How can I make my signature?
When you're talking to someone over email, it's easy enough to type out "Sincerely," sign off and send—but what about when you need to hand-sign something like an application form, or write up a letter yourself?
If you've never had to face this problem before, don't worry! It isn't hard to create a custom digital signature that will look good in any situation. Here's how to get started with creating your own electronic signature using Canva.
Signatures come in many forms, but they generally fall into one of three categories: printed (a pen does the writing), cursive (handwriting) and symbolic (symbols). The most common kind is probably printed, though there are some great options if you want to go more traditional. If you have very little experience working digitally at all, we recommend starting with the last option first because it'll save you time later.
In general, however, we think everyone should start with either a printed or cursive signature. They both take less practice than symbols, and once you feel comfortable signing things without looking at them, you can move onto other projects. We also suggest trying out different ways of making your signature until you find something you love. Some people prefer to print their names while others choose cursive or symbolic signs instead. You may even decide to combine multiple types of signatures depending on your needs.
So now let’s talk about where to begin. With so many templates available, the best place to start is with choosing which sort of signature works best for you. For example, here’s our favorite way to add a simple printed signature to a document:
Select “Insert - Document Signature” from the top menu bar. This opens the template editor, where you’ll see several premade signature templates already selected. Scroll down through these until you find one you like, then select it and hit apply. Now, whenever you click on the field labeled "Signature", your new signature will appear automatically.
This method lets you customize each part of your signature separately, so you can adjust font size, color, spacing between letters, line height, etc., as needed. Just remember not to delete the default text underneath the field. That’s actually useful information — just change its style to match yours.
We chose this template because it has everything you could possibly need, including initials, date of birth, title and phone number fields. Another benefit is that you can edit each section individually, meaning you can replace the name with another person’s name if you aren’t ready to commit to adding theirs yet.
You can download this same template, along with dozens of additional ones, right here. Feel free to copy and paste parts of it into your own account settings page to quickly fill out forms and applications.
The next step is deciding whether you want to include extra details such as your address or birthday. Whether you opt to keep those sections blank or leave them filled in depends on your preferences. If you only plan to use your signature occasionally, you might skip them entirely. But if you tend to use it often, consider filling them out carefully.
Even better, try searching for templates specifically designed for certain situations. A quick search reveals plenty of examples of medical prescriptions, legal contracts, business cards, invitations, thank you notes, receipts, résumés, wedding stationary, school assignments, and much more. Many of these templates allow you to easily remove whatever unnecessary elements exist, leaving only the essentials.
Below, we show how to finish off a basic printed signature you created earlier. First, open the template again and scroll back up past the initial fields. There’s a dropdown box titled Template Fields, which contains several empty boxes you can fill in yourself. Select the two bottommost boxes under that header, then rename them Full Name & Phone Number. Set Full Name to First Initial and Phone Number to Phone Number. Hit Apply, and you’re done.
Next, head back to the main editing window. Under Template Settings, uncheck Show Preview Boxes. Then, set Preview Mode to Always Hide so you won't accidentally double-click and mess anything up. Finally, increase the Size of Your Signatures value under Font Size Settings. Smaller fonts work well, but larger ones are easier to read. Try out various sizes until you find a balance you like.
Now, every time you click on "Signature", you’ll see your updated signature pop up beneath it. Clicking anywhere else within the document body will activate the preview mode again. When you’re satisfied with the results, you can close the editing tab and continue on elsewhere.
With cursive signatures, the process is slightly simpler since you usually only have to deal with one signature per file. Below, we demonstrate how to turn a few lines of existing handwriting into a full signature. To begin, draw the desired shape below. In this case, we made a rectangle. Next, click Edit Text Layer 1 to bring up the Type tool. Change its font to something large and clear. Make sure the Color Palette matches what you wrote previously, and check Fill Opacity.
Once everything looks nice, highlight the entire thing by pressing Ctrl + A. Afterward, press Delete Beneath Type. Now you’ve got a clean canvas to play around with. Use the Pen Tool to draw straight horizontal and vertical lines wherever you wish. You can erase individual parts by highlighting them and hitting Delete. Repeat this procedure with whichever pieces of text you would like to incorporate into your signature. Once you’re finished, you can copy the whole thing to Photoshop, Illustrator or another program and tweak it further.
