Whether you love them or hate them, watermarks are a thing and some people want it to be a bit more personal than just a logo. Sometimes, they really want to “sign” it. But how? It’s a pretty easy process to do when you know how and in this video, Jesús Ramirez at the Photoshop Training Channel shows us how.
But not only does Jesús show us how we can digitise our signature properly for placing on top of an image, but he also shows us how we can create an action within Photoshop to automatically apply it to our images with just a single click. Alternatively, we also learn how to turn it into a brush so we can easily adjust and resize it for different uses.
Getting your signature onto the computer is pretty easy. You can either use a graphics tablet like those from Wacom or Huion, or you can just write it out with an actual pen on a piece of paper and then either scan it or photograph it to get it into Photoshop. If you chose the latter option, you’ll need to separate the signature from the background in order to make the background transparent. Jesús prefers to use the colour channels to make a selection to do this, but there are a number of ways it can be done.
He then shows us how to use layer styles to create a more defined and stylish looking signature that works well for images. After this, the trick to Jesús’ process is to upload the final design to the Adobe Creative Cloud. From here, you can drag it into any open image you have and Jesús shows us how to create an action to automatically resize it and position it appropriately in the image so you get consistency whenever you use it.
As a little bonus tip, Jesús also shows us how we can easily turn the signature into a brush that we can resize and recolour at will. There are some disadvantages to going with the brush method vs the smart object imported from Creative Cloud, but there are times when the brush method might work better for you.
How do you sign your images? Do you even use a watermark at all?