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Photoshop - Put a signature on an image

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I am very new to Photoshop.
How would I write a signature and then put it over another image with a clear
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Assuming you don't own a Graphic Tablet,

1) Write your signature on a white piece of paper with a solid black pen
2) Scan that into your computer at 300dpi
3) open that scan in Photoshop
4) using the Magic Wand tool (You might need to click and hold that icon to select it from the submenu)

Magic Wand5) Select the somewhere in the white with the Magic Wand (you might want to experiment with the "tolerance" up by the menu, in the middle),  then choose from the "Select" dropdown menu up top,  "Similar"  (now all white is selected)
6) Select from the "Select" dropdown "Inverse" (now all the black should be selected)
7) Press Control + J which will copy the selected from the layer and create a new layer on top with only the black signature (now the signature has no white on its layer, hide the original scan image to see this)

Now open whatever image you want to use as the background in Photoshop.    Once that's open, drag the layer from the background image project to your signature project.   After the background image is in the same project as the signature, if the background layer is listed above the signature in the layers panel, simply drag the background layer below the signature.

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This is another way to do it,
http://pshero.com/photoshop-tutorials/graphic-design/turn-your-signature-into-a-photoshop-custom-shape
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Thanks very much. I appreciate the time you have taken to answer in such detail.
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