How to make a digital signature in Photoshop


How to create a digital signature using photoshop screenshot

Need to make a digital signature in Photoshop?

I’d been blogging for quite some time before I noticed some of the ‘big’ bloggers were signing off their blog posts with their own digital signature. And I wanted one so bad!

WHY DO YOU NEED A DIGITAL SIGNATURE FOR YOUR BLOG? 

Honest answer: you don’t.

Having said that, it’s a great way to make your blog look professional whilst adding a personal touch, which is crucial if you want to build an engaged audience.

It gets boring looking at text all the time! And people forget there is actually someone behind the screen, writing all the text.

A digital signature is the perfect way to add a little bit more of you to your blog.

IS IT WORTH THE EFFORT TO MAKE A DIGITAL SIGNATURE? 

I’d say so, especially as it’s not that hard. In this post, I’m going to be showing you how to create a digital signature in Photoshop. It’s pretty easy, and looks really good. Check mine out below:

Digital signature before and after close up

It’s taken from a photograph, so it looks exactly like my signature!

So let’s get to it; here’s how to make a digital signature from a photograph using Photoshop.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A DIGITAL SIGNATURE IN PHOTOSHOP

To make one, you surprisingly do not need much:

  • Photoshop. Pretty obvious, but if it’s a tutorial showing you how to use Photoshop…you’re gonna need Photoshop. I pay £10 per month for my subscription, but usually Photoshop offer a 30 day free trial, so it might be worth checking out if you don’t already have it!
  • Paper and pen. I tried this a couple of times, and found you need to use paper that is not textured and a pen that doesn’t bleed. It means the lines will be smoother, and your digital signature will look neater.

And that’s it!

HOW TO MAKE A DIGITAL SIGNATURE IN PHOTOSHOP

Below is a step by step for using Photoshop to create a digital signature.

  1. Write your signature on the paper with a pen.
  2. Take a photograph of your signature.
  3. Open the photograph in Photoshop and drag the layer onto the button at the bottom right, pictured below. This will duplicate the photograph of your signature, meaning if you make any changes by mistake, it doesn’t matter as the underneath layer will stay the same.

Copy background

4. My image is pretty large; to resize it, go to Image>Canvas size. Then change the width and height, and press ‘OK’.

Image, Width and Height, Ok

5. To brighten the image and make it look digital, go to Filter> Camera Raw Filter> then use the slider to pull the whites all the way up, and black all the way down. Then press ‘OK’.

Filter, Camera Raw Filter, Ok

6. To finish, align the image using the move tool at the top of the tool bar. Then, select the bottom layer and delete it as you no longer need it in case of mistakes! (This will make the file size smaller).

Move, delete top layer

7. Go to File> Save As, then save the image as a JPEG or PNG and you are done!

You can now use this digital signature for the bottom of your blog posts.

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