A popular trend these days is to sign your images when posting online. The thought is to treat the image more like it was being shown in a gallery and less like pixel dust in the wind. The process is really pretty easy to do. I’d also like to state that this is a much more attractive way to watermark a photo.
Here’s the process for Photoshop Users
- Sign your name… take your time and give it a few tries. If you’re using pen and paper, go with a thicker felt tip pen or marker. If using a tablet, that works too. Be sure to create a nice large signature so you’ll have plenty of pixels to work with.
- Scan or digitally capture the signature at a very high resolution. You’re likely adding this to high-resolution imagery, so better to start large and scale down (instead of up).
- Clean up your signature with a Levels adjustment to make the whites and blacks crisp.
- Save two versions of your file. One black on white and one white on black. You can choose Image > Adjustments > Invert to make a negative image.
- When you’re ready to sign, choose File > Place and navigate to your signature file. Choose the black or white signature based on your photo background.
- Scale the image to taste by dragging a corner handle. Be sure to hold down the shift key to constrain the proportions of the scale.
- When ready to place the image, press the Return (Enter key). The layer is added as a Smart Object which can be scaled or resized as needed.
- To blend the signature file, change the layers blending mode. Use Multiply to drop out the white background or Screen to drop out the black.
There you have it… a classy watermark that’s easy to reuse on all your online photos.
Do you have a favorite way to sign your digital images? Share it in the comments please.
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