Transparent Image of Ink Signature

What are the steps for turning a colored ink signature into a digital file with a transparent background? This is needed periodically when I need to put my signature on something to turn into a PDF and can't get to a fax machine.  Assistance is greatly appreciated.
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NrisimhaCommented:

I will show you the process in Microsoft Photo Editor.

First I will open image file signatures.png:

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Then I will click on the "Icon for setting transparency" and click on the WHITE area on the image:
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After that an small window is appeared and it will offer to set a quality of transparency:

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I will just click on OK button and will get the image that is transparent.
In all graphic programs such transparent area is shown with a white-gray boxes:

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And I will save this image file as a new file.

regards

Nrisimha


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NrisimhaCommented:

First you have to scan with a scanner your signature that is written on the paper.
After that your scanner will offer a graphic format file that you can save this.
It is a ussualy PNG or GIF format, because these 2 formats support transparency.

So, the next step is editing this image file in an graphic editor such as Adobe Photoshop and make area transparent and you will see only your full signature.
Then this program can save this image as transparent PNG, because this format supports high quality image and over 16 000 000 of colors.

Then you can open your PDF file in an PDF editor ( not a PDF viewer ) and insert this picture into your PDF document.

So, that is all.


regards

Nrisimha
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rtod2Author Commented:
It is the edit steps I was after.
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NrisimhaCommented:


Sorry, but can you explain that?
I didn't understand your sentence.

Nrisimha
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rtod2Author Commented:
What are the steps for editing the .png file so that a transparent image of the signature can be obtained?
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rtod2Author Commented:
Exceptional, Thank you
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rtod2Author Commented:
Not seeing that program in Windows 7.  Something similar but not like the one you described.  Please advise if possible?
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NrisimhaCommented:



This is a Microsoft program that came with a MS Office until version MS OFFice 2003.

I have uploaded this program so you can download this and only extract from ZIP file into an empty folder.
You will see a file PHOTOED.EXE. It is a Microsoft Photo Editor. Click on that file and the program will be opened.

Here is a download link:

http://www.zumodrive.com/share/ffTxYWU3Mj

thank you

Nrisimha
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rtod2Author Commented:
Hmm,

I'd rather not use something that I can't at least reach from any computer.  What would the steps be using something like pixlr.com ?
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rtod2Author Commented:
Got it!

Using pixlr.com
1. Unlock the layer by double clicking the lock shown.
2. Select darken from the drop-down and set opacity at 100%.
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NrisimhaCommented:

2. Select darken from the drop-down and set opacity at 100%.

Would you be so kind and explain to me how do you select darken ( which tool ) and where you set opacity?

thanks

Nrisimha
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rtod2Author Commented:
Sure thing.

Here is a screenshot http://screencast.com/t/qzAL5Usa5AWA of the Layers section that appears right next to your imported image at www.pixlr.com.
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NrisimhaCommented:


Excellent, that I always want to have !!!

Thank you very, very much !!!

Now, the time for vector graphics come with new HTML 5.
So, if you will ever need a vector image online for SVG files then go to:

http://www.clker.com

Click on a Draw button and you will get open SVG vector image editor online:

http://www.clker.com/inc/svgedit/svg-editor.html?paramurl=/inc/clean.html?id=


good luck

Nrisimha
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NrisimhaCommented:


Or if you don't like to login in that web page use this:

http://svg-edit.googlecode.com/svn/branches/2.5.1/editor/svg-editor.html


good luck

Nrisimha
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rtod2Author Commented:
Thank you!
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