Add a Signature to your Digital Photos

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For finished pieces, I like to add my signature to the final version of a photograph. I have learned an easy and handy way to turn my signature into a brush (in Photoshop CS3, also common to other versions) so that adding it to an image is as easy as a single click.


First you need to decide what you’d like to use as your signature. In order to use your ACTUAL signature, without trying to free-hand draw it with the pencil tool, simply sign your name in black ink on a white piece of paper, and then scan it. It helps with clarity and resolution if you write fairly large.

Or, you can use a font/image combination. For my personal signature, I used a divider line that I found attractive, and combined it with a script font (as you can see in the example above, bottom right hand corner).

Crop the signature or font/image closely around the edges. Then go to the Edit menu and choose Define Brush Preset. A dialogue box opens and asks you to assign a name to the new brush.


Your signature is now created as a brush. In order to use it, simply open the picture that you wish to add the signature to. With the Brush Tool selected (“B” on the keyboard – shortcut alert!), right-click anywhere in the image, or use the Brush Picker drop-down box in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Scroll until you find your signature brush (it will probably be at the very end of the list of brushes), click on it, then size the brush using the Master Diameter slider.


Find an unobtrusive corner of your image to add the signature. I also like to color coordinate my signature to the image by using the eye-dropper tool to select a color in the image to assign to my signature (click the eye-drop tool, click on the section of the image that has the color you want, then click on the brush tool again). With your signature brush selected and sized appropriately, position the cursor where you want the signature to appear and click ONCE.

Voila! That’s all there is to it! The brush will be available for you to use over and over and over again. You can also use this method to create logos, stamps, and other types of often-used photo additions.

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