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A New Way to Add Your Signature to a Photo

In Featured, Lightroom, Photography, Photoshop by Matt K154 Comments

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I’ve always wrestled with adding a watermark or signature (or whatever branding) to my photos that I post online. First off, my name is so long that it’s always been difficult to make a watermark that looked good. And I hate cheesy copyright symbol watermarks. It’s like taking this great looking photo, and putting something totally generic on to it (and they serve absolutely no legal purpose in protecting your photo, other than making it ugly).

NOTE: This blog post has absolutely nothing to do with protecting your photos and the legalities around it. It’s purely meant as a “hey, it looks cool!”, and a means of branding your name. Again, it has ZERO application toward legally protecting your work 🙂

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What About My Signature?

But I’ve seen signatures on photos that I thought looked cool and elegant. Unfortunately my signature sucks. It’s basically just scribble.

Enter PhotoLogo

Since I’m not a designer and I’ve always hated my signature I really just did nothing. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I’m scrolling through Facebook and a sponsored ad (don’t we all love those) comes up. It was by this company called PhotoLogo. It had a photo of a signature on it that grabbed my interest so I clicked on it. I checked out their website, put my credit card in, and tried it out. Below is what they sent me:

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I loved it! I didn’t have high expectations, but I really wanted to see what they’d do with my name. For me it was TOTALLY worth it. I’ve always battled with signing my whole name, and it never occurred to me to just use the first initial. And their version looks so much more elegant than my version.

Note: I have absolutely no affiliation with PhotoLogo.co. I’ve never talked to them and the only communication I’ve ever had with them is when they gladly accepted my credit card. So if you’re wondering if they’re backing up truckloads of money in to my front door to write this, the answer is a definite no (but it would be nice!) 😉

What’s really cool is that they give you a high/low resolution black version, a white version, and an Adobe Illustrator .AI version which can be scaled to however large you want. They’re PNG files which means they support transparent backgrounds. So when you drop them on a layer in your photo, you really only have to move and scale it, but you won’t see any background.

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Is This Cheating?

I was talking to a friend of mine and they asked if it was cheating. After all, it’s not really my signature. I told them I thought of it more as a logo of sorts, but also a signature that I wish I had and I may even try to replicate with my own for things I do sign (books, prints, etc…). So… no… I don’t think it’s cheating. I do want a little bit of branding on the photos I post, and I think this gives me a good balance between my ugly signature and paying a professional to make a great looking logo (that I’m not even sure I need or would use).

But Is A Signature Really Important?

In this day and age, I personally don’t think so. First, off, whether you use your a copyright, or signature or anything over the top of your digital photos, you should know that it doesn’t mean it’s protected. Now, the moment you press the shutter (in most cases), your work is copyrighted. But to really give yourself an added bit of security/recourse for your photos, you should register your photos with the US Copyright Office (for US readers). But this article or this signature, at least for me, was never intended for any legal purposes – it’s purely aesthetic. So please don’t think of this as a way to protect your work – it’s not.

Next, most of you reading this blog probably aren’t selling a ton of prints. In fact, nobody I know is selling a ton of fine art/landscape prints these days. Maybe someone besides Peter Lik is making a killing at it, and if they are, I haven’t heard of it 🙂
And again, for most people reading here, I don’t even know that everyone needs an official logo. I’m not sure that makes much of a difference these days.

So the signature isn’t super important in the traditional print signing way of things, and it’s not going to protect you. But now that most of our photos are being shared online, I can see how a signature could add a little something to the photo (if done well), as well as some branding (like a logo). The PhotoLogo sales video actually says it pretty well up front, if you want to take a look:

NOTE: I did not send them my legal signature. To me, this is for people (like me), that have signatures that look like crap, and want something a little more elegant 🙂 

Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool and fun to share. Here’s the link to the website if you’re interested.

