Digital signature

In an older article I already discussed the usefulness of a digital signature. I wrote this back then because I saw so many blotchy and large watermarks on photos that I thought was a shame. The photo was sometimes completely ruined. The benefits of such a watermark are also there. Then I had some tips and a link to Photologo where you can order them but you can also make them yourself. Here under an introduction.

What do you need?

A photo editor that can work with layers and export transparent PNG images. If you don't have one, a few tips. Affinity Photo is now on sale. For € 28 you have a photo editor equivalent to Photoshop and you don't need an expensive subscription. If you do not need this and you want a simpler program then you can use Paint.Net , it gives good results. If you want to use the model I made in PSD format then install the PSD plugin for Paint.Net.

Making the signature

First this, I use Affinity Photo myself. Barring some minor differences per program, what I describe works the same everywhere, so just try it out!

Select signature

Of course, you can always, completely graphically, make your signature with a drawing tablet, but I personally find this way easier. I download a font I like and install it on my computer. It is therefore available in my photo editor. I search the fonts on the internet but I really only need one website that has a large collection of handwriting fonts. I always go to Dafont Free. More than 1500 handwritten fonts, there should always be something there.

In the example, I am already on the font page and I have marked the font I want to use in yellow.

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Fonts

I choose Christine Signature here, this is a nice slender letter that represents a good handwriting. So it's not going to be such a big blob somewhere in a corner. When you are on the page you immediately get a number of alternatives from the same maker that are often equally beautiful.

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Alternatives

Install fonts in Windows

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Install fonts in Windows

We have now downloaded the font and we are going to install it in Windows. For that we first extract the zip file. In Windows explorer we stand on the font and right click on the font and choose install for all users. When this is done we can use it. Below you can watch it in a video of 2 minutes.

Create the signature in Affinity Photo

I make the signature here in Affinity Photo. This works much the same in all photo editors. Below you can see how the model looks with me. You can download this model from this website.

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Model

Here you see the model as I made it. If you want to make it yourself, the size is 960 × 180, large enough to make a nice sharp signature for all photos. If you see it in your own program, the name is probably in a different letter because you didn't install the font that I have here in the model as a starting point. You see here 3 layers. A black background, the “John Photograph” layer and the “PHOTOGRAPHY” layer. The last layer has the font Arial Regular that is on every computer, so you don't have to change it.

We will now be in the layer of the name and select the name. Then we go to the font selection and choose the font we just downloaded, in our case Christine Signature, and we see the name of the font change.

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Switched the font.

You can now see that it is a bit messy. The name is fine after adapting it to the box where he has to go. the word “PHOTOGRAPHY” should have a little more free space. Select the Photography layer in your layers as shown below.

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Selected the layer PHOTOGRAPHY, now we can move it freely within the boundaries of the box and adjust the size if necessary. We will both do these actions with the photo below the final result.

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Move and resize
Fill
Turn off black background

Then we turned off the black background, it was only help to make the white letters so that we could see them well. Saved, we don't need the black background because it is best if the signature is transparent so that it can be placed on most photos.

The image should now look something like the one below. The blocks indicate that the image is transparent. You can also immediately see why I made a black background in my model. The signature is hardly visible!

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Transparant

Now we are going to export it to png format. You can then use it in Lightroom or other programs and it maintains its transparency. In Photoshop or Affinity Photo I use the layers by copying and pasting them into the photo so that they are always well adapted to the image after any rescaling. I also use the PNG format as the logo of my website or to sign mail.

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Export to PNG

I always make a black version for the logo / signature. this is suitable for light photos, signing email, etc. You can do this simply by selecting the white letters and changing them to black in the color picker. Don't forget to save the file under a different name to keep your white signature.

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Make it black

Conclusion

There is now nothing in your way to provide your photos with a beautiful signature. For your convenience, you can download the templates for Affinity and Photoshop below.

Signature Template Affinity

A handy model for making signatures in Affinity Photo

Signature Template Photoshop

A handy model for making signatures in Photoshop

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