Page 1-5 by [user]Carf[/user] Hi to all. This is a simple guide to help people with Gimp in creating signatures. This guide is not comprehensive and it will not show you how to make brilliant signatures, it will hopefully provide you the tools to do so. This is obviously very image heavy. So it might take some time to load. That is why spoilers have been put there. Forum rules: No obscenity, max size 700x120 pixels Starting off: The first rule to good signature making is a theme. When people request signatures they are required to say what they want. Many people pick a favourite character from a game or a film, while others ask for something to do with grepolis. Here are a few examples of signatures I have made using GIMP, the styles are completely different for each person I make a signature for. Every signature maker has a different style which appeal to different people. Your style will be your own and this is a good reason to make your own sig. Other signatures I have Made For this tutorial you will need to download GIMP It is multiplatform and I am on a mac so some screenshots may be different to your version but I will try and help if I can get to a PC. GIMP saves files as .xcf To upload to a image hosting website change to .png or .jpeg Drop Shadow: Spoiler This tool creates a new layer. It creates a shadow of a selected layer, you can change the position/colour/opacity and size. It is important to select the right layer. Here you can see a before and after shot of the drop shadow. You also see in the layers tab how the drop shadow created a new layer. If it had all been one layer then The drop shadow would be of the whole picture which is not a good effect The original image. This is how to get to drop shadow on a mac, it should be similar on linux or windows. Drop shadow toolbar. Offset y and x to create depth. Colour is generally black but experiment with it. Opacity is how much it shows basically. I just picked a random value here. With drop shadow new layer created Fonts: Spoiler Having a good selection of fonts is useful but not essential, if you are going to make signatures for people they may want a particular style of font. To find fonts for GIMP just google them or use this site. www.dafont.com Be careful not to mix your fonts to much, it can make it look messy. The most I will use on one sig is 2, but it is up to you. You might need to install the fonts. I will try and find out how to do this on a PC and Linux if people request it, it may be the same. On a mac you will need to follow these pictures. You will have to select the directory etc and then probably restart GIMP. Therefore it is a good idea to install them before you start a sig. Picking a font. You simply click the button highlighted below and a drop down menu will appear, alternatively you can type the name of the font into the box next to that.