The experience was good. I paid them on May 31st and got a confirmation email right away. It didn’t say exactly how long it would take, and I didn’t hear anything, but I got the final version on June 2nd. So it was around a 2-3 day turnaround which is fair. For the small amount of money it cost ($49), when I consider that I’ve probably spent many hours of my time trying to come up with a signature or logo, or something to put on my photos, I think it was worth it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a good one!

Adding Your Signature or Logo In Lightroom and Photoshop:

I’ve also done a couple of videos on how to add your Photologo signature to a photo in Lightroom and Photoshop. The process is really simple once you have a signature graphic, and just involves a layer in Photoshop. Or in Lightroom you can just add your signature or logo as a watermark on the photo.

  • Adding Your Photologo Signature in Lightroom (Click Here)
  • Adding Your Photologo Signature in Photoshop (Click Here)

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Comments

  1. Greg Snider

    Thanks Matt. I sent my order in yesterday (Saturday) so it might take until Tuesday to get a reply. I have previously fooled around trying to create something really good to use and wasn’t very successful. Maybe this will be the solution and for $35 it is worth the try. Hope things are going the way you want them to at On 1. Miss your contributions on KelbyOne and your live training sessions.

    1. Rich Snider

      After reading the post and scrolling down, it was funny to see my son’ Gregg’s comment here. I was thinking I’d forward the post to him, but he’s already been and gone. And ordered. LMK how you like yours.

  2. Joe

    Matt K using a watermark/logo…..I’ve seen it all! Thanks for sharing, yours turned out pretty cool.

  3. Jack Dowell

    Thanks Matt! Received mine this morning and am very pleased.
    I agree with a previous post requesting a video on how to apply these logos.

  4. Julian Roberts

    Might give this a go. IOd been wondering about a proper logo…

  5. John Arnold

    Very cool logo you now have Matt. Dumb question so bear with me. Can you change the color of it say in photos hope if you want to blend it more in the photo? I like to create photos that look like paintings but would like to change the color beside just black and white.

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Hey John. That would be tough to do in Photoshop but I think you could do it with Hue/Saturation. That said, if you know Illustrator, it comes with the .AI file which would be super easy to change and then save in a format you can use.

      1. Lenore Locken

        I used to do this frequently with quotations I had created as PNG files with transparent backgrounds — I would drop those on top of photos or different textured backgrounds. With the PNG on its own layer (and assuming it has a transparent background), just use the Magic Wand tool to select the signature, then use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, clicking on the Colorize box first, then you can play with the Hue, Saturation and Lightness sliders. Hope that helps!

      2. janet wolbarst

        But if you don’t have illustrator these logos are difficult to use.. I had to have friend change the color for me in illustrator as I have lightroom and photoshop cc. I thought it would be in layers so I could change the size and opacity and color. I had to go through 4 revisions and gave up with their designs, finally had to send them my signature and then they did a great job. Nice guys but I guess we get what we pay for. It’s a great idea, just wish it was more user friendly.

        1. Author
          Matt K

          Hey Janet – I changed the color of mine in Photoshop with the Hue/Saturation dialog. Give it a try, it’s super easy to do. As for the signature, I guess everyone is different. If you read the post, I hated my signature so that was the last thing I was going to do. I welcomed a totally new look for my name 🙂

          1. Misty

            Its far easier than that to change a png logo to a color…simply right click on the layer, check color (in the box for doing text type stuff like drop shadows etc), and use picker to pick your color. Done in 5 seconds. 🙂

            Looks great!

          2. RON COMSTOCK

            If you made one using 50% grey as the base color, then yes hue/sat using colorize

      3. Ron Hazlewood

        I created my logo in PS, made it a brush. No prob scaling or coloring, and when I want it to blend better with the shot, I just change it to ‘overlay’ mode. I like the signature thing, especially having a long last name like I do, I’ll check it out. Thanx, Ron.

  6. Meredith Nichols

    I saw the same promoted post on Facebook and saved the link. Your blog just reminded me to check it out. I did and I just placed my order. Thanks for the info. I think your PhotoLogo looks great! Looking forward to seeing how mine turns out.

