How Do I Digitally Sign My Photos?

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Watermarking images is useful for avoiding piracy and getting your name out, but digitally signing photos adds a more personal touch. Digitally signing your photography can be done with any photo editing program that is capable of working with multiple layers. Once you create a digital signature, you can use it on any of your images.

Things You'll Need

  • Black marker
  • Neutral-colored paper
  • Scanner
  • Photo editing software with multi-layer capabilities
  • Write your signature on a neutral-colored sheet of paper with a black pen.

  • Scan the signed sheet at a resolution of 300 dpi. Save the scanned file as a GIF, JPEG, TIFF file.

  • Import the scanned signature image into a photo editing program like Photoshop, Gimp, Paint or Illustrator. Eliminate the background with the eraser tool so that the new image will only contain your signature over a transparent background. Darken the signature with the drawing tool if you feel it is necessary.

  • Save the signature in the native file format and open an image that you would like to digitally sign.

  • Drag the photo signature file into the layers palette of the image you are signing. Adjust the size and positioning of the signature until your preferences are met.

  • Save the signed image file under a new name so that you have both the original and the signed image.

References

  • Photo Credit Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images
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