Add A Digital Signature To Photos Using Your Handwriting

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add signature to photosYourFonts provides an easy way to get add signature to photos using your own handwriting. After that, it’s all very simple. I’m writing this on the basis that you’re a Windows user, but I’m sure you’ll be able to translate my instructions if not.

If you’ve ever fiddled with fonts before you’ll know that constructing them is not the simplest thing in the world. Truetype fonts are essentially vector representations of the characters within them, and creating them is a little….well, let’s say….laborious.

Kabir discussed how to make a text font just a few days ago, and has listed a few great tools to help out, and you can learn a whole lot more about fonts there. Go ahead and do that if you like. The rest us are going to cheat, and use YourFonts instead.

The process here is well laid out and fairly simple. You do need just a few things to help out though. If this was a cookery blog, this would be the list of ingredients. Please check your pantry first.

  • A printer, able to print a Letter or A4 sheet
  • A scanner, able to scan the above page at a reasonable resolution
  • A fine marking pen in good condition, preferably black

So, jump in to YourFonts, and follow the steps to make a digital signature using your handwriting:

1. Print the template from the site, either as a PDF or an image. PDF is the preferred method.

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2. Complete the template. Read the notes, and fill out all the boxes, taking care to stay within the lines. Take note of the little ticks on the side of each box, and work out where the tops and bottoms of the letters go.

There’s no need to fill out the second page unless you plan on being unusually thorough, or to use a language other than English.

At the end of the first page there is a large block for your signature. Take some care if you plan to use your official signature here.

I took the liberty of bullying persuading my daughter Sophie to provide me with handwriting samples. The good work is hers. The fault is mine.

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3. Now a test of your versatility. You need to scan the resulting sheet, and save it as an image on your local machine. 300DPI is best, and further details are available on the web page. Note the suggestion not to upload a picture of your pet at this time. The resulting file needs to be a .jpg, .gif or .png.

yourfontsupload4. Upload the image by clicking on the button on the web page.

Give the font a name, and complete the copyright information as you wish. Hit Upload.

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Depending on the server load it might take a little while for YorFonts to create a digital signature. Progress will be shown on-screen as the template is uploaded and then the font generated.

5. Take a look at the result on-screen, and see if it resembles your handwriting. The only real problem we had was that the “Ëśp’ on Sophie’s signature wandered too close to the bottom of the box, and was accordingly chopped short.

If you have some issues, backtrack and if necessary reprint the template and work your way through it again. Don’t scan it upside down!

6. That’s the end of the complicated part. Click the download button to save the font to your computer, and copy it to the font folder, which is generally c:\windows\fonts, at least on a Windows machine.

Fire up your word processor, or something that uses/displays fonts, and ensure that it works correctly.

That’s the first part finished. Now to use the new font for an image”¦

irfanviewlogoI’m using Irfanview for this, but any application that allows you to place text in an image should do the trick. I guess it’s only fair that I use Sophie’s images for the demo.

It’s fairly obvious that you can use this process for more than just signatures on images. You can add titles, or descriptions, notes. Whatever.

First, find and open the image you want to decorate.

Use your mouse to draw a frame in the image where you want the text to appear.

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Choose Edit ““ Insert text into selection from the menu, or press Ctrl+t, and add/edit the text to be inserted.

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Click on Choose Font, and select the font you installed, along with appropriate size, style and colour for the image.

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Click OK to add the text to the image. Be prepared to undo and redo this a few times until you have what you want. Remember to resave the image, probably with a different file name, just in case.

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That’s it. Oh, except for a bonus treat. Because Irfanview is able to batch process these changes, as I described in my borders article, you can add signatures to a whole directory of images at the same time, on the proviso that you want them to be in the same position and colour. Also, if you have renamed the files, you can use the same process to automatically put titles of all the images in the images, picking them up automatically from the file names.

So, is that useful? Do you have a handwriting font? Are you aware of any easier way to add a signature to digital photos using your handwriting? Can you think of anything else to use it for? What software would you use to achieve this?

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Karl L. Gechlik

I absolutely love this! I wrote about it here:

asktheadmin.com/2009/02/have-you-ever-wanted-to-create-your-own-font-from-your-handwriting.html

and I uploaded my font for everyone to try out!

I would have LOVED this even more 5 years ago!! Great article Jim.

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Windows Guy

Awesome guide mate. Many thanks.

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lori

This is genius! Whatever will they think of next? Thanks for sharing.

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Jim

Nice font, Karl. :-) I chickened out of uploading mine.

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Chris

Ha! I did this last week. Me and my friend made a font and his is called ‘Times New Fellman’

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Katie

Great find, Jim!!

FYI: Downloading for Mac users is a little bit different…

1. Download font as a .ttf file.
2. Double-click .ttf file (it will be located in the Downloads folder or on the Desktop, depending on how your system is set up).
3. A preview window of the font will open. Click INSTALL FONT and the font will automatically open in Font Book. From here you can copy or move it to different collections if you like. Once the font is installed you should be able to use it in any application that will use a True Type font.

Jim

Thanks Katie. Glad to know this silliness can be spread further!

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Katie

Silliness has a way of doing that. :-)

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Sandy

Looks very cool. Although I don’t know if I want my on handwriting since it is pretty sloppy.

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Jim

Oh, but it will look good in small doses, Sandy. Give it a try!

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