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

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?

Are there any online programs without registration that can do this?

Thank you all for a possible answer.

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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 – Emilie Aug 2 at 16:47
  • @Emilie Upvoted everythink into your link. Thank you very much. – Sebastiano Aug 2 at 18:40
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    It's a bit of a complex process but it's been a life-saver of mine for years :) – Emilie Aug 2 at 18:42
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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.

  • Kind :-) user :) welcome again into my question. Can you, please, be more clear. I have a low low level with Gimp. "change the mode to RGB" (where into the menu?) "and insert alpha channel (where into the menu?)" . My native speaker is Italian language :) can you put the screenshots of the label of the menu, please? Into web not exist nothing? – Sebastiano Aug 2 at 15:40

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