To personalize a symbolic signature, you must first figure out exactly what you mean by it. Symbols typically stand alone, but sometimes they serve as initials or abbreviations. Since there are literally hundreds of possible choices, we recommend browsing Google Images to help guide you. Search for images containing characters you'd like to represent with a particular icon. Or, search for icons representing words.
For instance, if you wanted to signify "sincerely" with a heart, you might search for hearts, hearts and arrows, smiley faces, stars, balloons, flowers, sunflowers, etc. These images are frequently used to decorate Christmas trees, too!
Here, we took the word "heart" and searched for "love." From the resulting image, we copied the icon and inserted it in the appropriate spot. Doing this makes it relatively straightforward to update your signature whenever necessary. Of course, you can always manually switch it out for a completely fresh image.
Finally, if you ever run into trouble, Canva includes support guides for nearly every imaginable project. Simply visit the Help Center and click Guides at the left sidebar. Choose the correct platform for your issue, and it will walk you through fixing it.
Can my signature be a symbol?
Symbolic signatures are definitely the hardest to master, but they're worth learning eventually. Even after years of practice, they still present challenges, especially if you attempt to put too many shapes together.
But don't give up hope! As long as you stick to symbols that resemble actual objects in real life, you shouldn't encounter too many problems. For example, if you were hoping to design a signature based on a tree branch, you'd likely end up wasting hours tweaking the placement of leaves and twigs.
Instead, focus on objects found in nature. Stick to silhouettes, geometric designs, plants, animals, fruits, vegetables, musical instruments, buildings, vehicles, flags, religious figures, etc. Anything goes as long as it doesn't contain too many confusing curves.
A good rule of thumb is to avoid combining more than five items altogether. Otherwise, the symbol ends up looking jagged or messy. Also, try to stay away from repeating colors unless absolutely necessary. You don’t necessarily have to follow these guidelines strictly, but they should provide guidance throughout your journey towards becoming proficient at designing signatures.
What are the rules for signatures?
There are no strict rules regarding what constitutes a valid signature, although there are certainly guidelines you should adhere to. One important point is to always ensure your signature appears above the dotted line separating the subject and object sections.
While you can technically omit this area if you really want to, doing so means anyone receiving your signed document may not know who sent it to them. It's therefore crucial to maintain consistency.
Another piece of advice concerns capitalization. Unless you specifically want to capitalize specific terms, please refrain from capitalizing titles or phrases inside sentences. Most people agree that sentence caps should remain lowercase, except for proper nouns (e.g. My Name Is Jane Doe) and brand names (e.g. Microsoft Word).
Lastly, watch out for spaces. When printing your signature, you should leave room for the recipient to insert his/her comments alongside your signature. However, it's acceptable to eliminate spaces surrounding punctuation marks, periods and commas. Don't forget to pay attention to paragraph breaks, too. While you can space paragraphs apart in normal prose, this isn't true for signatures. So, be mindful of that distinction.
How do I make my signature unique?
Have trouble remembering to sign emails, letters and other important documents with your real name these days? You're not alone! The majority of people in the United States have lost their ability to write out an "authentic" signature -- one that looks like it was written by hand. These signatures are becoming increasingly rare as we rely more and more heavily on technology for everything from communicating to getting work done. But don't worry — there's still hope! Here are some easy ways to get back into signing things yourself.
First off, let's talk about why handwriting is so hard to remember anymore. As humans, our brains evolved over thousands of years to recognize patterns and connections between different symbols (or characters) through repetition. We've gotten much better at this thanks to computers which require us to type every single letter. If we only used 20% of our brain power when writing, how could we possibly keep up if we were always doing it manually? Well, here are three ideas to help you regain those skills.
How can I make my signature handwritten free?
