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Create a realistic stamp in Photoshop.

Author: Narnia

Tools Needed

  • Photoshop 7.0.1 or higher
  • Provided Custom Shape Pack

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Introduction

In this tutorial I am going to show you how easy and simple it is to create a realistic stamp in Photoshop. You could use this in your renders or in any other image project that requires stamps on things. The great part is that you can use any image you like!

Please Note: I am assuming that you know how to install the provided custom stamp shape in Photoshop. If not, then please refer to your Photoshop guide from Adobe on how to install this into your edition/version of Photoshop. Also some steps in this tutorial assume a basic knowledge of Photoshop and how to apply layer styles.

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Step 1 - Create a New Document

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The first step is to create a new document. Here we will simply use the Photoshop default size.

Step 2 - Create the Stamp Boarder

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Using the Custom Shape Tool, select the stamp shape in the shape palette. Form the shape in the new document/canvas. Remember to hold the shift key down during the sizing of the shape to fix the aspect ratio.

Step 3 - Create the cut out for the picture.

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Now using the rectangular marquee tool, make a selection over the stamp shape about the same ratio as the boarder, but smaller in scale. This will be the cut out. After you have positioned the selection, go to the select menu and select, Select - > Inverse. This will inverse the selection.

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Now simply add a layer mask to the layer to 'cut out' the center of the stamp. This is where the picture will be put.

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Step 4 - Add some depth to the stamp.

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This is a simply step. First make sure you change the color of the boarder to white. Since this a vector shape, double click the color icon on the layer to do so.

Then simply add a drop shadow and bevel to the stamp border layer.

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I used a drop shadow with a distance of 3 and a size of 3. Plus a bevel using a style of 'Inner Bevel', a Technique of 'Smooth', and a size of 2. Also remember to set the bevel direction 'up' so that it looks raised.

Step 5 - Add the picture.

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This is a simple step also. All you need to do is cut and paste an image to want to use into the stamp document.

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Then, using the rectangular marquee tool, make a selection over the stamp shape but while the picture layer is selected in the layers palette. After you have positioned the selection, go to the select menu and select, Select - > Inverse. This will inverse the selection.

While the inverted selection is still active press delete, this will crop the picture to fit into the stamp's boarder limits.

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Step 6 - Add Text

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If you want it to look real, simply add some text. I have added DAZ and 39 for the price of the stamp. Be creative, you're the stamp designer!

Step 7 - Stamp is Done!

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And pesto! You are done!