Guide on using photoshop to make signatures?

By bobby123
Jan 3, 2007
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  1. Hey guys, not posted in a while. Happy new year to all :). I opened up an idea about techspot school learning users and it was said that would be far too complex but if there was something users wanted help with they can ask. So I have now.

    Basically on a lot of sites which consist of forums, users use signatures. Some of them even flash. Now i want a guide as to how it is possible to make signatures in photoshop please.

    Hopefully there will be some help.
  2. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    Well its the same as just creating images etc. Depending on what version photoshop you have, when you create a new file there's a preset size for banners.. otherwise theres nothing wrong with making your own sizes...

    I'm pretty sure you know how to draw, cut, paste images etc then add some layering effects and text.. its all about imagination.. although i don't know if thats the info you're after or not :D

    But anyways, don't think it will make much of a use here.. http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic59036.html
  3. bobby123

    bobby123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 391

    which version of photoshop is needed?
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    I just wondered if you were getting confused between signature and avatar.

    For clarification - [​IMG]
  5. bobby123

    bobby123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 391

    I want to make signatures, you can have photo signatures you know rik lol.
  6. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    please just stick to this thread for now..

    i believe you meant "with flash"?

    You can create any signature pics like you do with normal pictures, except that its limited to certain image dimensions. So any version of photoshop will do, or other graphic design software.

    For animated ones, especially flash you will need to use the programs that can make Flash objects (photoshop doesn't do it by itself) like Flash MX etc.

    Few examples are these i made a long time ago from my archives, using a then PS7, simple layering effects etc. although just static images.
    http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h47/N3051M/simbanner.jpg
    http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h47/N3051M/dbanner.jpg

    If you want guides on how to make images using photoshop, or how to make flash animations, i can try to find you some good links, but i'll have to do that later..
  7. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 638

    Why in the world would you want to make a signature in flash? Animated signatures are just as damn annoying as animated advertisements!
    Flash is useful for making games, websites and browser applets.
    I made some long ago not anything flashy though.

    Blue:
    [​IMG]
    Black:
    [​IMG]
    Small:
    [​IMG]
  8. bobby123

    bobby123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 391


    yeah please, that would be really really helpful.

    By the way, I dont have photoshop, where can I download it for free.
  9. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 638

    That would be pirating software and is not what we are here to help you with, but fact is that you don't need Ps to create fancy images, Picasa, The Gimp, Pain.Net, Inkscape and other free alternatives exist, and regardless of what program you choose to work with, theres always some time needed to learn how to use the software.
  10. bobby123

    bobby123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 391

    ok thanks but if that post on the guide can be posted that would be good.
  11. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    You can download a trail version of Adobe Photoshop by visiting their site www.adobe.com and same with the flash Pro 8 there too. Note they are huge downloads and will only run for a limited time!

    Regardless of what program you choose in the end, a brush is a brush, tool is a tool and a colour is a colour..

    If you google Photoshop Tutorials, how to create banners, how to make forum signatures etc you can learn heaps.. that and prodding around in the program itself, artistically :)

    http://www.astahost.com/info.php/photoshop-tutorial-forum-signatures_t4523.html
    http://forums.photobucket.com/showthread.php?t=7942 <-semi-ready made templates thing..
    http://www.rnel.net/tutorials/Photoshop/Signature_Effects <-good place to learn how to make backgrounds and effects etc.
    http://www.tutorialguide.net/professional_banner_tutorial.html
    http://www.tutorio.com/signature-tutorials.html

    Few to get you started with, the rest you can google for, or learn off others (and yourself)
     
  12. bobby123

    bobby123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 391

    thanks n3051m, I have exams from tommorow so better concentrate on those and then I will treat myself with photoshop :D
  13. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    No problems!
    Good luck in your exams :)
    N30
  14. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 638

    Hmm... Couldn't you just pick up a book on Ps at your local library?
    What? Doesn't everyone have 8Mb these days? :)
  15. N3051M

    N3051M Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,800

    well us Aussies are probably half a year behind in speeds than there in the US and Europe.. only recently (late last year) that ADSL was available in my area (after i complained a lot to my phone line provider. I think they got sick of me yakking and did something for once. Yay Optus Singtel. :D) and the big telco (Telstra) that owns literally ~90% of the phone lines didn't release the speed cap on its lines until just recently..

    i hate to think of people in other places still stuck on *shudder* dial-up.


    stupid Telstra.
  16. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 Newcomer, in training Posts: 351

    Yikes. I know what you mean, I only know one person who still has dial-up. Wierd, isn't it? Everyone had dial-up until a few years ago.

    On-topic: If you make yourself a siggy, keep the filesize small as a courtesy to my dial-up using minions.
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,419   +281

  18. bobby123

    bobby123 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 391

    Guys I have bought photoshop now, I need a guide on making signatures now.
     
  19. eroz

    eroz Newcomer, in training Posts: 108

    Post #11 has some tutorials.
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