When I started seriously blogging over three years ago, I quickly understood the importance of how well-chosen images and graphics played in blog posts and on websites.
Soon after, I also noticed some bloggers included their name or signature at the end of their posts. I liked how it looked and how it graphically tied the entire post together.
About a year ago I got into the habit of including my “signature.” I began by using a free app called My Live Signature.
Recently, I wanted to use different seasonal themes with my signature, and rather than try to use an image, I found a simple way to create a custom signature using PicMonkey.
Editor’s Note: PicMonkey used to be free. I’ve had the first level premium account for over two years. For this tutorial, go to PicMonkey and open your free 7-day trial account to get an idea of their pricing plans. Just know that to save your work, you will have to purchase a premium plan.
When I published this post, I thought PicMonkey was free. If you already have the premium plan, then this article will still be helpful.
You can also read more about the overall benefits of having a paid plan in this article.
Then follow these simple directions for creating a seasonal signature. I recommend using these instructions on a laptop or computer.
How to Create a Signature Overlay for your Blog
Step 1. Open the program and hover the mouse over “design”. Select BLANK canvas.
Here you will see a selection of templates. I use the “rectangle ad large.” I recommend you select the transparent canvas feature or leave the white background. The transparent background looks like a white and grey grid.
NOTE: The tutorial images were taken as screen shots and cropped. I apologize for the slightly blurry quality, but it should still give you a good idea of what the menus look like.
Step 2. Select and you will see the canvas with choices on the sidebar. On the far left, select the Tt (text).
Type your name into the field. Here you can choose the size (I choose a large size), and select the color.
Here you can also change the angle of the text, by mousing over the text box circle at the top of the box.
Step 3. Now go back to the sidebar where you selected the text and click on the butterfly (orange arrow).
Below, the butterfly symbol is an icon (snowflake) at this publication and this is where you can choose themes for seasonal symbols.
Note that some choices come with a premium account, but the free version has lots of options.
Step 4. I selected “Frosty McSnow” (pink arrow) and clicked the mitten (red arrow above). Again, like the text option, you can change colors, resize, etc. It is very easy to move the individual graphics around on the template.
Using the arrows in the overlay pop-up window, I switched the angle of the mitten. If you want the image to be more transparent, you can use the fade feature.
Step 5. Choose save file (“export), or save to the *hub for future changes. Name your image file and save. *The hub may be a premium feature.
PicMonkey has great tutorials for creating graphics and customizing your images. You can simply click on the “Get Started” icon at the top right of the page.
Once you have created a couple of these for your blog, just add these to your blog’s media file and voila! You can use them again and again.
In the featured image at the top of the post, I created the tropical flower signature overlay for future use on posts related to my Hawaiian vacation. It made a nice graphic.
My advice to bloggers is if you have a little bit of $$ to spend on your blog, especially if you use your own images, spend it on some type of photo editing service. I am not affiliated with PM; feel free to make an informed decision with the 7-day free trial.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Feel free to ask any questions, I’m happy to help! And so I leave you with my Christmas signature.