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    moving a scanned signature to a transparent background

    Hi,

    I've attached my signature, which I attach to electronic documents, but i've noticed that a) it prints out pixelated and b) it's on a white background which isn't exactly white.

    Is there a way in photoshop to extract the signature and put it on a transparent BG? Also, can it be made less pixelated when printing?

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    Hi there canadianjameson,

    I have done a transparent .png and a .gif.

    I am unable to do anything about the quality though.

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    Thanks coot!
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    Hi there canadianjameson,

    you might get better quality image if you used a broader nib when
    making your signature, there would then be more pixels to play with.

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    Hey Cooter,

    Thanks again for the signature - I will get around to signing with a broader nib and then I can try to get a higher-quality scan.

    Would you know of a good tutorial for how to do what you did? I'd like to do it myself next time - i seem to need that a lot =) Case in point, the attached bullet. I've been trying to do it manually for 30 minutes an I know that there's an easier way. The problem is that it has a dropshadow that I wish to maintain but I don't seem to be able to do it =\

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    Using multiply on a layer Is usually a quick fix solution - provided the background is a good white.

    Duplicating the layer and applying overlay often increases the heaviness of the stroke. Best practice would be to do your signature large and scan it in a high resolution. If you do it properly you can often find that it could be live traced very well.

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    Neat little add-on for Firefox called WiseStamp. Also, some free online Signature Makers you might like to experiment with:

    http://freeforumsigs.com/ffs/
    http://www.signaturegenerator.net/gmail.php
    http://www.mylivesignature.com/
    http://www.webestools.com/signatures...photoshop.html
    http://blueblots.com/design/online-signature-maker/
    http://www.forumsigmaker.com/

    I recommend making your signature using the vector format. If you do not have a graphics program that makes .svg files, Inkscape is free. Recommend that you set DPI much higher in case you wish to re-size at some future time.
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    Hi all,

    Thanks for the suggestions regarding my signature - I will definitely use them when I redo my signature.

    Would anyone be able to help me with the bullet issue though? That image I can't re-draw as I didn't draw it in the first place - I just need it to be with a transparent bg instead of the white one it has now =(
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