Create Your Chop

This illustration provides a detailed exercise on how to prepare a personal chop.  A person chop refers to the name chop of a given company’s legal representative, and synonymously used as a signature for letters. It cannot be equated to a stamp that only mimics a physical signature, but is made with carved-out letters bearing the name of the representative. The chop is associated with inherent security risks, and usually has a ‘fan chop’ that is used for multipage documents.

The procedure of making a personal chop should start with first making initials about one’s name. A chop can be made as square or circular. Attempt  curving it  as black square or circle, then select your desired initial symbol, and choose the color you like, let it be white (Cloutier, 2002).  Subsequently, click the ‘Add to Shape Area’ button on top of the Pathfinder palette. Then, place your initial chosen symbol on top of the square or circle. You are free to choose Object>Position>Bring to Front so as to get on top of the base shape. You may have decided to apply similar Roughen settings to your square or circle. The moment all the shapes are arranged accordingly, select both the base shape and the initial symbol (Sheridan, 2000).

When it comes to adding texture, ink stamps do have a texture though the ink coverage is not perfect. Adding some texture to the already made chop, you are required to select the Line Segment tool by drawing some short lines on the pinnacle of chop. You proceed immediately to selecting all the lines and setting the stroke cloud to White. Resultantly, gently click on the Galaxy art brush in the area of Brushes palette; an act that would allow you to apply dots to the lines. Try to slowly move the lines around bit by bit and position the spatters to any region you want them.

Below is the best example of a well-developed personal chop. Though it has been merged with several others, and can be ideal in functioning.


Cloutier, G. (2002, December 2). Illustrator How-To: Creating Your own Chop. Retrieved            March 27, 2015, from

Sheridan, J. (2000). The Chinese chop: A Lily Wu mystery. Boulder, Colo.: Rue Morgue Press.