Creating a blog signature is actually a lot easier than you think.
You see, I’m a dedicated Photoshop fanatic – I could spend hours playing around in there. Finding new fonts, creating beautiful blog graphics or just designing business cards.
Whatever it is, if it involves Photoshop, I’m there. And when blogging meets design, boy oh boy am I in heaven.
This leads me to the whole point of today’s post, blog signatures. Wanna learn how to create your own blog signature & add it to your posts? No worries gorgeous, I’ve got you covered.
But first, why do you even need a blog signature? What’s the point in having one, really?
Well, here’s a few simple reasons why having a blog signature at the end of your posts can be beneficial in many ways.
It adds character & personality.
By adding a gorgeous signature to the bottom of each blog post [which we’re going to learn how to do today], you’re showing a ‘lil personality.
Rather than just plain old text, an aesthetically pleasing blog signature makes your readers feel more relatable to you.
You’re building your brand.
The absolute best way to create a killer signature is to stick to your blog’s branding. So I’m talking colours you primarily use, fonts you swear by – the works. Keep your blog signature “on brand” and you’ll keep on strengthening your online presence.
They look freakin’ gorgeous.
This one is just plain & simple. A gorgeous blog signature is, well, gorgeous.
Plus, it’s nice to have a well-designed piece of text after reading 1000 words all written in one font, isn’t it?
Now let’s get creative!
Step 1: Create A New Photoshop Document
File > New
Shortcuts: Ctrl + N (Windows) or Command + N (Mac)
Depending on how big you want your signature to be, here’s where you’ll set the size. And remember, if you start bigger, you can always crop it smaller later on.
As for the background colour, keep this set to transparent. This way, no matter what colour your blog background is, your blog signature won’t end up with a nasty white box around it. Oh & I usually leave the resolution between 200-300 for signatures.
Step 2: Open The Type Tool & Get Typing
Select the type tool in the side bar
Shortcuts: Tap the letter T (Windows & Mac)
Using your brand’s colours & fonts, write out your name and anything else you want to include. Keeping to your blog’s branding will build consistency and not make your signature an eyesore.
If your primary fonts on your blog aren’t as “personal” as what you’d like, try playing around in Photoshop. You can download loads of free fonts from websites such as DaFont.com that look beautiful as blog signatures. Just be sure to check out the licensing as you don’t want to get caught out using fonts you’re not meant to!
Step 3: Crop Your Signature In Tight
Select the crop tool in the side bar
Shortcuts: Tap the letter C (Windows & Mac)
Try & get your blog signature cropped in as tight as you can, leaving minimal space around it. However, just be careful not to trim any edges of fonts or images you include.
Step 4: Save Your File & Name It Appropriately
File > Save As
Shortcuts: Ctrl + S (Windows) or Command + S (Mac)
Remember how you made our background transparent so that your blog signature would work on any colour background? Well, now you need to save your file so it does the same.
Save your file as a PNG file to ensure the background remains transparent & name it appropriately. What do I mean by appropriately? Well, something as simple as “Blog Signature for YourWebsite.com” will do the trick.
Step 5: Open WordPress & Your Media Library
Now it’s time to upload your signature to WordPress. Upload your blog signature file to your media library & add alt text.
Each time you manually add your blog signature to the end of your posts, you can use the search feature by simply searching “signature” and sure enough, it’ll pop up.
[Optional] Step 6: Add A Signature Plugin
If you’re not too keen on having to manually add your signature at the end of each post, or just love saving time – you could install a plugin to do it for you. A quick search in the WordPress plugin directory will bring up thousands of results. Look at the reviews & choose one that suits what you want.
Oh and one more thing! If you’re using a premium [paid] WordPress theme, check the “Customise” section for build in features. Often many of these themes have things like automatically adding blog signatures to post pre-installed.
Related Post: Photoshop 101: Creating A Watermark
Now it’s time for me to insert my… Signature! Hehe.
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