  7. Jeff Vickers

    i did it a few weeks ago and im totally over the moon with the results , nice one for passing one the site Matt!

  8. Ralph Blough

    A while back I wrote a post on marks and signature and their history. It was in answer to the fact that schools are doing away with cursive training and how would people sign documents. The point made was that marks were used originally to indicate a document was a true copy of the original and signified by a known authority’s mark. Signatures were invented with the utilization of the quill. To be unique people adopted their name in lieu of a mark.

    One should know that your signature can be any representation you choose. It need not be anything connected with your name. However, it should be something that can be recognized by others as your having put your mark there.

  9. Ralph Blough

    Matt, I do like your new signature logo. It seems to flow quite well. Not distracting and yet recognizable and rememberable.

  10. Lori Jennings-Emery

    Just ordered mine. Like you, I have a lengthy, hard-to-decipher surname (especially when missing the hyphen) and my actual signature, while consistent, is mostly just a scribble. I’m also not sure I’d want my legal signature to be widely accessible. An artistic rendition makes so much more sense. Thanks for the tip.

  11. Meredith Nichols

    Will do!! Should be interesting as I have a rather long name. Excited about it.

  12. Sam Collins

    I followed a video of yours a while back on making my signature a watermark. I never came up with a good one though. This seems to be a better way.

    1. Phil Burt

      Interesting article to say the least. A guy that sold a photo for $6.5 million is selling logos for $35 a pop?

    2. Vivian

      Jason, that was a great article. What a character, Peter Lik – I couldn’t decide whether to like him or despise him. Marketing genius laughing all the way to the bank, that’s for sure. Thank you for sharing the link!

  13. Phil Burt

    I do think that this is a cool idea, but why not take a few minutes and teach all how to do this themselves. If you have Photoshop lets face it it is easy.
    Mostly I use a Wacom tablet and just sign it myself.
    By the way, I do like the way yours turned out.

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Hey Phil – there’s probably about 100 tutorials if you just google it, on how to make your signature in Photoshop. The reason I brought this up is because my signature sucks – I have no desire to capture it and use it since I don’t care for the way it looks. I’d have never personally thought to sign my name like this, which is why I think it’s worth the money I spent on it. Thx.

    2. Gladys Perrier

      The logo does look really cool however, I would advise against posting your legal signature. Identity theft is a booming business nowadays, and if your signature is used illegally you might be held liable for losses incurred as you didn’t do your part of keeping your personal information safe. Just beware.

  14. Jeff Wallace

    Same experience, found on FaceBook decided to give it a try. They did a great job and turned around in 3 days. Now if they could only build me a website as quickly, cleanly and cheaply….

  15. SERGE KAY

    Hi Matt. Just ordered my signature from Photologo.
    I have been a follower of yours many years.
    I use On1 and LRcc6.
    I am not very techie and it takes me a while to figure these things out.
    Would you help by explaining how I can apply the signature to my processed images.
    I would appreciate your help.Many thanks
    Serge

  16. James Hambright

    Matt, like you I have been wrestling with this problem for years, I have an unrecognizable personal signature, and I was looking for something that would work with any photograph I am working with, at $35.00 for one of these designs…I mean really how can you beat that price! I have already order my design and I can’t wait to see it.

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with this company and the background of your own personal struggle with this branding issue. I’m sure this idea will help out a lot of folks like us! All the best, Jim

  17. Alejandro Garcia

    Thanks Matt for discover us PHOTOLOGO, is really fabulous work they do with your signature.

    My photographs have a different air with the firm that gives an extra plus.

    Thanks for your fantastic web.

    Greetings from Pamplona, Spain.

  18. Cheryl Tadin

    Just curious, does PHOTOLOGO give you a few choices of your signature, or only one?
    I really like yours Matt as well.

