Beginner Background Only Signature Guide


This guide is to help individuals design a background only, no text and no images, for forums on the internet to use as their signature.

PSFileSetupThis is a guide of how to do a signature for forums. It’s a basic one to get you used to some of the components Photoshop has to offer. Let’s begin. The first thing you will want to do is open up PS and click on “FILE“, then “NEW“. Once you do that the window will pop up that will look like the one to the right. Instead put for Width: 500 and for Height: 200 and Resolution you can put 72 or 300. I usually go 300 myself.


Once you get the size and height in, click “OK“, the picture to the left, minus the border, is what the signature will look like. This is also showing that it’s Transparent for the background.

BrushIconHighlightedYellowThe highlighted icon, the brush, is what you will need to click on for the next step. This part is where you will get to fill in the transparent part of the signature and make it solid.

BrushIconUnderFileandEditThis dot represents the brush style you are able to use for this part. We will stick with the round brush at 110 in size.

Now you need to pick the color, the highlighted squares represents the fill and stroke. The black is the fill and the white is the stroke. The little arrows above the bigger squares, to the right, is what you would click to switch it around.

StrokeandFileIconsNow you can start painting with your brush inside the square, make sure you use both white and black colors (or you can use any other two colors you like, just make sure their is a huge contrast).


You will see the Layers option on the bottom left of the screen when you have Photoshop open. As you can see the little icon, that is how I brushed in the two colors. You can pick whatever design you feel like doing. Next we will be adding a blur to it. 

Example in PhotoShop of Gaussian Blur Window.

Example of menu bar in Photoshop for Filters.

Now this is the time to add the blur. How to get to the blur option you need to look up at the menu bar and find “Filter“, marked below highlighted in yellow. The image to the left is what it will look like when click on Gaussian Blur. I put 57.1 (Click on the image to enlarge and you will see), but you are free to decide how much you want it blurred


This is what it will look like once the Gaussian Blur is added.

Now it’s time to add a new layer. Layer2 The image on the right, as you can see is what it will look like when you add a new layer. You can name them anything but for this I kept it named “Layer 2“. Now on this layer we will be adding a another filter.

CloudFilteronLayer2In layer 2, we’ll be adding a “Cloud” filter, keeping the same color format of black and white.(or whichever two colors you used) .


Now that you look at the image on the right you will see now what that cloud filter looks like in the preview. The highlighted part is a layer option and this one is called “Overlay“.


The picture to the left is  what that layer looks like on overlay with the cloud filter. 

Layer3ColorsNow we’ll switch it up a bit and add some color. I used yellow and red, but you can use whatever color you wish. You will use the same brush, as described above, and use it however you like on the a new layer. The new layer will be called “Layer 3“.


This is the design I used for layer 3.
Layer3atSoftlightNow we’ll take that layer and put it as “Soft Light” and then add a “Motion blur” filter effect to it.


This is what the motion blur window will look like. As you can see it has a bit more options compared to Gaussian Blur. I used the numbers in the image, but you are welcome to use whichever settings you like.

finishedbackgroundNow this is the result I ended up with on the settings and colors I used in this guide. The ones you did will have a similar look. I hope you enjoyed my guide.

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