Add Personal Signature to Digital Art - 2

Add Personal Signature to Digital Art - 2
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.

  1. Open your scan into Illustrator and use the Selection tool to select the signature.

  2. Now the Live Trace button is available in the Options Bar. Clicked on the small arrow next to the Live Trace button for the drop-down menu of Presets. Each Preset will give a different result. When you try this yourself, you can fine tune the Presets in the Tracing Options dialog box. Just click on Tracing Options from the drop-down menu. You may even find a result that you like better than your real signature. My favorite was the result that I got from the Simple Trace Preset.

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