Using Apply Image for Signatures and Black and White Illustrations

Here's an easy way to convert a black and white signature scan or illustration into a layer masked graphic which you can then recolor and use on any background. The trick is that the image is its own mask.

  1. Open your image in Photoshop. Apply Sharpening and Curves if needed.

  2. Add a new Layer Mask. With the layer mask selected, select Image > Apply Image. In the dialog box, use these options: Source: (your file name), Layer: Merged, Channel: Gray with Invert checked, Blending: Normal with 100% Opacity and click OK.

Signature is Joan of Arc's from wikipedia commons

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