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How to make a signature tutorial

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Guts:
Hiya, It's Guts the Black Swordsman here! And because I'm such an awesome guy I'm going to be giving away free advice! And a complete guide about the steps needed to make an awesome looking signature. For starters the design overall is going to be quick by my standards. It really only took me about eight or so minutes to figure out the methods needed to recreate it for others. My more impressive and more detailed signatures can sometimes. take three hours to make

So, onto the second part then. The tutorial introduction. I know there's alot of aspiring signature makers here on AVP Galaxy.Net, some good and some not so good  :laugh:. So I'm going to make this as easy as possible for people to understand. I'll be using Photoshop CS 5.1. But i know some of you probably either can't afford that. So I'll try to make this guide universal as i can. The signature we're going to be making isn't hard, and doesn't require any special Photoshop plugins to achieve. All the signature needs is abit of time and some custom fonts and brushes. Seriously that's it.

For the signature that I'm going to be showing you how to make, I'm going to go for an Elven Princess look. And i think the things we're going to be using will go will with the overall signature. Now before we even begin, you'll need several stuff to be downloaded beforehand. Which is going to be part of the guide too! While it looks like there's alot of work in involved, Truth be told there's only four external things being used. Two downloaded brush sets, a picture and a downloaded font. The rest is just playing around with the settings. And that's key also, there's no point having 25 layers just to achieve an effect on the signature. Keep everything simple. On average you should have about five or so layers for a decent signature. And more for a more complex one.


So this is what we intend to make.(Bare in mind I'm not going be able to make an exact copy of it)



*Quick things to note before opening your program*

Brushes get installed into.
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5.1\Presets\Brushes

And Fonts get installed into.
C:\Windows\Fonts

Photoshop or the program you are using will need to be restarted in order for it to read the new downloaded brushes remember that.

Also remember depending on your computer and program used the directory may be different. But basically brushes go into the brushes folder and fonts goes into the windows/fonts folder  8)

For starters you'll need this before even starting this signature (Custom brushes are key here)
http://www.brushouse.com/abstract-brushes/download-light-dreamy-fantasy-brushes-for-photoshop

This Brush set also is needed (Or any Glitter style brush set)
http://www.obsidiandawn.com/glitter-photoshop-gimp-brushes

And this picture (Or different one of your choosing)
http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/2564/recordoflodosswar4781.jpg

And lastly this font is needed.
http://www.dafont.com/triforce.font

Step 1
Start a new document at the size of 600(Length) x 150(Height) Pixels (largest size allowed for AVP Galaxy) and pick a white background. (This will be your base) Then select a color like a peach brown/orange and paint it two different shades of the color, one dark and one bright using the soft paint brush Size(63 or higher works best).



After applying the colors in soft brush on the background, it should look like this. (Above)



Step 2

Now make a new layer on top of that brown one you've just made and color it in a nice pink color. Have the color somewhere between red and pink, but not too dark and not too bright either. After that make the layer Hard light. Then create another new layer again and make that one is set as hard light too!. Then on the new layer place some of the dreamy brush you downloaded. I used three of the big flower type one. Make sure its white though, else it won't look right.



If done correctly you should get something like this or similar.(See Above) Now make another layer above that and make it soft light. Then get a black solid soft type brush and paint that entire layer black. It should remove the brightness somewhat, without it ruining the signature. Then make a layer above the one you painted black. And add some glitter brush effects to it. How many and what kind is up to you.



Step 3
Something optional you could do which is simple to do (See Below). Is that you can apply an glow to the glitter and dreamy brushes. This will give the signature a nice smooth glow to it. Personal preference on how much glow to add is up to you.



After you've messed around with the glow(See Above). And if you have placed the Picture of the elf onto the signature (or any other picture if you don't want to use the one i suggested) erase out all the white from around the elf lady, or any background stuff if you used another image. so that you get the desired picture into the signature. How neat you make it is up to you, they are several tools for removing parts of pictures, i won't name any because they are always named differently in each program.

And finally with using the fantasy style Zelda font we downloaded. type in"Deedlit" or any word you wish and edit the text or layer and apply an glow to the text. (Make sure the font is on it's own layer though) Have it not too bright as we want to be able to read what it says after all! If the text is too bright. Just make a layer above the text and make it softlight and paint black around or over the text which should darkern the area making it more readable.

Now lastly merge all visible layers you have and apply any finishing touches that you desire. I'm going to add a lens flare on mine. And finally select the image using the tool what will make it so you have the white and black moving lines around the image(again not going to name it as different programs name tools differently) and select edit from the drop down bar and then select the stroke menu. Edit it as you wish to give your desired border and if you've followed me correctly. The finished result should look like this (See Below) or somthing similar.



So yes, i know different programs can yield different results. But the techniques i used should be doable on most photo editing software if not then you can often replicate it by some other means.

*Quick tibbets*

Always use custom brushes for the best results. Want lightning? download a lightning brush and apply a glow to it to give it a neat bolt effect.
Just do a Google search for brushes. Naruto Photoshop brushes, Hellsing Photoshop brushes, Lightning Photoshop brushes and so forth, They are 1000s of brushes online available to use.
Scan lines are classed a pattern. Do a Google search and install them to the Pattern folder (patterns install the same way brushes do)
Don't use the default effects to achieve other effects. I learned that the hard way.

Hope this helps. And feel free to ask questions too. I feel its about time that other less experienced people get the chance to learn from the more experienced people for a change. And if any of the other experienced signature makers have tips to share then please post and share them for others to use.

** Usefull Links and software**
http://www.paint.net/
Paint.Net was my first software i used for editing pictures. It's great easy to use and is a great start for beginners.

http://www.gimp.org/
Haven't used gimp much but it can do effects that Paint.net can't. My sister used this alot.

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopel/
Photoshop elements is like a dumbed down version of Photoshop CS. While it can't do alot of the more impressive CS stuff, its still a great flexible program.

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopextended.html
And then there's the mother of them all Which is Photoshop CS5.1 or any of the other versions. You can basically do anything, downside is that its expensive to buy.


*Websites that let you download custom brushes and other useful stuff*

http://www.brusheezy.com/
http://www.psbrushes.net/
http://www.brushking.eu/
http://www.deviantart.com/

Read and learn, knowledge is power. Hope this helps in giving a a basic insight on what is needed to make a signature. Feel free to comment and ask questions, i'm quite adapt at making signatures, and others on this forum are too. But please remember if you want a signature making use the request topic. This is mearly a guide and a place of advice on making signatures either if your a newbie at it or a advance user wanting to share advice for others.

BAD_ASS_MOFO:
thnx for this :)

Dowly:
Those who can't afford Photoshop but have used it and are familiar with how it works can use the browser based Pixlr Editor. It's surprisingly good, though I wouldn't start any big projects with it. :)

Guts:
Neat. Photoshop can be quite expensive actually.

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