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Should I Sign My Prints

Ron Coleman , Mar 12, 2007; 03:15 p.m.

For the last couple of years, I have been signing and dating my prints using photoshop's Text Layer option and using a font that I really like. The font looks very similar to how I really sign my name. I use a small font and a color which will distract as little as possible. I rarely see others sign their work. Is there an unwritten rule against this? Let me know what you folks think. -ron


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David Schwartz , Mar 12, 2007; 04:29 p.m.

I don't do digital -- so perhaps my view is irrelevant. I never touch the print itself with pen or pencil. I always -- always -- sign the board on which the print is mounted just below the print itself. I always use a "window" matt, an overlay which allows the viewer to see the full print and about 1/8th of an inch around --including my signature. I always use a sharp number 3 pencil, so the singature is not dark enough to distract. One man's way of doing things.....

pico digoliardi , Mar 12, 2007; 03:31 p.m.

That's interesting. I aways sign your name to my prints, too.

Seriously, Ron. This belongs in the Casual Conversation area.

Zoe Wiseman , Mar 12, 2007; 05:14 p.m.

Hi Ron,

Why are you using photoshop as a signature? Like the 2nd poster, I don't do digital either so maybe I just don't understand this concept. I make things with my hands and sign my name with my hand too. Otherwise it just feels like I'm making a high end poster, and if PS is utilized to sign your name that's basically the look and feel you're going to achieve. If I were to purchase a print, I would want someone to use their hand when signing their name instead of a keyboard.


Michael Axel , Mar 12, 2007; 07:03 p.m.

To me, it's like the pride and craftsmanship that went into exposing the image and printing it. A digital signature doesn't seem worthy of what it takes to make a great image.

Phineas Tarbolde , Mar 12, 2007; 07:16 p.m.

Frankly I never understood why anyone would sign the mat -- unless of course they personally made and cut the mat and proud of that fact.

pico digoliardi , Mar 12, 2007; 09:04 p.m.

<>Frankly I never understood why anyone would sign the mat -- unless of course they personally made and cut the mat and proud of that fact.


Gee, I feel strange about even signing a check for the same reason!

Al Kaplan - Miami, FL , Mar 12, 2007; 10:30 p.m.

Traditional prints made via lithography or pulled from etched plates are usually signed just below the image area on the paper. Often the name of the work is written there, as well as the edition number. I like to print my photographs centered on the paper with a wide border. An 8x12 image is printed on 11x14 paper while a 6x9 image is printed on 8x10 paper. They're signed just below the image.

Stefan T. , Mar 13, 2007; 02:42 a.m.

Nobody buys my prints and the few friends I give them as presents know where they got them from, so why should I sign? I guess my photos won't get more "arty" just because I sign them.


Ron Coleman , Mar 13, 2007; 09:15 a.m.

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments. I guess I will just go ahead and do what feels right. I have been using my prints mostly for greeting cards, and it is my way of letting someone know that it was not "store bought."

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