Text Signature in Photoshop for Semi-Intermediate User

You will need to know a bit about Photoshop for doing this tutorial. This is a method I have used from time to time and it can be pretty cool if used with the right font and photo. First you want to start off with a signature size of 500×200 and 300 ppi.500x200signaturebox

Search for a good think font to use, I went with Mangal that is in Photoshop. The box next to it is Character. To get the menu you go to View and then click on Character in the drop down menu.

  • font size was 36 pt
  • leading 30
  • tracking 75
  • vertical scale 80%
  • horizontal scale 125%
  • used all capsThe word D, E, L on a transparent background

Once this is done, you will need to find a picture to go into a new layer and cover it. I am going to create one for this tutorial out of brushes and stamps.This will give you an idea of how it will look.  You will want to go to Image and then Apply Image to get all the layers into 1 layer for this. This will not combine all the other layers, so you are able to go back and make changes easily this way. Orange, Green, Yellow, and Red Grass and Leaves Background

Now that you have the background you want, now it’s time to make the text signature. With the text you provided in the earlier step, you will need to bring that on top of the Apply Image you just made. Copy (CTRL+J) this layer, just in case you make a mistake and UN-check the Eye so you don’t see it. Go to Type and pick from the drop down menu, Rasterize Type Layer. This will allow you to do the necessary steps next.
Black Letters, D, E, L, on a Green, Yellow, Red, and Orange BackgroundThis step you will need to use the wand tool to select each of the letters and then go to the background apply image layer and delete the letters out of it (Also UN-check the eyes for the layers underneath and the layer with the rasterized text).
Transparent D, E, L, in a Green, Orange, Red, and Yellow Background

Take the UN-rasterized text layer, which should be the top layer and check mark the black box next to it to bring the eye back. Now copy (CTRL+J)  the layer above and bring it above the UN-rasterized text layer, which now this should be the top layer. Now click on the layer and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and move the layer to where you think it looks right for your design. Now right click  on the UN-rasterized text layer and choose,
Blending Options to add a stroke. What to do in the stroke panel (Play around with it though to add your own twist to the design you want to make):

  • Change color to orange
  • Blend mode to darken
  • 4 for size of stroke
  • Center in position
  • 100% opacity

D, E, L, lettering with stroke on a background of green, red, yellow and orange. Next to it is a panel for stroke feature in Photoshop The file step is to add a stroke to the entire signature. To do this, just follow the steps you did for adding a stroke to the text layer after you apply an image. I went with a dark brown border and the stroke I went with two. Play around with it till you find what looks best for your design.
Light Orange Stroke on letters D, E, L on a orange, green, yellow and red background with a brown stroke

There you have it, your text signature! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and look for my next one, which is coming soon. I went ahead and made some extra enhancements. Letters, D, E, and L in a bright colorful background of orange, green, red, yellow and pink with leaves and needles of grass

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