  19. Bea Rosenleaf

    There was a question above about changing the color. You said you didn’t think so. Well, yes there is! I have created my own signature in Photoshop and saved as a PNG file. I also create paintings with my photos and I just use a color overlay (FX feature in layers). It’s super easy and you can make it any color you want!

    And just to add…super cool signature, Matt!

  20. Roberta Kayne

    OMG I was just searching online for a company or artist to make a logo for me, and then I got distracted to my email and saw your newsletter about overprocessing which led me to the “signature” blog post. Thank you so much. I will definitely check it out!

  21. James Golando

    Thanks Matt!

    I just placed my order and hope my signature comes out as nice as yours!! Next problem is deciding when to use it!

    Jim

  22. Lisa Peckenpaugh

    Just ordered mine! Can’t wait to see what they come up with. Thanks for sharing this Matt!

  23. Paul Lachapelle

    Thank’s Matt
    Great suggestion for me. I purchased it and am hoping to receive it soon …..

  24. Bill Araujo

    Just ordered mine. Looks to me that they should be giving you a commission. Do you think we can add this to a photo as a watermark in Lightroom or will I always have to us Photoshop?

    Thanks!

  25. Matt Mendenhall

    Matt-

    Did Photologo put the Matt K Photography on the bottom of your signature as well?

  26. Lisa Peckenpaugh

    Just got mine. It’s perfect! Thanks again Matt for sharing the site.

  27. Carolina

    Matt, I thought the same and a solution I found was to create a new signature on my Ipad with apple pencil, then capture it through Adobe Capture and transform it into a shape. It worked well!

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Good idea. Only problem for me is I hate my existing signature so where ever I capture it, I don’t like it. Plus, WOW, that pencil is pricey! $99! 🙂
      Thanks!

  28. Judith Blackwell

    thanks Matt, I have received mine but having trouble opening them. Has anyone else had issues.

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  30. J D Kelleher

    Thanks for the heads up on this Matt! My new PhotoLogo files arrived today, and I’m already putting them to work. They’re fantastic. Like you, I don’t really like how I sign my name. This is a perfect solution.

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  32. Wayne

    Thank you, Matt, this is brilliant and simple. I’m looking forward to replacing the ugly copyright on my photos.

  33. Neil

    Thanks Matt. I just looked at the order page–they don’t seem to use a copy of my signature as a template to base the graphic on. Yet yours looks similar to your actual signature. Just luck or am I missing something where they get a copy of your signature? Personally, I would be more interested in a fancy/embellished signature that looks more like my own.

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Hi Neil – they don’t use a copy of your signature. They create their own version for you.

  34. Larry

    Thanks for this tip! I recently received mine and love it. I want to practice actually signing my name like this now!

  35. Andy Corner

    Thanks Matt – love your Photologo signature so couldn’t resist signing up! Just need some patience now while I wait! Cheers Andy

  36. Jeff Winkler

    Matt K – attended your class at Out of Chicago and then joined the live broadcast on Creative Live – just ordered a signature from PhotoLogo – great recommendation – I will share once I receive it!!

  37. Andy Corner

    It has arrived – took a little longer but I guess they are busy at the moment!! Wow – really impressed – great recommendation Matt!! No more boring watermarks created by yours truly!!

  38. Steve Shiflet

    I had PhotoLogo create a signature logo for me and it turned out Simply Incredible!

  39. Eugene

    It seems that Photologo.co just raised the price from $35 to $49 after your blog post. 🙁

  40. Jeffrey Fritts

    Matt,
    I already have an interesting signature style, thanks to my father, and like the idea of adding the branding to my photos. Can you hold my hand a little and give me a quick tutorial on how to do that? What format do I want to scan the signature into my computer and where do I go from there either in Lr or Ps CC?
    By the way I bought your landscape series from CreativeLive and am getting a lot of great tips and tricks I have used to improve my landscapes, thanks.
    Jeffrey, Walla Walla, Wa the town so nice they named it twice.