1. Start small. One way to get back into creating authentic signatures is to start by practicing basic penmanship techniques using something simple such as paper cutouts. Practice signing your name several times while standing next to a mirror until you feel comfortable enough to hold your signature confidently without looking away from the page. Then move onto larger pieces of paper. After you know you can hold your signature correctly, try adding flourishes and little details to each character until you find what works best for you. For example, many professional writers will practice by starting with big loopy loops before moving on to smaller cursive curls. It takes time, but just stick with it! There are also plenty of great resources available online for learning how to draw various kinds of signatures.
2. Signing digitally has its perks too. While it may be harder to learn how to properly form your signature, there are certainly benefits to signing digitally. Most importantly, it allows you to save space and avoid having to carry around multiple pens. However, if you want to go old school, you'll need to purchase special ink pads designed specifically for computer screens. Even though they look expensive, most printers should already come with them pre-installed. Another advantage of digital signatures is that you can easily reuse them over and over again. Instead of worrying about losing your original signature, you can download new ones directly from websites and print them whenever you wish.
3. Get creative! When trying to figure out how to make your signature unique, think outside the box. Try incorporating elements of your style into your signature. Maybe you love art and would prefer something colorful instead of boring black text. Or maybe you're obsessed with Harry Potter and would rather add magical creatures than regular words. Don't forget to include any stylistic initials you might have. This personal touch will allow others to identify who wrote their correspondence.
Now that you have some inspiration, it’s time to put it into action. Find out how below.
How do I give myself a signature?
If you haven't yet created a signature for yourself, now's the perfect opportunity to do so! First, decide where you'd like to store your signature information. Some users choose to place their signatures right alongside their names in Gmail. Others opt to use a separate tab within their browser called “Signatures." Still others take advantage of services like Evernote or Microsoft Office 365 that integrate signature creation natively into their software. Whatever platform you select, you’ll probably want to set up a few rules first. Once you’ve decided where you want to store your signature, follow these steps:
Open up a blank document, spreadsheet, or presentation file. Make sure you’re signed into whichever account you intend to use.
Type your desired signature once you click inside the editing field. Remember, the general rule for proper grammar applies here. Use clear sentences and short paragraphs to ensure legibility. Also, consider capitalizing certain key phrases (e.g., “Sincerely") to improve readability.
Click File & Save Signature As... to save your signature as either a.PNG or.JPEG image file. Name your file whatever makes sense for you.
When saving your signature, make sure you pick a quality setting higher than 72 dpi. A high resolution will prevent blurry images later down the line.
You can then upload your signature to wherever you chose earlier. Just drag and drop your file to the appropriate location.
Once uploaded, open your chosen program. Right-click on your signature and select Properties. Select the Advanced tab, scroll down to Customization Options, and under Application Settings enter your preferred URL. Click OK. Repeat this process for every application you plan to use.
Here are some additional tips to making sure your signature appears exactly how you intended:
Make sure you’re logged into the same account throughout. Otherwise, your signature won’t appear properly.
Check to see if your font supports ligatures. Ligatures combine two different fonts together to reduce spacing and increase aesthetic appeal. Many modern browsers support this feature.
Save often. Be patient because even after you press save numerous times, your changes aren’t automatically applied.
Use consistent formatting. Apply the same colors, size, format, and spacing consistently across platforms.
For instance, if you use red italics everywhere, Google Docs will apply the correct color based on the surrounding background. Changing this now could cause problems further down the road.
Remember, when uploading your signature to another service, you must paste it in a similar manner as above. Otherwise, the recipient might receive an error message saying your signature isn’t valid.
Another option to quickly generate a signature is to use sites like Canva or Imgur that provide templates for social media profiles, presentations, website headers, etc. Simply copy and paste the code, change the colors to match your branding, and voilà — instant custom signature.
Can I create my own digital signature?
Creating a digital signature doesn’t necessarily mean you need to become a programmer. In fact, it’s easier than ever to simply design one yourself. Digital signatures usually consist of two parts: private keys and public keys. Private keys contain sensitive information such as passwords and PIN numbers. Public keys act as links to access said data. Although anyone can view public keys, they cannot decrypt the attached files due to lack of password protection. Think of private keys like keeping your house locked at night, whereas public keys function like your front door.
