3 ways to imitate a signature

3 ways to imitate a signature
3 ways to imitate a signature

Knowing how to imitate a signature can be helpful in an emergency. It's fun to learn the architecture of a signature and to be able to copy it perfectly. You can sign your letters "Benjamin Franklin" or "Marilyn Monroe" for fun. It is a crime to impersonate a signature to deceive someone, so be careful when using these techniques. You can learn to imitate a signature with such perfection that no one will be able to tell the difference!


Method 1 of 3: Use tracing paper

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Step 1. Place a sheet of tracing paper over the signature to be imitated

The tracing paper is transparent, so you'll be able to clearly see what's underneath. If you don't have tracing paper handy, you can use very thin white paper.

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Step 2. Use a pencil to lightly draw the signature

Trace slowly and at a constant speed over the signature lines, loops and stitches. Try not to shake or lift the pencil when you draw. In order to produce a compelling signature, pay attention to the following details.

  • The thickness of the lines. People naturally apply more pressure to certain parts of their signatures. Maybe, for example, the right side of the “l” loop is thicker than the left side.
  • The slant of the signature. When you draw, pay attention to the slant of the signature, make sure to follow it.
  • The order of the letters. Have the dots on the "I's" and the "T" bars been drawn after the remainder of the signature? This can affect the appearance of the signature. It's subtle, but it can be the difference between a decent knockoff and one that's easy to identify as fake.
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Step 3. Place the parchment paper over the blank spot where you want to copy the signature

Make sure it's aligned properly so it looks natural. A lot of people don't sign neatly or horizontally, take this into account when positioning the signature.

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Step 4. Print the signature

Use a pencil or other sharp instrument to press relatively hard on the signature drawn on the tracing paper so that it is transferred to the desired area. Do not press hard enough to tear the paper or change the signature.

A deep impression will be identifiable as a clue to a fake, try to do it as lightly as possible while leaving a sufficient mark so that you can pass over it with a pen

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Step 5. Remove the tracing paper and write the signature in pen

Gently pass over the signature mark with a pen. Don't raise your hand or shake, try to do it as naturally as possible.

Method 2 of 3: Sign without a guide

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Step 1. Study the original signature

Look carefully at the signature and in particular how it was formed. Everyone signs slightly differently, if you try to reproduce a signature without studying it first, chances are you are making some obvious mistakes. Pay attention to certain factors when looking at the outlines of the signature.

  • Look where the letters connect. Is there a lot of overlap between these letters or rather spaces?
  • Look at the order of the letters. Are they readable? Deformed? Crushed together? Do they have any frills?
  • Look at the height and size of the curls. Are they big and bloated or rather small and pointy? Getting the curls right is a key part of a good imitation.
  • Examine the tilt. Is the signature tilted to the right or to the left? How tilted is it?
  • How much space does the signature take up on the line?
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Step 2. Try to put it upside down

This will help you see it from another angle. Look at it as a drawing and not as a signature. This will help you approach it more objectively and replicate it for what it is, without your own signing habits spilling out.

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Step 3. Draw the signature over and over

This will help you feel the lines and curves of the other person's handwriting. Try to imitate the movements of the person who signed their name.

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Step 4. Practice freehand

Now that you understand the signature, start writing it freely. You will have to practice a lot before it gets even a little closer to the original. The difficulty in achieving this might even surprise you! Signatures are difficult to imitate, which is why they are still used to verify the authenticity of many legal documents.

  • As you practice, note the minor differences between the original signature and your training signatures. Adjust if necessary.
  • Keep practicing until the signature writing feels natural to you and you can sign without pausing.
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Step 5. Write it down with confidence

When you put the pen on the paper, you should be confident enough to sign the name without lifting the pen or taking too long to write it down. A signature made with confidence will seem more authentic than a signature for which it is obvious that it has been drawn with care for a long time. Sign the name quickly and resist the urge to make changes, it's too late for that.

Method 3 of 3: Avoid the pitfalls

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Step 1. Be careful what you write

Many newbie imitators pay too much attention to the original signature and forget to watch what they write. If you look at the signature instead of your pen and paper, the imitation will be wobbly and weird. It will be obvious that you have imitated someone's signature.

If you don't have a lot of time to practice signing before practice, it's best to study the signing, take note of the important things, and sign as naturally as possible while watching what you do

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Step 2. Do not touch up

Another obvious clue that a signature has been forged is when it is apparent that the signature has been touched up. Think about it, do you go back and adjust your letters after signing your own name? No, you are probably satisfied with a badly crossed out "t" or a misshapen "b". It is abnormal to see points of retouching when these natural errors have been painstakingly corrected.

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Step 3. Do not lift the pen

Again, remember how you sign your own name. You do this in a smooth motion and keeping your pen on the paper. A signature with small gaps means that the person who signed has paused, lifted the pen and resumed his writing, this is characteristic of an imitation. When imitating a signature, avoid this big mistake and sign as naturally as possible.

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Step 4. Build each signature slightly differently

People don't sign their names exactly the same every time. It's easy to spot knockoffs when you see that a series of signatures on different documents are exactly the same. This is a problem that you may encounter if you are using the tracing paper to mimic the signatures. Make sure you draw a little different each time to make the signatures look authentic.


  • Copy the signature many times.
  • Keep the tracing paper as a reference.
  • If anyone suspects an imitation, play it like they're kidding.
  • If you don't have tracing paper, hold both sheets over a window during the day or over a light-emitting object. It works just as well.


  • When presenting the fake document, be confident and don't stress too much or you will be spotted.
  • Do not apply too much pressure to the pencil or you will leave a mark on the paper.
  • Don't be silly: remember that imitating a signature is illegal.
  • Do not try to imitate the signature of someone important, for example that of the President of the Republic

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