Ever wanted a personalised sig for a forum but never had the know-how? Well read on! Create a new document sized 500x150 in photoshop (or whatever). Now, decide what you want in your signature. I'm going to take you through step by step with links to the various stages. I love grunge and slightly darker sigs, and so I nabbed meself some grunge brushes of various sites - credit to those guys. (Check the link post in Graphic Design) If you decided to go for grunge, which is always good as images blend very well, then get a good brush, and a good colour. I use a nice orangey brown colour. Paint randomly over the layer. Overlap, use different opacity levels, be grungy! Depending on your brush and colour, you should have something like this now. http://img57.exs.cx/img57/4051/Grungeimg1.jpg Then, create a new layer, choose a different brush, and do exactly the same. Paint randomly all over the layer, leaving some parts clear so the other layer shows through. Here is a link to what your image might look like, with the background hidden. http://img57.exs.cx/img57/8582/Grungeimg2.jpg Do this as many times as you want. I did it three times. Then take the top layer and change the blending to Multiply. Merge down with CTRL+E (or COMMAND). Then set this layer to lighten, reduce the opacity to 70% or so and merge down if you are happy with how it looks. http://img57.exs.cx/img57/2628/Grungeimg3.jpg Now, you have a decent background to work with. (If you use filters, tech brushes, whatever, you will still have a good background to work with, but it will just look different, obviously ) Then, create a new layer. Find the image that you would like to use in your sig. I chose Gordon Freeman from HL2, seeing as I am now losing sleep through CS and HL... :swt: The first thing to do is edit the image and remove all of the parts you don't want. Remove the background with the magic pen tool, and use the rubber with varying opacity levels to make it blend well - rub away all of the edges to get rid of the sharp change in colour, and then slowly change the % and the angle of the strokes to blend the image in nicely. In this case I removed the white, and then used opacity levels on the rubber and took away the edges. My image started like this, and with blending changed to this. http://img57.exs.cx/img57/374/Grungeimg4.jpg Before http://img57.exs.cx/img57/8538/Grungeimg5.jpg After Then, add some text, and various other logos and images. Make sure to do each new thing on a new layer. Add a quote, use a cool font... The sig will be looking pretty good by now, but to give it a finished look, it needs a border. To do this, firstly, double click on the BACKGROUND layer, to change it in to an editable layer. Then hold down control, or COMMAND, and click the thumbnail of layer 1 in the layers pallete. This will select the whole of the background. Then hit EDIT>>STROKE. There are various ways of doing this, but I prefer to use black as the first colour, and do a 5 pixel OUTSIDE stroke. Then I change colours to the orange used in the sig and do a 3 pixel CENTRE stroke. Then do another 5 pixel INSIDE black stroke. Hit ok, and look at what you have created. Save it as a PSD doc first, so you can go and improve it later if necessary. Then save it as a jpeg, and if you kept the image to 500x150 pixels, it should be under 100kb at maximum quality. Then save it as jepg, upload it and use it as your sig. To do this, go to www.imageshack.us or similar, hit browse, load the jpeg image, and then on the page of codes copy the FIRST ONE - one with the Tags. Then go to hardwareforums, hit Edit Sig at the top of the page and paste that code. Preview and save it! All done. I came up with this.