that 'Constrain Proportions' and
  • 'Resample Image' are checked.
  • Also ensure your resolution is set to 300 pixels.
  • Now insert a value of about 1200 pixels in the box
  • representing the image 'Width.

9.

  • A window will appear with a preview of your signature.
  • Don't worry if it looks a bit distorted, it has been altered to fit the square format of the preview but the actual brush will be exactly like your image.
  • Give your brush a more personal title, i.e. 'My Signature' and click 'OK'.
  • Close your original image.
  • Save it to your folder, you may use it again at another time.

10.

  • 5. Signing your pictures with your Signature Paint Brush
  • Find and open one of your photos in the workspace via the 'File Browser'.
  • Identify an appropriate area to place your signature in the image.
  • Go to the Tool Palette and select the 'Paint Brush Tool'.

11.

  • Go to the Tool Palette and select the 'Paint Brush Tool'
  • In the options bar click on the paintbrush palette and scroll through it until you identify your personal brush.
  • It will usually be the very last one in the list.
  • Click on it to select it.
  • Hold the mouse over your picture to preview your signature on it.
  • Before clicking the mouse to apply the signature you might first want to spend a moment to consider the brush Size and Colour.

12.

  • Colour.
  • Click on the 'Foreground Colour Well' at the bottom of the 'Tool Box Palette' to bring up the 'Colour Picker Palette.
  • Use either the picker window or the eye drop tool (when you move the mouse off the palette and place it over your image and click, a colour will be automatically identified in the palette).
  • Pick a colour that suits best and click 'OK'

13.

  • Brush Size
  • The way to adjust brush size is in the option bar. Note the 'Size' box beside the brush picker menu.
  • Click the arrow at the right and adjust the slider to find an appropriate brush size.
  • A shortcut to adjusting brush size is to hold down the 'square bracket keys' on the key board [ left sq bracket to reduce brush size, ] right sq bracket to make it bigger.
  • When done, go to your image and click. Your personal signature is applied to your picture.

14.

  • Click on the 'Foreground Colour Well' at the bottom of the 'Tool Box Palette' to bring up the 'Colour Picker Palette.
  • Use either the picker window or the eye drop tool (when you move the mouse off the palette and place it over your image and click, a colour will be automatically identified in the palette).
  • Pick a colour that suits best and click 'OK'

15.

  • Brush Size
  • The way to adjust brush size is in the option bar. Note the 'Size' box beside the brush picker menu.
  • Click the arrow at the right and adjust the slider to find an appropriate brush size.
  • A shortcut to adjusting brush size is to hold down the 'square bracket keys' on the key board [ left sq bracket to reduce brush size, ] right sq bracket to make it bigger.

16. Hey Presto!

  • When done, go to your image and click. Your personalsignature is applied to your picture.