  41. Linda Carrigan

    If you have photoshop, you can make a ‘brush’ that is your signature. You can resize it.. color it… fade it.. apply it to a photo or on a layer of its own.. Plus, you can also apply bevels, shadows, etc. Not that difficult to do either.. I really like the new signature PhotoLogo made for you.. it’s very professional looking..

  42. Russ Gifford

    That does look nice. Matt, it doesn’t look like you even know how to spell your name!

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Lol! I just scribble. I think I got that from learning to forge my dad’s signature on detention slips when I was a kid 🙂

  43. Tisha

    Matt, when you sent in for your signature, did you request the tagline information showing below your signature as well, or was that a bit a creative leeway on their part?

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Nope, they added it. It’s easy enough to erase and add/remove in Photoshop though. A quick Layer mask and it’s gone (or not) 🙂

  44. Bobby Buddy

    I wouldn’t put my real signature on work – too easy for someone to learn it an repeat it on something formal in a fraudulent way. Stylize something else and use it, especially for things that roll around the internet.

  45. Bruce Otis

    Thanks Matt, I went to the website, and they were having a sale right now. Got it for $39.99 ! Fantastic deal I think

  46. Deji Odetoyinbo

    My name’s even longer than yours and I was even more skeptical than you were when I engaged them (a few months back) to produce a signature for me. I requested a couple of modifications – they responded promptly to my requests and I now have an excellent signature. Totally impressive service.

  47. Ruth

    Thanks for the tip Matt. I was going to give it a go, I think the price is now $39 (discount)
    I got to the point to click pay now, and nothing happened. I emailed them and was told its a problem with Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers and I needed to download Google Chrome or Safari.

    I thought it strange that they claim it doesn’t work with 2 of the most used browsers out there, so for now, I decided to not purchase.

  48. Georgie

    Great idea I love the look of this!!
    Is there a way to drop the signature logo onto images in Apple’s Aperture product before exporting images?

  49. Dwayne Schnell

    Late to the show, but I love this too. I’ve been using a script font of my name, but it still looks generic. Especially with landscape photos, and how many people steal them for wallpapers, etc. (Though a corner logo is easy to crop out – it’s still my brand!)

  50. John

    Hi Matt

    Love the idea of the signature logo. Thanks for providing the information about Photologo, I am going to try it. Matt! do you know where this company is based, there web site does not have much information about them. By the way I love your work very much, I have been following you since KelbyOne.

    Best

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Not really. Mostly works with apps that have layered features in them so you can overlay the signature on the photo.

  51. Tom Brim

    Matt – is this something that you would use if you were printing a photo for someone for sale? Or would more likely sign it personally? I’m trying to figure out when to use this service? Which I already paid for….ha ha.

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Honestly Tom, I just think it looks cool. I hate my signature, so I thought it was a nice way to add some style to my photos if I want a “signature” look. If I signed them personally, all it would look like is scribble. As for printing for some one for sale, I wouldn’t use this because most people want an actual signed photo. This would be digitally placed there which defeats the purpose. But in this day of digitally sharing, I think it’s a cool “look” to add to a photo sometimes. My thoughts, for what they’re worth 🙂

  52. BI'll Vullo

    I don’t use light room or photo shop. Is there a way to add one using a mac computer?

  53. Patrick Peluso

    Hey, Matt…I’ve been trying to access the PhotoLogo site now for a couple of days. First, I would get all the way to the payment page and it wouldn’t accept payment. Then after a day or so, I tried again and the whole interface of the site has changed and I wasn’t able to proceed again. I sent them an email…but was wondering if you knew of any problem with the site?

    1. Gladys Perrier

      I hope it is safe. I haven’t gone through the process myself but my fear would be that if you are required to send them a copy of your legal signature they now have that in their possession and identity theft is a booming business nowadays. If your signature is used illegally you might be held liable for losses incurred as you didn’t do your part of keeping your personal information safe. Just beware.

  54. Jaffer Bhimji

    Well Mett it’s time to claim your commission from the logo company
    Great article and I’m getting mine done. Thank you again
    .