To protect your privacy, you should never share your private key openly. To create your own digital signature, head over to OpenKeychain. Enter your full legal name, date of birth, address, phone number, and email address. Choose whether you want to attach a photo (if applicable), enter your driver’s license info, and fill out other optional fields. Finally, click Generate Keys. Now, whenever someone sends you a secure link via email, you can log in securely. Alternatively, you can scan a QR code or enter your information manually to instantly verify your identity.
While OpenKeyChain provides a convenient method for generating your own digital signature, it’s worth mentioning that there are tons of alternative tools to pick from. Check out SecurityKeys, Authenticator Apps, and Trustify. They offer slightly varying features depending on your needs.
How do I create a handwritten email signature?
Handwriting has been disappearing steadily since the advent of smartphones. Luckily, there are still lots of reasons to enjoy sending messages via snail mail. Email is no exception. Whether you use Gmail or Outlook, it’s possible to seamlessly incorporate handwritten signatures into your outgoing messages. Before composing anything, check out these helpful guides from Mailchimp and Constant Contact.
As mentioned previously, digital signatures are usually composed of two parts: private keys and public keys. Your private key contains sensitive information such as passwords and PIN codes. By default, both Windows and Mac OS X encrypt your user accounts with a random 24-character alphanumeric string known as a strong passphrase. Whenever prompted, input your passphrase to unlock your desktop. Keep in mind that your passphrase can differ from device to device. Unlike your private key, you’re not required to memorize your public key. All recipients need to do is visit your profile on the web, select View Profile, and click Verify My Identity. From there, you can grant permission for others to send you secure messages.
If you run into difficulties, many companies sell premade digital signatures. Head over to VeriSign, Symantec, or BrainTrust Global Privacy Solutions.
Hopefully, you found at least one solution useful! Handwritten signatures may soon disappear entirely unless businesses commit to helping customers retain their traditional forms. Until then, embrace these technological advancements and continue being productive.
With the advent of digital communication, it's hard to imagine anyone not wanting their name signed at the end of something they send out -- whether that be an email, letter, tweet, Facebook post, etc. But how exactly does one go about making such a thing happen? It turns out there are several ways for you to create and personalize your very own signature.
If you're in need of some assistance getting started, here's what we advise.
How can I make my signature prettier?
The first step is deciding which kind of signature you want to have created (i.e., written or drawn), then choosing how big you'd like it to appear when you sign. If you don't know where to start, try taking a photo with yourself holding up a piece of paper showing both your hands so that your fingers aren't obscuring any part of whatever you've put down below them. Once this picture has been taken, you'll probably get more accurate measurements of how large you want your signature to be. Some people opt for smaller letters while others prefer larger ones. And if you're feeling particularly creative, why not consider changing the font as well?
Once you've determined the size and style of signature you desire, take another photo or two from different angles. This will help you decide where to place the finished product so that its appearance doesn't detract from anything else that might accompany it. For instance, if you're sending out a newsletter via email, having your signature land right next to someone else's may be undesirable. In these cases, placing your signature off-center or even across the top of the page could work wonders. The final decision always depends on who the recipient of your message happens to be.
In addition to photos, you should also give thought to how many other attachments you'll be including alongside the signature itself. Keep in mind that some emails won't support images, so ensure that yours isn't among those excluded categories before going ahead with your plans. Also, remember that most webpages allow for only certain file types, so your image needs to conform to what Internet users' browsers accept. Finally, if you plan to attach an actual physical document rather than just a photograph or video clip, keep in mind that some printers may reject files containing graphics unless they meet specific specifications.
So now that you've got everything squared away, let's move onto the fun stuff!
How can I make my signature look fancy?
As mentioned earlier, the options available to you depend greatly upon which type of signature you ultimately choose. A simple typed signature is likely to come out looking much less formal than a hand-drawn version would. On the flip side, though, handwritten signatures tend to convey greater emotion, so they often prove better suited for situations where professionalism is key but personal touch isn't necessarily required.
One way around these obstacles is to simply combine multiple styles into one design. You could add a bit of flair to your signature by using calligraphy fonts, incorporating cursive writing, or adding flourishes or seals. Another option is to draw or sketch your initials in a stylized fashion. To pull this off effectively, think carefully about where each individual symbol ends up landing within the overall composition. Don't forget to pay attention to things like spacing between characters and lines, alignment, contrast levels, and proper shading.
