About a month ago, I started adding my signature to my emails. It looks like this:
I have had so many people ask me how it’s done that I thought I’d let everyone in on the “secret.” I don’t know that it’s the best way, but here’s what I did:
- I signed my name on a white sheet of paper. (I actually did this for the inside pages of the ArtBizCoach.com site–like that in the upper left of the art marketing classes page.)
- I scanned it.
- I made it into a JPG image using Adobe Photoshop Elements (you can do this with any program). I’m sure I had to resize it to fit nicely with the rest of my signature block.
- I went into the signature file of my mail program (I use Apple Mail) and added it to the top. It really was that easy.
Of course, you can do the same thing with an image of your work, but keep it small!
A couple notes of caution:
1. For purposes of security and to prevent making it easy for identity thieves, do NOT use your official signature. I use my first name only, which I never use on official documents. I only use my initials in my official signature, which is quite uniquely my own style.
2. Not everyone will be able to see your signature. Many people have it set so they can read email in plain text only. For those people, your signature file will come as an attachment (it is a picture after all). For them, you need to make sure the rest of your signature block contains the necessary info. If someone sends me an email in plain text, I always delete my signature image before sending it back to them. It’s just a courtesy.