The purpose of this exercise is to convert a hand written note – such as your signature – to high quality digital files that can be used to embed “hand write” into documents – such as when someone asks you to fax them a “signed” copy of the PDF they emailed you. You’d be surprised how often that happens around here.
- A computer with The GIMP installed
- Your handy smart phone with a 5MP or better camera
- A good pen and paper.
So anyway, here’s the process from top to bottom, with pictures:
- Sit down at a proper table, and using a good black heavy-line pen(1) on a white clean high-density paper, write what you need to write – slowly and deliberately but without pauses. Try not to smear the ink so you get clean continuous lines, otherwise the quality suffers a lot.
- in this shot I used a 0.7 permanent marker – which is just overdoing it – probably any 0.7 pen will work [↩]