How to create a signature to insert into your statements
You can create as many signature files as you need and save them to your local hard drive. Be aware that the application allows you to fill the Signature drop down list with five files only.
To create a signature image:
- Have the signer write his or her signature on a piece of white paper. For best results, use a gel pen or a marker-type pen such as an Ultra Fine Sharpie.
- Scan the signature into a file. For best results, select a high-resolution setting (at least 300 dpi).
- Save the file on your computer as a .png, .bmp or .gif
- Open the image file in an image editing application.
There are a number of excellent image-editing applications available online that you can download for free. We recommend that you use an editor that allows you to make the background transparent. This can be done in MS PAINT, which is a free software included on any Windows computer. No paper is pure white so when scanned, the background may show up as a shade of gray rather than white. To avoid this problem, we recommend that you make the background transparent. In addition, an image on a transparent background also looks good on screen and on colored papers.Then, do the following:
- Crop out everything except the signature.
- Resize the file to these dimensions: 264 by 48 pixels.
- For the best-looking image, make the background transparent.
The white background is now removed, and a checked pattern appears in the transparent part of the image.
- Re-save the file on your computer as a .png, .bmp, or .gif.
- Note the location where you saved the file. You will need this information later when you add the signature image to your contribution statements or when you add the signature image to your pledge statements.