I've been working with new techniques of making signatures lately and found that this one turned out cool too. I have applied different effects than my last tutorial, and the results are somehow better in a way and worse in other. The group of techniques applied are also less so it takes less time to make a signature. As you'll see, the highlights work out well in these ones, but in my opinion, you'll only get a 'decent' result if you apply a gradient, so don't expect too much coloring. So ye let's get making this! 1. Obviously you'll need to open your Photoshop program and create a new file so we can start working on it. Give it a good size for a signature, like 355x105. 2. You'll also need a render before we can start editing. Search in Render-World.com or Deviantart.com for a render that you like. In this tutorial, I'll be using this one: 3. Select your signature file. Then select the Gradient tool (right-click on the paint bucket tool and select it) and change the gradient to the Violet, Orange one. Use the gradient tool in your signature from the left part of it to the right. Now press CTRL + U and completely desaturate the layer where you applied the gradient tool (should be called Background). 4. Time to drag your render in! Open your render and drag it in until it covers the background completely. Then, merge all the render layers by selecting them and right-clicking on any and selecting Merge Layers. After doing this, select the merged layer and go to Filter -> Blur -> Motion blur and apply a blur using these settings: Angle - 45Âº Distance - 50 Finally, go to Filter -> Sharpen -> Sharpen. Press CTRL + F to sharpen once again and change the layer blending mode to Overlay. 5. Now duplicate the blurred layer and set the blending mode to Screen. Press CTRL + U and desaturate it completely. 6. You'll need to drag the initial render to the signature once again. Once again, duplicate it at least once and spread it over the signature, but so it doesn't cover the whole background this time! Merge the duplicated layers and set the blending mode to Screen and reduce the opacity to 40%-65%. 7. It's time to drag the 'main' render into the signature. Pick up your initial render and drag it once again to the signature. Place it on the middle. Create a new layer and place it below the 'main' render, then, pick up your 200px Soft Round Brush and brush white just behind the 'main' render, so it creates some kind of an highlight effect. Now create another layer and put in on top of all the others ones. Change your brushing color to black and brush black in the lower right and left corners of the layer. Then, change to color to white again and brush the lower part of the signature white, like I did below: 8. It's time to create a new layer on top of all the others. After doing that, go to Edit -> Apply Image. Make sure Multiply is as blend mode before clicking OK. Now go to Filter -> Stylize -> Extrude and leave the default settings. Click OK. You'll now need to erase the filter effect that's in front of the main render. After doing that, change the layer blend mode to Lighten. Create another layer on top and go to Apply Image on Edit and click OK. Now go to Filter -> Sharpen -> Sharpen. Finally, create a new layer on top again and click once again Edit -> Apply Image and OK. This time, just click CTRL + U and desaturate the image completely. 9. Adjustment layers time ^^ As you already know, these are placed always on top of all the other ones. Let's start by adding a Gradient Map. Click the New Adjustment Layer button and select Gradient Map. Select the Violet, Orange gradient and click OK. Change this layer blending mode to Screen. Add another Gradient Map, but this time choose the Black, White one. Set the blending mode to Multiply and put the opacity to 75%. Now it's time to add a Gradient. Click the button to add an adjustment layer and click Gradient. Now it's up to you to play with the gradient type and the style of this gradient. In this signature, I changed the gradient to Chrome and made its style Reflected, so it makes a sweet border/contrast effect. After editing the gradient like you want, change the layer blend mode to Soft Light and reduce the opacity to 80%-90%. Here's my outcome: Now it's your last step! Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and play with the contrast/brightness until you get something of your desire. VoilÃ¡! It's over. Here are some examples of signatures I made with these techniques. These already have text and border. Sorry for using similar color schemes and only Final Fantasy, but it's just, Final Fantasy pwns sigs 8) Credits: DeviantArt people for providing me with some of knowledge applied and Render-World.com for being such a great render site!