Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

All images shown in this redbubble portfolio are owned by the artist, Tom Gomez and are protected under UK and International copyright...

How To Add a Signature to your Images

If you want to add a real signature to your images (as in this example), follow the instructions below:

1. Write a neat, readable signature.
2. Scan it as a picture (.jpg file) at 300 dpi (ppi)
3. Save the signature file.

The following directions are for Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 and Adobe Photoshop CS2 (these are the versions I have). Some minor adjustments may be necessary if you are using another version.

The next step is to save your signature as a brush.
1. Open the scanned signature file in Photoshop.
2. Select the Marquis tool.
3. Draw the marquis around your signature (keep it tight to the edges of the signature).
4. Click on the Brush tool.

In CS2:
– Click on the Edit pull-down menu and select Define Brush Preset…
– A dialogue box will open (Brush Name).
– Go to Instruction step 5.

In Elements:
– Click on the Edit pull-down menu and select Define Brush from Selection…
– A dialogue box will open (Pattern Name).

5. Next, name your brush something like my signature.
6. Click OK.

The next step is to place your signature on an image.
7. Open your image in PhotoShop.
8. Select the Brush tool.
9. Go to Brush Presets Picker. Scroll to your signature – it should be near the bottom. You may use the square bracket keys to make the signature brush appear larger (use ]) or smaller (use [).
10. Go to the area where you want to place your signature and click once.
11. Save the picture as your photo name_*Signed* or something like that so as not to destroy your original picture.

Images in RB are often cropped to fit to standard sizes. The Card option is one that may crop some of your original artwork depending on the size of the image.

Depending on where you have placed your signature, RB may crop some of it away. Always check, by pressing on the buy/preview button in the Public View. You will be able to see if the signature has been cropped.

If it has been cropped, load your original shot back into PhotoShop and repeat the process of adding the signature, but in a better position. Re-save the image (overwrite your signed copy).

In RB, go to Edit mode for the image and upload the modified image (Change the image), then press the Save Changes button at the bottom of the Edit page.

Depending on where you place the signature, you may need to change the colour of the brush tool. Some trial and error may be required.

That should do it. Let me know if you have any problems.


You can find all my How To Tutorials by clicking here.

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