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Making a digital stamp

Photoshop "stamps" are really easy to make. You’re actually using the Brush Tool, but instead of dragging it to paint with, you merely click it in place and your image is stamped onto the background. You can change the color of “ink” that you use, fool around with the opacity and blending mode, anything that you’d normally do in Photoshop.

After I cut out my expanded square with an exacto knife, I mounted all the pieces onto white cardstock. Then I scanned it.

So here’s how you can turn your scan into a Photoshop brush in 3 easy steps:

1. In the layers palette, double click on the background layer and rename it to layer 0.

2. Use the Magic Wand Tool to select the white background and delete it. Don’t forget about any white parts that are inside the square.

3. Go to Edit —> Define brush

That’s it! Give it a name and start playing with it. Try painting with it too…you never know. I suggest saving your file in a folder outside of Photoshop as well. When you do upgrades, you don’t want to lose all the brushes that you’ve created!

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any ideas why mine don't stamp when I click? I'm using Photoshop cs4
Cyndi L said…
Only one idea...make sure you have a color other than white selected when you're trying to stamp. Sometimes while you're making the stamp, the white gets selected as the primary color.