- 0. Carving Menu
- 1. Materials
- 2. Finding Images
- 3. Transfer Image
- 4. Carving the Stamp
- 5. Mounting
- 6. Samples
Stamp Carving 101
Finding Images: How to Turn a Digital Photo Into a Rubber Stamp
This page is intended to give some guidance on how to use Adobe® Photoshop® to turn a digital picture into a rubber stamp. This technique can be particularly useful for folks who, like me, have better Photoshop skills than freehand art skills. These hints and instructions likely apply to other photo editing software but are geared towards Photoshop since that is what I use.
Depending on the original image, this process can be very easy or may wind up being virtually impossible to obtain acceptable results. More traditional methods will still be preferable for many designs.
- Use the pencil or line tool (or other tool) to darken places where there should have been dark lines but none showed after the stamp filter. Use white to remove unwanted detail. This is easy and works best for photos needing little adjustment. Draw in black with a brush size near the size of the desired resulting stamp line width.
- Adjust the brightness and contrast of the photo. You may want to limit the adjustment to selected portions of the photo. Higher contrast helps bring out detail, lower hides detail.
- Use the dodge and/or burn tools to lighten/brighten smaller portions of the photo that need particular help. Dodge dark areas to bring out detail. Dodge light areas to hide detail. Vice versa for burn. This probably works best for hiding unwanted detail.
- If the stamp lines were too large, increase the image size. If too small, decrease the image size. Resize from an original sized image, not from an already resized image. Details can be quickly lost when resizing. Save work often!
- Use Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask... to sharpen the image to bring out detail.
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