Adding signature to photos

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by psychotropic, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. psychotropic macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know any free software to aid in adding a signature to a photo? A tutorial would also be helpful if anyone knows of such website or program it would be greatly appreciated!

    (Oh btw, I use a Mac)

    Psychotropic
     
  2. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    PS Elements, CS3, CS4, CS5, Graphic Converter (the poor man's PhotoShop):

    a. Scale the photo down to perhaps 700 pixels on the long side, and the short side will adjust accordingly

    b. Choose the font size you want to use (around 6), click on the Text Tool and place the I-Beam (or whatever it's called) on the area that you want to type the name, and type away

    c. Go to the File menu and choose something like "Save For Web" (JPEG) or similar action, and and then save the photo to the desktop or something

    When you save the photo for Web posting, the size will be reduced to perhaps 200-400 kb, but it will display around 7" x 5" on the screen. This image is also perfect for e-mailing since it takes a second or two to send, or to download.

    That's all there is to it.
     
  3. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Just my thought here. Lately, a lot of really great photos have been showing up with oversized watermarks planted in noticeable places. As far as I'm concerned, these spoil the photo if they are overdone. Keep it small, light and out of the main portion of the photo. There are several top photographers here who market their work on line and shoot on commission. They don't watermark their photos.

    Dale
     
  4. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    agreed about the watermarks.. the smaller the better, if its not there even better... i cannot remember what article it was that i read from a professional photographer that said that watermarks spoil. use Metadata and/or invisible watermarks...if you NEED to watermark it, make it in a conspicuous corner in a non interesting part of the photo.
    If someone wants to steal your photo, most likely it will take them a short time to remove the watermark anyway, especially with CS5 and the like...
     
  5. Renderz macrumors 6502

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    There are two reasons for watermarking. First is to identify yourself as the photographer so that you can build awareness of your skills and services. Secondly, is to protect your I.P. so other people will be discouraged to steal it. Yes, you are right that a semi skilled photoshop user can erase the watermark, but I doubt they would bother unless it was absolutely amazing.

    So the "smaller the better" statement does not apply to 90% of the images I post online. Since watermarking, my sales have increased dramatically.
     
  6. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    I agree about small watermarks on one's photos, placed out of the way. It's an excellent way to advertise one's name or business. Also, the photo can be stolen and the mark removed, but photos posted in most forums aren't of high resolution, just from 200kb to perhaps 400kb in size (700 x 500 pixels give and take a few more pixels). Yes, they can be used on the Web, but aren't good for a good quality print.
     

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