tips to pass on

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-17-2004
tips to pass on
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 4:14am

Let's give some tips to our learner makers of things that we think make sigs look better.

I'll start -

Less is more - simple is better.

This applies to photos, graphics, elements, glitter, fonts and so on. Cluttered sigs look awful!


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-05-2010
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 1:27pm

Don't make your sigs too big.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-17-2004
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 3:47pm

Try to use plainer, easy to read fonts for the "small words". Don't try to use Scriptina, for example, for "mommy to" because it won't be legible.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-27-2006
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 5:14pm

Don't overuse drop shadows. Soft and subtle is the key.

Use layers.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-05-2010
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 5:20pm

Don't be rude!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2003
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 5:52pm
This may not be a tip to make a sig better, but, just a general tip. :)

I know that when I first started, I was afraid that my sigs weren't 'good enough'
(and I still don't sometimes). But, don't be afraid to post what you have! :)
From Dedi
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-30-2007
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 7:12pm

Never be afraid to ask for help :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-05-2009
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 8:38pm

mix and match kits, i separate my kits in to categories like 'ribbons' and

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2009
Fri, 04-29-2011 - 11:23pm
layers are your friend! lol

don't be afraid to play with your program when you're not making sigs, that's how you learn things!

don't be afraid to share, we love to help people and see what others are making!

make your sig board size (470 px) so you don't have to worry about it being blurry or about the board shrinking it

umm...i think that's it :)
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-29-2008
Sat, 04-30-2011 - 3:16am
Don't worry about trying a couple fonts for the siggy.. All of one for everything can be ok or can be very boring.

Don't copy someone elses siggy directly without giving credit.. But do look and get ideas because it may spark even more ideas for you!

Don't be afraid to experiment. Sometimes you'll figure out something super cool and will turn out awesome and can even teach it to others! Its the fun in learning!

Graphics, digi scrap kits, pictures can be great for sigs... but make sure you have the rights to use them first!

Less is more, with words, pictures, etc. 12 pictures, a long poem, and lots of other stuff will be too hard to really pay attention to. Simple can be better. If lots of pictures, use fewer words and vice versa.. or use animation!

Don't hesitate to ask someone how they did something if you see a sig that really sparks your interest. We all learn from each other! Its a safe place to ask and be helped not criticized!

Start your canvas the MAX size you want the siggy to be at the end. Then you can add. You can get rid of white space later, but don't resize to do that, crop!

Save the unflattened version BEFORE you save the flattened one (and make sure not to save over it!) because if you made a mistake its easier to fix than recreate!

Also safe often because nothings worse than half way through or later and your computer crashes and you loose it all!

Save the original photo you are editing/cropping BEFORE you do changes so you always have the original to go back to!

Don't take a siggy someone made for them and change it! They need to ask the original maker to change it, but you can make them a new one!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-20-2007
Sat, 04-30-2011 - 10:33am

I don't think I have anything to add - but I just wanna say AMEN to everything that's been said - LOL