Tutorial: Make a Cool Blended Signature

Forum users, need a cool signature? You’ve come to the right place. This tutorial will teach you how to make a signature by blending images together. Let the tutorial begin!

1. First you need to create an image within the size limits set by the forums you use. Most forum admins will let you use 300×100, though it varies. You should check before you continue the tutorial. I will use 300×100 in this example. So, the new document box should look similar to the following:

2. Now, assemble the images you wish to blend. I’m going to go with a bunch of images from the Harry Potter films, though you can use anything you want. You should get something like the following:

3. Time to start putting the images together. Just copy and paste the images from their windows to the signature document (Ctrl-A. Ctrl-C. *Move to signature document* Ctrl-V). Use Free Transform (Ctrl-T) on the layers to resize and reposition them. I recommend entering percentages into the options bar to resize the images without distorting them. You can also remove parts of the images as well. For example, if you have an image with a solid or uninteresting background, you can remove it before pasting it into the signature. It’s useful to put one or two images behind all the others (pick ones that you don’t like too much, you’ll barely see them).

4. It’s time for the fun part. Grab the eraser tool and pick a fuzzy brush. Then you can resize it as needed.

5. Now, start erasing bits of layers so they blend together. You may need to adjust the brush size and opacity now and then. It takes a bit of practice to get it right, but you should get something like this:

It’s nowhere near my best work, but it should give you a good idea of what you’re trying to do. Scroll back up the page and look at the image before the eraser treatment. Notice the difference? You can make some images translucent (by lowering the layer opacity) if you wish, though I think it ruins the look.

6. It’s time to add some text, unless you want to add more images. Pick a font that goes well with the images, set the size, and type in white (or whatever color contrasts well). Don’t worry about the color too much, we’ll be applying a gradient instead. I chose the font “Harry P,” which is based off the “Harry Potter” logo’s typeface.

7. Now open up the layer modes box and set some gradients, bevels, shadows and the like. Be creative.

8. Now do whatever else you want. Be creative, it’s your signature. Use Image > Adjustments, apply filters, whatever.


 

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