|Several of my readers have asked me how to add their personal signature to their digital art. If you are lucky enough to have a digital pen and the software that will capture and store your pen strokes as you write your signature, this becomes a simple process. However, for those of us who still use the mouse to create their digital art, we will need to start with a scan of our signature. |
The first step is to write your signature on a piece of paper (usually white) and scan it into AdobeR PhotoshopR. If you will be creating your digital art for print, you probably have already set the resolution of your artwork to 300 dpi or larger. You will want to scan your signature at that same resolution. See the User's Guide for your scanner for details.
One option that will give better results is to use Photoshop's Pen tool to draw or trace over your scanned signature. But don't forget to start on a new empty layer. Once you have traced your signature with the Pen tool, it will be a vector shape and you can resize the signature larger or smaller as needed without loosing any detail. Because it is now on a transparent layer, you can copy the signature and paste it on to a new layer in your artwork, independent of the background color of the artwork. The signature will be clear and there will be no ghosting. This tracing process can also done in Adobe IllustratorR. Just open your scanned signature into Illustrator and add a new layer. Use the Pen and Line Segment tools to trace your signature.
I leave this next option for last because the amount of success you might have with it depends on your signature and the amount of customizing you can do to the Live Trace Presets.