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Real looking signatures online?

Postby Ribena » Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:25 pm

Sorry rubbish title-

There are some really jazzy signatures out there. Not looking for the animated, glitter ones but the ones that look like someone really signed their name. How do you do that?

I wanted to use one in my emails and blog. But have no idea where to start?
Is this a graphics thing?

I was thinking they could use a special font but I'm told if it's too special it maynot work on everyone's PC..........

Thanks in advance

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Postby Steve MacLellan » Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:42 pm

If you take a medium felt pen and write your signature on a piece of paper, you can scan it into your computer. If you don't have a scanner, take it someplace where they have office services like Staples, and they can put it on a disk for you.

Try to write it fairly large. Then when you transfer it onto your computer you can re sample it to be a little smaller and smoother.

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Postby Ribena » Thu Jan 04, 2007 12:48 am

Thank you for the practical advice,Steve.

It's so simple when you know how :)

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Postby NetDebut » Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:11 am

If your scanner is not up to scale or you simply don't like your signature, you can also go scouting for more fonts. Do a search in the search engine for just "fonts" and you'll find plenty. I can't remember the site, but it had hundreds of free font styles. Some of them looked like real hand writing and stuff.
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Postby Lynn Terry » Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:46 pm

Steve's advice is the best route - I've done mine that way.

If you DO go with a special font, you want to create an image out of it instead of trying to use the font in HTML code. That way anyone with any computer will see the image (and the font in that image) without having to download that font onto their computer.
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Postby Alan Petersen » Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:07 pm

I used these guys. Same process as above but instead of scanning it you send it to them and they send it back to you ready for use. Only 10 bucks.
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Postby bignewbie » Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:08 pm

If you're fairly proficient with corel, illustrator or even photoshop, here's a step up from the original idea of scanning and saving your signature.

After you've scaneed and loaded your signature into your favorite agraphic program, open a new layer above the original scan and "trace" over your signature with the pen or line tool. Once you have a rough outline of the image, covert it to curves and use your select tool to "massage" the lines into the exact shape of your signature, add the approriate storke or outline weight, optimize, save for web and you're done.

An additional advantage is, that you can change the color of your signature to match your site color's :)

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