How to Create Email Signatures with Pictures and Links

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Matt Sullivan

This saved me from going to an HTML app to design, copy, and paste. Thx for the tips.

I do agree with others that images are more PITA than they're worth, but using the options within the Mail editor quickly creates sharp email sigs that render well for my recipients.

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Kenny_JK

You should check brandmymail.com , which has full control over email signature and overall template :)

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RobK

Ya this doesn't really seem as if it was thought through. Different mail systems and clients will handle this a million different ways (as I found out). Fancy? Maybe. For use by a professional who relies on the constancy their communiques? Hardly.

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irvghady

So I did EXACTLY what you said and added the links to each image. I tested it out and sent myself the e-mail and I found that the formatting gets screwed up on the right column a bit and the links do not work at all. I click on the twitter icon and instead of opening twitter or linked in, etc, it takes me to PREVIEW and shows the little icon there.
Help please?

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raven029

I'm with chirpity. Please don't attach images to you signature. Just because you can does not make it a good idea.

One of the biggest annoyances (and I use Apple Mail) is to to have to figure out what emails have a real attachment I should consider important and which emails have signature attachments that are utterly worthless.

If you feel compelled to make a billboard out of your signature, please host the signature/images/artistic creation on your website & have your email target it. You might also want to have a text version of it for those folks who have no desire to look at all the pretty colors.

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chirpity

Another point, how many new people do you send emails to every day? 1, 2, maybe 3? The same people DO NOT appreciate getting your same contact info over and over and over again. You send it to them once (even as a Vcard), they add you to their address book. Done.
They never have to see your contact info until they need to. And it's just a click of a button away.

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chirpity

This is a plea to everyone reading this article: please DO NOT put images in your email signatures. It causes nothing but problems for those on the receiving end:
1. Increased disk space needed to store emails.
2. Replying to certain online services through an email will upload your signature images and cause all sorts of organization issues (in Basecamp and the like).
3. This trend began in the 90s and should have ended when people stopped using tables to build websites. That's about the same level of annoyance. People get yelled at for using tables, but people love to throw images in their signatures.
4. There are email clients that will not display images until told to do so. Or in some cases won't display them at all.

Please stop. That is what your website is for. That is where you put your little Facebook and Twitter icons. A simple text link in an email is all you need.

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drdre74

I added the images did the links and when i sent myself a email the links didn't work. The images opened up sketchbook pro as a image png not as a link for safari. Now that I look again none of my links work. Now even my website!

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RobK

I thought this really looked cool so I tried it....

Just FYI. Recipients using Gmail get a mess with all the images as attachments. This is a big deal. Was this tested on anything other than Apple Mail?

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apstewart

I like the idea behind this, but I have always wanted to minimize signatures as much as possible. Have you seen the "Please consider the environment before printing" and "For the intended recipient only" nonsense that runs on for lines and lines? Drives me nuts. :)

Anyway, my version of this useful article would be: i.imgur.com/FRwQI.jpg

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MacMind

One more necessary step in this process:
When in the Signatures window of Mail Preferences, be sure to uncheck the box underneath right pane of the Signature window that says, "Always match my default message font." If you do not uncheck this box *before* you paste in your newly formatted signature, all your formatted font choices will be reduced to the default font.

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tfindlay

When I copy and paste in an image, select it, and right click on it there is no LInk option in the menu. Instead I get the attachment options menu.

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corybohon

Putting links with images is a little different than when you link the text. As the article states: 

"When you’re done adding the images, select the image and navigate to Edit > Add Link. In the pop up URL dialog, add the link to your profile on the selected service."

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