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 personal signature is applied to your picture.