Here are three additional tips to bear in mind when creating your own signature: First, never fill absolutely every space on a sheet of paper. Second, avoid being too literal. That means no superimposed text over drawings or pictures, please. Third, if you find yourself dissatisfied with the results after trying out multiple variations, it's time to turn back towards the computer screen. There's nothing wrong with doing this manually, but for quick fixes, Photoshop can definitely assist you in achieving cleaner looks. As long as you keep the aforementioned principles in mind, you shouldn't have trouble producing a signature worthy of whoever receives the attached item.
Now that you know how to make your signature pretty, let’s figure out how to actually write an impressive signature.
How do you improve your own signature?
When you begin exploring ideas for improving your signature, it helps to understand the basic elements that comprise a good one. These include legibility, readability, authenticity, and uniqueness. Let's explore each of these components individually.
Legibility refers to how easy it is to decipher a given signature. Generally speaking, longer names require fewer words per character compared to short forms. However, shorter signatures are usually easier to read due to their compact nature. Additionally, the choice of font used is crucial because it affects both how quickly readers absorb information and how accurately they can interpret it. Choosing a font that works best for you personally can really boost your chances of maximizing legibility.
Readability is basically how readable your signature is to everyone involved. While lengthy signatures may seem nice to have, they can cause problems later on since important details become harder to spot as pages continue passing through various devices. When signing important documents, you want to be sure that everybody understands precisely what you mean without needing separate explanations. Therefore, your goal should be to strike a balance between length and brevity. Just be mindful of the fact that sometimes less is indeed more.
Authenticity is the degree to which your signature appears to be authentic based on its content. One way to achieve this is to use unique formatting techniques that signify originality. For example, many artists incorporate signatures that show their real birth dates instead of fictitious "numbers" indicating age. Others opt to vary capitalization throughout their letters to prevent impersonation attempts. Still others utilize symbols to differentiate themselves from copycats. Be warned, however -- although effective, these methods are prone to censorship. So be careful to stay true to yourself and refrain from crossing the line.
Uniqueness is related to authenticity in that it relates specifically to your handwriting style. Most individuals develop their own distinct penmanship patterns during early childhood. Unfortunately, our handwriting tends to change according to external factors such as stress level, fatigue, illness, and mood. By altering your normal script slightly, you can enhance the impression that your signature provides. For starters, you may try practicing your signature until it feels natural. Then, feel free to experiment with new approaches. Remember, authenticity is paramount and you should strive to maintain consistency in order to convince recipients that you're truly who you claim to be.
We hope this article helped clear up any confusion surrounding designing a great signature. Now that you know how to write an impressive signature, you're ready to learn how to easily create one of your own.
To digitally recreate your signature, you can either download templates designed especially for this purpose or upload your own artwork and employ software programs that allow users to manipulate shapes and colors. We recommend starting with Google Drive or Microsoft Word to see how it goes before moving forward. Using Adobe Illustrator is ideal for those interested in graphic arts while Paint lets beginners paint directly onto documents.
For those whose primary aim is to create signatures via pen and ink, a few useful tools include PaperPencil [No Longer Available], SignEasy Signature Creator, and InkPad Pro. Allowing you to access hundreds of designs and personalized backgrounds, these apps offer a variety of features such as customizable background color, brush strokes, editable texts, multiple layers, and special effects. Many of them also provide compatibility with popular social networks like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
While these websites, apps, and services certainly represent viable solutions to designing a custom signature, they generally lack versatility. After all, there are countless variables associated with handwriting, and many aspects must be considered in order to create something that comes close to resembling human creativity. Plus, they typically force you to jump through hoops to use them. What if you want to customize your signature and/or adjust your settings for future events? Are you satisfied with the result once it's complete? Will it look similar to the versions offered elsewhere? Can you share it straightaway? How convenient is it to use? Those questions aside, many people still opt to pursue traditional paths when seeking customized signatures. Whether you choose to do so remains entirely up to you.