View Full Version : Adding a sig to pictures
8th September 2008, 10:07 PM
I'm after creating a signature image to place on top of my photos, specifically for the pictures I add to my deviantART page as a deterant to photo-thieves. Now I gather I'd need a way of creating a gif of my signature on 'transparency' to add as a layer or something in PP. I just have no idea where to begin.
How have other people done it?
EDIT: Sorry, I should say, I use the GIMP photo software.
13th September 2008, 11:19 PM
I was hoping someone had replied to this because I am looking for someway of putting copyright info that is visible onto my photo's. I know how to copyright on CS3 (File/File Info) but that doesnt add text visibly to the image.
Hopefully someone will come on and tell us soon:)
13th September 2008, 11:36 PM
What I do is create a new file as a transparency, with copy write information then save it. When I have a photo I want to protect, which is seldom, I insert the transparency into the photo file, move it until it covers a critical part of the image, and merge. (You can adjust the amount of visibility, or transparency to your liking) Then I save it as a separate file. That means the original untouched photo remains intact, but the separate altered photo can be posted anywhere.
16th September 2008, 08:21 PM
There are several ways that it can be done, custom brush, png file,script etc.
To get you going create your sig/watermark and save it as a PNG/PSD/TIFF ie: a file type that will preserve transparency.
Once you have saved this file you can now use it.
Open your file,then File - Place - select the newly created file and it is now placed in the center of your document. From there you can accept this position by double clicking. If you want it in a different place you can select the layer (ctrl/cmd a) and use Layer - Align Layers to Selection functions.
You can record the steps so that you can then use this batch.
20th September 2008, 03:43 PM
I'll give that a go cheers, I was actually after a way of having my own signature, maybe scanned in, but I suspect this would be pretty nails to get right!
20th September 2008, 03:47 PM
The only real way to get your own signature into it is using a graphic tablet, they can be picked up fairly cheaply from amazon and such places.
20th September 2008, 11:50 PM
Just a thought... You have a camera i presume. How about sign your john hancock on a white piece of paper, then take a picture with your camera, then alter as you see fit in photo shop :P
Hey thats so good i think im going to do it myself!
EDIT: Like so... I signed a white bit of paper, pinned it on the wall and took a shot over exposed. Placed it into CS3 and removed the paper, then i am left with my signature that i can change colour and place on my work (see example below). Hope that helped.
EDIT2: In my defence i only read the last part of the thread before i posted this! Not the whole thread.
21st September 2008, 03:33 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions, it's certainly given me enough to be going on with. I think a tablet might be the best way forwards, I'm sure it'd come in handy for other things!
21st September 2008, 04:08 PM
So how exactly do you remove the background from the signature and turn it to a transparency. I'm using Gimp, but I believe it's near enough the same as PS.
21st September 2008, 04:52 PM
Ply with the levels of exposure of the image so you get a nice even tone, then use a magic wand tool to automatically select the paper, then delete.
If you send me a raw file of your shot i will do it for you and post you back a gif if you like, email it to email@example.com
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