How to Make Signatures With Photoshop


A signature is an image that contains one's full name or user name. These are added into email messages, forum posts and message boards. One easy way to make a signature is by using Adobe Photoshop. This is an image editing and graphic design program that's provides versatility and full customization options. If you are tired of boring signatures, then it is time to use Adobe Photoshop and create one that is both stylish and unique.

  • Open Adobe Photoshop. Go to "File > Open." Select a picture for your signature and click "Open." The image must be saved onto your computer before importing it to Adobe Photoshop.

  • Crop a section of the image for your signature. Click the "Crop Tool" on the left toolbar or press the "C" key. Click and drag the "Crop Tool" on a section of the image then release the mouse button. Click the "Move Tool" or press the "M" key then click "Crop" when prompted.

  • Add text to the image. Select the "Horizontal Type Tool" or press the "T" key. Select an area on the image to add the text then type in your signature name. Edit the font style, size and color by clicking on the text options. Click the "Move Tool" or press "M" to set the text.

  • Add effects to the signature. Go to the right selection menu and click the "Layers" tab. Select either the image or text layer. Click "FX" at the bottom of this menu and choose which effects to add to the layer. This includes Drop Shadow, Inner Glow, Satin and more. Add even more effects by choosing a layer and going to the top menu and selecting "Filter."

  • Edit the size. Go to the top menu and select "Image > Image Size." Set the dimensions and click "OK." The common image size used for forum signatures is 300 X 100 pixels.

  • Save the signature. Go to "File > Save As." Select a save location, file format and name. Choose a file format such as JPEG or GIF for best results. Click "Save." Set the save options then click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • Go to "Edit" and select "Undo" or "Step Backward" to erase any unwanted changes made to the image.

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