  55. Frank Burnside

    Lightroom already has this capability without going to photoshop. You just type in your name and you can pick your favorite font, including a very elegant script. No need to go to PS!

  56. Yancy Mendoza

    I too have an indecipherable signature. And I love this idea. But I have done more than a few shows and have sold a fair amount of pieces and prints. People have asked for my signature/autograph in the past. My concern is that my real signature would not match my photologo. Any thoughts?

    1. Author
      Matt K

      This really is just a aesthetic thing. I thought it was cool looking which is why I wrote about it.
      To me the whole point of it is that it doesn’t look like my real signature. I don’t sell enough prints to warrant worrying about it. But if you feel your clients (and print purchasers) will get mad at you if your signature changes then probably not something to get.

      1. Yancy Mendoza

        Thank you for your reply. The signature on the photologos looks so good, I should probably get one, then practice signing my name that way!! lol

  57. Jim Donahue

    Don’t think it is a good idea to have my CC number and signature on file at a company I’ve never heard of no matter how many people say it’s OK.

  58. Marta Paglianni

    Looks great but there is not much protection without having this on the signature © even if it looks cheesy as you wrote. All images post it any where online should have this “Photographer’s name ©”

    “And I hate cheesy copyright symbol watermarks.”

    1. Author
      Matt K

      It’s not meant to “protect”. It’s meant to brand. Signatures don’t protect your photos (regardless of whether it’s your real one or a fake one).

  59. Mary

    I think that is very classy Matt! Thanks for passing on. Judging by all the sign ups, maybe you should have had an affiliate link. If I ever get good enough to even post a photo, I will definitely look at it. Thanks, Mary

  60. Chuck

    Can it be auto loaded somehow to stamp photos taken on a cell phone? Since most of us upload to FB. Thanks

  61. Marie-Pascale Vandewalle

    Hi Matt, I am interested ! Let me know how you work, how many designs you propose, price, etc… Thanks !
    Marie-Pascale

  62. B Klastorin

    Why is it not considered a water mark and I’m assuming the opacity can be adjusted? Right?

  63. Jack

    Matt. I purchased and am happy with the result. The logo will not display in my identity plate, but can be used as a watermark on photos. I know how to change the identity plate and it works with other graphics, just not photo logo. Any ideas? I have contacted the company for help, but still don’t have a solution. Thanks

  64. Jennifer

    So curious to know if they backed that truckload of cash up to your door sense they are using your blog as a sponsored ad now. Curious minds want to know

  65. Malcolm Thornton

    Matt, upon reviewing your write up and seeing the results of the work they did for you, I signed myself up. I received my logo from them last night, and I was very disappointed with it. It lacked any form of creativity or elegance. In fact it pretty much looked like some off the shelf font that I could have easily done myself. I notified them of my dissatisfaction, and have yet to hear back. Perhaps over the Thanksgiving weekend they received a larger volume of work, and just put out results as quick and with as little thought and effort possible. I’ll have to wait and see. If they come back with a much improved logo I will be sure to praise them. As of right now I cannot in good conscious recommend any form of their services.

  66. C Vandenberg

    While “it has ZERO application toward legally protecting your work” it does help you if the photo is registered with the copyright office – removal of a logo/signature/watermark ups the amount you can collect because it shows willful intent.

    It also helps with any copyright case that you added it (as well as adding copyright info in the metadata) as indication you are the copyright owner.

    And for those of you that do not register with the copyright office, sending a DMCA take down letter showing the original with the logo/signature/watermark can help get it removed by either the hosting company or the thief.

