Dan Posted March 25, 2006 Share Posted March 25, 2006 I started this thread to post tips I have for people wanting to make signatures, mostly beginners. I will update this thread often with new tips. And if you already have some experience in Photoshop, you still might learn something. Text Text is harder. Really, it's a matter of opinion, though there are some that you should almost never, ever use. Here's an example of one of those: (I made this thing don't worry :wink: ) Usually, big huge text doesn't cut it, unless you work magic like KC and find a way to still make it look good. Also, "cute" or "trying to be snazzy but it actually looks like crap" fonts aren't as good. Suprisingly enough, I like to use Arial (no, not KC, the standard, everybody-has-it font) and Times New Roman. You can also add some nice little "extras" to your text. Maybe you want a line connecting two things: or maybe a neat little vector diddy: But no matter how you do it, text should be blended and flow with the rest of the sig. Lighting Lighting is a key factor in good signatures. You can usually achieve decent lighting in two ways: Lens Flare (works best behind your render/C4D) Gradient (works best for full-signature lighting) You can also use Lighting Effects, but it doesn't work as well. Lens Flare 1.) Make a new layer, fill it with black, and set the blending mode to Lighten. 2.) Go to Filter>Render>Lens Flare. Select 105mm Prime. Estimate where it should go in relation to the render and hit OK. Gradient 1.) Make a new layer, fill it with black, and set the blending mode to Lighten. 2.) Select the gradient tool. You may need to right click on the Fill took to get it. 3.) Make the gradient fill (top of the window) white to transparent. Then drag a line from where you want the light to come from. 4.) You can play with the opacity and see what you get. Here are two examples of both: Flare: (^flare behind smudged white) Gradient: C4D C4D, which is what most graphic designers call stuff from Cinema 4D, is 3D, usually abstract pieces that work excellently in signatures and many other art. Here are some examples: http://server2.ihostphotos.com/pic.php?id=69910 http://server2.ihostphotos.com/pic.php?id=69912 And also some render packs from Deviant Art (usually very good) http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/24663588/ http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/24037361/ You can also visit www.deviantart.com and search for 'C4D Render Packs'. Many good ones should come up. **Please note that when using renders/C4D packs from Deviant Art, they must be found under "Resources". Otherwise, that is called ripping because you are taking something that somebody made without their permission. Here are some of my sigs where I used C4D. You have to blend it or it doesn't usually look good. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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