Have you seen emails or websites where it looks like someone has signed their name at the end of the document? Here’s instructions on how to do that.
The really old-fashioned way—the scanner
- Get a white piece of paper and a thick black Sharpie. Sign your name. The black on white is good for contrast and makes further steps easier. The thick sharper is necessary, because you lose some of the ink’s width when you remove the background.
- Scan the image in at a high quality. You can always shrink the image later, but you can never increase the size of the image in a valid way.
- Remove the background and crop the image. Put the image in PhotoShop or GIMP some other photo editing program. Save the image as a PNG or GIF. The PNG and GIF formats allow transparent backgrounds. The JPG format does not allow a transparent background, and if you don’t give it a background, it will be white.
- Make a resized copy of the image that is smaller and an appropriate size.
The marginally old-fashioned way—the drawing pad
Okay, this method probably won’t be useful to VAs. I’m the only one I know that has a drawing tablet. This piece of equipment is mostly used by graphic artists and artists. Anyway, with this method, you just hook up your drawing tablet, turn on your graphics program, and sign your name.
The modern way—a tablet
For this method, all you need is a smartphone or a tablet with a drawing program. Sign your name with your finger or use a stylus. Save the image.