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Apr 14, 2018 15:54 |  #1

Hello everyone. I would like to give a friend an 11x14 print of a picture I took. They've picked out one they like and have offered to pay for it. First of, I will not take their money, I'm flattered they have asked for one and so I'd like to give it to them. They have asked me to sign it, which brings me to my question. What do you all use to sign a print that will not damage the paper? Do you sign the back of the photo or down in a corner? I'm going to use a pre-cut mat to frame it and it'll pretty much cover any signature on the front. I'm just wondering how most photographers are doing it. Thanks in advance for your input and any tips.

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Apr 14, 2018 16:11 |  #2

Perhaps a Paint marker.

Like these ->
You probably want a medium tip.

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Apr 14, 2018 17:06 |  #3

What to sign with depends on the paper which can range form super absorbent to plastic coated. If you can't get any info from the manufacturer (often available on their site) you might want to experiment first. If you want to be super finicky you could look for a pen that uses archival ink. As for where to sign that is something probably best discussed with the recipient.


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Apr 14, 2018 17:28 |  #4

Or use a tablet, create your signature as a file and put it on the print.


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Apr 15, 2018 04:54 |  #5

As you're using a matte, i would suggest using a very soft (2B) pencil and sign it in the bottom right hand corner. Could even number it (1/1) for added exclusivity




  
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Apr 15, 2018 06:16 |  #6

DagoImaging wrote in post #18606906 (external link)
Or use a tablet, create your signature as a file and put it on the print.

This is what I did when someone asked me to one of my prints.

Or, if you want to personally sign, you can get one of these. These are the ones that the adult film stars use to sign their promos with. https://www.amazon.com …ALM0Y?tag=impro​vphotog-20 (external link)

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Apr 15, 2018 06:19 |  #7

I sign prints on the front, lower right corner, using a fine point Sharpie marker.


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Apr 15, 2018 09:51 |  #8

Someone did some tests on ways to sign prints:

https://improvephotogr​aphy.com …ning-photographic-prints/ (external link)

Another take:

https://www.martinbail​eyphotography.com …-art-prints-and-canvases/ (external link)


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Apr 15, 2018 18:17 |  #9

either a Micron pen or similar ( i only know the microns) or as someone already mentioned that 2B pencil i use Staedeler if you need a brand...

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Apr 16, 2018 09:41 |  #10

Print it on archival paper and leave a border around the print and sign on the lower right on the white border with a #6 pencil. That way if they want to display the signature they can if they cut or have the over mat cut to show the border with the signature. If not the signature is on the bottom of the actual print and they can cut a mat or have a mat cut to the actual bottom of the print covering the signature.




  
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