We suppose that I put my signature on a piece of white paper with my first and last name on it. After I execute a scan of this signature in .pdf, or .png or .tiff, etc. (as file image).

What are the steps of a specific software to select only the signature, make the background transparent so that I can move it in a word document using only free tools on line without sign in or registration?

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    If you have access to Photoshop and a scan of the signature, this will give you good results and keep anti-aliasing intact: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/29545/18168
    – curious
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 16:47
  • @curious Is it possible to reopen, please, my question? Thank you very much.
    – Sebastiano
    Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 18:54
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    Do you want to know the steps of a specific online tool or are you looking for an online tool?
    – curious
    Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 20:31
  • @curious exact! Thank you to have understood my comment.
    – Sebastiano
    Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 20:33
  • @curious I hope it is possible.
    – Sebastiano
    Commented Aug 7, 2020 at 22:31

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Use GIMP. Open your file. If it's not RGB, change the mode to RGB (=Image > Mode > RGB).

Insert alpha channel, if it does not already exist. Goto Layer > Transparency. Option "Add alpha channel" is grayed, if there's already one.

Increase the contrast with Color > Curves so that paper is full white. Adjust the hue and saturation of the writing good after the paper is white. Do it with Colors > Hue-Saturation. Be sure you do not make the background grey.

You should have a single layer image:

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(the text here is random jumble scratched with the mouse, it's not readable writing in any language)

Then set the current foreground drawing color to white and apply Color > Color to alpha. White changes to transparency:

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Then export your image as PNG. It may be a good idea at first check it has the right print size and resolution (300dpi). For it goto Image > Print Size.


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