In this video, I’m going to show you how to create an email signature in Gmail with images, social icons, text and links so that you can create a professional Gmail signature for free while growing your email list and social presence at the same time.
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Alright, so there are 5 steps to create an email signature in Gmail with images, social icons, text and links. 1. Create a new Google doc with a 2-column table, 2. Add all images, social icons, and text you want to include in your email signature to the table, 3. Insert links to websites, calls to action and social icons, 4. Edit the table appearance, and 5. Add the email signature you created to Gmail.
So let’s get right into how to create a Gmail signature for free.
1. Create a new Google doc with a 2-column table
So to create a new Google doc where we’ll create our email signature, we’ll need to open up Google drive first. To do that, open up your Google account in your browser, and click on ‘Google apps’ from the menu up top, and then click on ‘drive’. Click on ‘+ new’ on the left, and then on ‘Google docs’. So to create a table in this Google doc to separate our image from the text, click on ‘insert’, then on ‘table’, and insert a table with 2 columns and 1 row. Feel free to add more columns and rows depending on the number of elements you want to add to your email signature in Gmail.
This gets us to step 2:
2. Add all images, social icons, text and links you want to include in your email signature to the table
So as you can see from my Gmail signature. I have a number of elements to it: my photo, name, title and company, website, tagline, call to action to download free resources, and social icons. Let’s go ahead and add all of these to our table.
In the left column we’ll be adding our headshot photo, so go ahead and click on ‘insert’, ‘image’, ‘upload from computer’, locate the image you want to add, and then click on ‘open’. If you want to know how to crop photos into a circle shape, make sure to watch my video where I explain step-by-step how to do that by clicking on the ‘i’ or on the link in the description box below.
In the right column, we’ll go ahead and add our name, title and company, website, tagline, call to action, and social icons. Everything that is text-based you can just write in the space provided, and edit its formatting to look the way you wish. To add our social icons, we can download them from stock-free icon websites like The Stocks and Icons 8, or even from Template Monster. Once you have downloaded them to your computer, click on ‘insert’, ‘image’, ‘upload from computer’, locate the icons you want to add, and then click on ‘open’.
I’d love to hear where you downloaded your social icons from to add to your Gmail signature. Make sure to leave your answer in the comments below.
This gets us to step 3:
3. Insert links to websites, calls to action and social icons
Now it’s time to make certain elements of our Gmail signature clickable. As you can see, my website already is a clickable link since I added it directly as a web address. To add links to our call to action and social icons, just click on each one, and then on ‘insert’, ‘link’, or on the ‘link’ icon from the menu up top, paste the appropriate link in the space provided, and then click on ‘apply’.
This gets us to step 4:
4. Edit the table appearance
Now that we’ve added all of the elements of our Gmail signature and inserted links to websites, calls to action and social icons, it’s time to transform this table into something that likens a signature. The first thing I’ll do is resize my photo so that it’s in line with the text. The next thing I’ll do is resize the left column so that it more aptly fits the photo. We can also add a couple of spaces before the text so that they’re better aligned with the social icons. Let’s make this center line stand out by clicking on it, and changing the border width to 1.5 pt. Lastly, let’s change the color of all surrounding lines to white by clicking on each one, then on ‘border color’, and changing the color to white.
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