How To Smooth Rough Edges On a Signature In Photoshop

by Filonia LeChat

Electronic signatures, employed to show approval or security on digital documents such as letters and proposals, are created through a number of programs including graphics software and word processing programs. Using a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop is one way to refine the signature, removing any stray pixels, pen marks and other detractors. Perfect the rough edges around a signature in Photoshop for the smoothest John Hancock possible.

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Open Photoshop. Pull down the "File" menu. Click "Open." Browse to the signature image file and double-click the file name. The signature opens in the Photoshop workspace. Click the "View" menu and select "Fit on Screen" so the entire signature is visible.

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Click the "Magnify" tool at the bottom of the "Tools" palette. Zoom in on the first area of the signature to smooth, such as the jagged edges of a capital letter.

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Click the "Eraser" tool on the middle of the "Tools" palette. Click and drag the eraser along the edges of the signature to erase pixels or jags.

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Click the "Blur" tool, which looks like a raindrop or tear in the middle of the "Tools" palette. If you don't see this tool, right-click an image of a triangle or a pointing finger. From the fly-out menu, click the "Blur" tool.

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Hover the cursor over an area of the image to smooth. Press and hold down the left mouse button, then drag the cursor over the edge. The more times you run over the same area, the more it will smooth.

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Click the "File" menu and select "Save As." Type a new name for the signature file. Select a destination to save the image or leave the default as is. Click the "Save" button.

About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.