Tuesday, 18 March 2014

How To Add A Signature To Blog Posts

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Practically forever ago I wrote a tutorial on how to add a signature to your blog posts. I think that post is well overdue an update, so here is my new and improved guide to adding a personalized signature to your blog.

How To Create A Signature

I am going to share three cool ways to create your signature.

Option One: Use Your Own Handwriting

I thought I would put this option first since so many of my readers loved the idea of turning handwriting into a font. You can read my in depth post on turning handwriting into a font here, but I've also summarised the steps below.

Step One. Go to MyScriptFont.com and download the template.

Step Two. Scan the finished template to your computer and upload the image to the website.

Step Three. Download the generated font to your computer and create your signature in a paint/graphics programme such as Photoshop.

Step Four. Upload the finished image to your image host.

Option Two: Use PicMonkey

If you haven't tried PicMonkey before, it is an online graphics software which allows you to create images for free. I like this option for making signatures because you can also add fun elements like shapes.

Step One. Go to PicMonkey and hover your mouse over "Design" on the top menu. Choose a custom sized canvas and write the dimensions you want in the box. I recommend a size of approximately 200 pixels by 100 pixels.

Step Two. Select the Text tab from the left hand menu. Pick a font you like and click the "Add Text" button. After you have created your text you can change the colour, size and rotation.

Step Three. If you want, embellish your signature with an Overlay (click on the butterfly tab on the menu). In the image above, you can see that I added a heart shape over the dot of the 'i'.

Step Four. Save the finished image to your computer then upload to your image host.

Option Three: Use A Signature Generator

This is probably my least favourite option (the generator website is rammed with so many ads it is difficult to find the genuine links), but it is probably the easiest method if you aren't very tech savvy. It also has the best range of fonts. You can read a more detailed version of the method in my original post on adding a signature to blog posts.

Step one. Go to MyLiveSignature.com and follow the instructions. Enter your name, select your font, choose the size and then finally pick the background/font colour. You can also edit the signature so that it slopes upwards.

Step two. Download your finished signature to your computer by clicking on the link or using the 'right click' and 'save' method.

Step three. Upload the signature image to your image hosting website.

Adding Your Signature To Blog Posts

Since I don't use Wordpress, the following method can only be applied to Blogger.

Step one. Go to your Blogger dashboard and navigate to Settings/Posts and Comments.

Step two. Copy and paste the image URL into the box. It should look something like <img src="MyImageHost.com/MySignature.jpg">. If you use Blogger's standard image host (Picasa) you need to check the "image only" box and copy the web address from under "Embed Image".

Step three. Your new signature will show up on every post you create from now on (but won't automatically be added to posts you have already published).

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