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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:52 am 
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OK. So i've noticed that a lot of people have HUGE signatures on the forum, and this sometimes makes browsing difficult for people, especially if they are using small screens, like ipods etc.

So i've devised a guide for you all, to help create well sized forum signatures!!!

Ry has said that he has set the maximum height of signature pictures to be 200 pixels. I will be working around this figure.


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Adobe Photoshop
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Stage 1:
Open up the image you want to use in PS.

Stage 2:
Select the 'Crop tool', as below



Stage 3: When cropping, you want to make the image at least 2 times longer than it is wide (16:8 is 2:1, which is near enough like a widescreen telly shape). Otherwise you'll have a weird shaped sig.



Stage 4: Mess about with all the pretty effects, until your happy.

Stage 5: Now that you've got the image you want to use, in the right shape, go to Image >> Image Size



Stage 6: Ry has set the forums so the maximum height for a sig image is 200 pixels. So in the 'height' text box, enter any number up to 200 pixels. If you have the constrain proportions box ticked, your image won't warp or go all skew-if.

Stage 7: Piss around on photoshop adding little effects until your happy. (Some mods you will want to do before resizing the image (stage 2), as working on a bigger canvas is way easier.)



Stage 8: Save the image by going to File >> Save As. Save the image as a JPEG by selecting it from the circled box.

Step 9: Admire your handywork.


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GIMP
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GIMP is a free alternative to Photoshop.
It can be found here:



Stage 1: Open up your image in GIMP.

Stage 2: As with photoshop, crop it up large. (Tool circled.)



Stage 3: Select the area you want for your sig. When cropping, you want to make the image at least 2 times longer than it is wide (16:8 is 2:1, which is near enough like a widescreen telly shape). Otherwise you'll have a weird shaped sig.



Stage 4: Hit enter to crop the area.

Stage 5: Have a mess about with the image, add effects and all that jazz until your happy with it.

Stage 6: Go to Image >> Scale Image to resize your image.



Stage 7: Scale your image down by entering any number up to 200 in the width box. Make sure the links (at the right side of the red circle below) are joined up, as this keeps the proportions of your picture, stopping it going all wonky.



Stage 8: Add any final touches, and save it out!



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Paint
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If your using Paint to make your sig, I'd say your crazy. Go and get GIMP - it's free!!
(See above)

If your adament about using Paint, here's a guide for you (made using Windows 7 paint, I believe Vista Paint is similar. XP paint looks a lot different):

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Stage 1: Open the image you want to make as your sig.

Stage 2: Zoom out from the image until you can see it all, then use the selection box tool (circled) to select the are you want to make your sig.



Stage 3: Once you've made the dotted rectangle area thing, click on the crop tool (circled below), then hit enter to crop the picture.



Stage 4: Hit 'Control' (Ctrl) and 'W' or go to 'resize' (below the crop tool) to open the resize window. (See image below)

Stage 5: Resize your image, so the height is a maximum of 200 pixels. Make sure 'Maintain aspect ratio' is ticked.



Stage 6: Add a bit of text and all that, then save as a Jpeg image.



(also a hint there of my next project possibly - Euro/Rat AX with a VTS lump, anyone? :D)


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Nice guide,I make mine in a similar way using paint.net(too tight for PS lol)

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Coolness Dude... I prefer .png for a transparent background. If I could really be bothered I would do a guide for iPhoto lol


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Pete - get yo' tight ass GIMP then! All the good shit from PS, but it's free!
[EDIT] Oh yeah, paint.net (didn't see the '.net' bit the first time round xD). Completely forgot about that. GIMP is a bit more versatile IMO, and more familiar for PS users. I guess most people kinda get the gist of it by now anyway!!

Architect - Very true. I chose JPG there for file size, I guessed that anyone computery enough to know about transparency would already know about PNG's :lol


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great thred mate. im going to sound like a tool but how do i post pics normally? im new to the whole forum thingy


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