  67. Constance Losonsky-Grippin

    Just that I would add my two cents worth. Had one created for me about two months ago…it was exactly what I wanted. Ordered one to give as a gift, and am being told that it is an unsafe site. The connection is not private. Hackers could attack your computer…so, guess the money is down the tube. Have contacted them about this situation..zero response… 🙁

  68. Stephen morgan

    Thanks Matt

    You are rite , a touch of class on these images we all have worked hard on creating these images , i believe gives a polished feel and look .
    Lets face it a Rolls Royce would not be complete with out its ornament on the bonnet –
    , called the. ‘ Spirit of Ecstasy’ !
    And so a classy signature on ones work i would call ‘ The Spirit of Excelence ‘ !
    Have a good day

  69. Tony Davies

    ” I do want a little bit of branding on the photos I post, and I think this gives me a good balance between my ugly signature and paying a professional to make a great looking logo (that I’m not even sure I need or would use).”

    You have paid a professional by paying “them” to design something would make “them” a professional designer would it not?

    1. Author
      Matt K

      Hi Mona – there’s a couple of videos I did linked above that talk about signatures in general. But if you need to know the specifics of the PhotoLogo you’d have to contact them directly, as I’m not affiliated with them.

  70. Neil Copeland

    Matt,
    I’ve watched your video on producing the signature logo in Photoshop and read most of the comments after it. Also in this section I’ve seen questions about adding color to a signature logo. What I’ve done with my logo (which I had designed back in the 1980’s) is made a brush (.abr) out of it and apply it to photos wherever I want to use a logo. As to the color issue, I’ve found that if I create a layer and apply the brush logo in that, I can apply styles and have all sorts of control on how the logo looks. Without using a separate layer, I can only make it black or white.

  71. Greg

    Great write-up of this service. Just placed an order with them and provided an imgur link with something I use for common signing (packages, forms, etc.) so they have a sense of my personal style and don’t do something just out of this world different.

    Just so everyone is aware about a very critical mistake this article has:
    You DO NOT have to register your images with the US Copyright Office for them to be protected. The only thing this does is give legal proof of ownership to award statutory damages. If you aren’t a huge name in the photography industry, odds are no one with enough money to pay the statutory damages is stealing your work.

    Do understand that under US Copyright Law the moment you press the shutter button and capture an image, no matter what that image is, you are the rightful and legal owner of the image unless you have contractually agreed in a work-for-hire situation that all images within a set provided to a client under payment will become theirs. This is usually the case by default. However, if you are freelance or own your own business, you can still sue for damages for ANY reproduction or posting that you have not given explicit written permission to, you just have to prove those damages now. This includes your clients posting to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Should they withhold money from you and you released the images before final payment, and they post them, you can sue them for the money they owe you and unauthorized use of your images.

    Additionally, I hope we all have copyright information set up to go into the metadata of our images. A watermark is a small form of nuisance editing for someone who plans to steal your images. It doesn’t protect you at all, but it does help claim ownership and make it harder for someone to steal without choppy editing or cropping.

    Copyright law for photographers is paramount for everyone to understand. Please, please read the law. It’s very short and simple as to what rights photographers have. We are taken care of very well under copyright law. Know the law!

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  73. J. Paul Moore

    Thanks for this Matt! I ordered mine a few weeks back and I love it. I have tried, without luck, to set it up in my Identity Plate in Lightroom with no luck. I have tried importing both the white and black version but I am not getting anywhere. Can you advise?

  74. James Lee

    Matt:

    I sent an email to you with questions about your logo service. It has been at least three days and you have not responded. Do you check your email? Are you still doing this?

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      Matt K

      Hi James. This is not my logo service. I have no affiliation with them. You’d have to contact them directly. Thanks.

  75. Mike

    Looks like everyone will have the same style logo LOL
    They do look good though.
    I created a transparent logo in Adobe CC to attach to my images

  76. John League

    You had mentioned Photologo before so I ordered my logo. Graphic looks great. I figured out adding the logo watermark with a lot of trial and error on my own. You should include the adding of the logo procedure in the Lightroom and Photoshop courses.

    Thanks for the suggestion of the company.

  77. Robyn

    Thanks Matt , I ordered my logo and got it the next day. Unfortunately I’m one of those few who did not like the signature. It was very sloppy looking and masculine for me. I’m hoping they will redo it for me.

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