At last i have managed to get my buttock into gear and do a 'how to' for signatures. I am
going to start off at the begining and show you step by step exactly what you need to know
to make your very own sig. (Please note that this tutorial is done using photoshop)
1. First of all you need a copy of photoshop (the more recent the better) now open it up
and we shall start.
2. Now like every artist you need to start off with a blank canvass like so
This is where you draw your sig. make it around 400px width by 75px hight
3. Now im going to introduce to you the toolbar. Please note that im not going to go into
detail regarding all the tools cos you won't need em all just yet. Here is what it looks like,
4. Now lets make a start on your sig. First of all we are going to want to make a background for you signature and on this occassion we are going to use the gradient tool You will find this on the tool bar. If however you see a paint bucket Left click on this and it will give you the option for the gradiant tool. Now for future refrence i shall briefly explain the paint bucket tool, all that does is fill an area with a solid colour, whereas the gradient tool fills and area with 2 colours merged together.
Now we will start the sig.
Select your gradiant tool then go to the top left of your screen and you will see some options for your gradient tool like so..
The section that is circled in red is the bit we need to go to select that and it will take you to this screen..
(notice as i am using low quality gifs the gradiants can look messed up but im being as helpfull to the 56kers as i can be)
Now go to the big bar were you choose your colours using the 2 sections selected in red here..
Now what we want to do is change the colour so first off click the first selected point and a colour chart will come up like so...
Now the section that is selected in red is the bit we are going to change.
In that bar I want you to type 9AB8C9 this will be your first colour. Now repeat the process for the second point except this time choose the colour to C5D5E4 Now right above this selected point there is another white coloured point like this
In this image the one i mean is selected, I want you to double click this until and option called OPACITY appears and i want you to set that to 100%.
Now go back to your canvass with the gradiant tool selected and click from the bottom of your canvass hold the SHIFT key and drag the cursor up to the top of your canvass and then let go. LIKE THIS>
(As i said earlier these pics wont show the gradiant correctly as im using small pixel quality gifs)
Now You have your background colour ready nect we will move onto sig content.
5. Now your content can be whatever the hell you want it to be but today im going to keep it simple for all you beginers who will use this tutorial.
All im going to do is place in a basic image use some layer styles and add some text so here goes.
We will start off with the canvass we have just coloured in with the bluey grey gradiant now we will add our image. Now just for the tutorial sakes im going to use a basic image like this
Now everyone should have this image on their Pc if they use a recent version of windows. yes you guessed it its the winter image from your sample pictures folder. Now simply drag that image over onto your canvass and it will look like this
Now i bet your thinking Utter ******* has f U cked this up as i can't see my background any more, but ahhhhhhhh touché what ive done is ive given you a new layer situated here
Now just not to confuse things we can name our layers by simply clicking on layer one and renaming it Background and clicking on layer 2 and renaming it Winter image.
Now come the funky part
at the top of the layers palette you will see a drop down menu that says NORMAL select that and change it to SCREEN, and nect to that you will see your OPACITY for that layer, I want you to put that to 50%.
And there we have a slightly cool background with a layered image on it.
(As i have already mentioned this if for tutorial purposes only and you can you whatever image you want cars, dogs, cats ect. And if you are getting really good you can start selecting certain images from pics and putting them on but we will hit on that another time as this is taking bloody hours!
6. Now we shall put a little text in for this part we need the text tool and we will choose the best spot to use it.
So once you have found where you want your text to go Make one left click in that area and a blinking cursor will appear, Now simply type in your text (This can be whatever the hell you want it to be for tut purposes im going to do my name and im going to use a font called magnum)
Now to change your fonts you need to look at the top of your screen where wyou will see this>
Here you are able to change your font your font size, your font colour and your font style It is very helpfull.
Now just type in your text and you will have somthing like this>
Now you have your basic sig and you can do some of the basics but because now you have a small incling of how photoshop works you can experiment trying different things.
Here is my final result after a bit of messing about
This is the first of many tutorials if you have anything you are finding difficult in photoshop PM me with it and i shall do a tutorial with the result!
Ive been me and youve been great