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Stamp Photoshop Tutorial
Tutorials Photo Effects 39805 Views September 18th, 2011

Learn how to create a Photoshop stamp effect from this easy to follow tutorial. In just a few simple steps you can obtain a realistic mail stamp and also a stamped effect that can be applied to any image. I will use some Photoshop basics but also more advanced techniques like creating outlines with Work Path or adding effects with Filters.

If you want to skip some steps you can use stamp brushes instead of creating one from the scratch. As for the font used you can replace it with a free Photoshop stamp font. For all our registered users we giveaway the PSD file. I really hope you will find this tutorial useful enough to share it with your friends. And as a plus I will release a stamp action to help you create mail stamps even faster, so stay tune.


First open in a new psd file the photo that you want to transform into stamp. I have choosen my own blog mascot but it looks just as beautiful with any other image. Call this layer Photo Layer.

Add a simple 1px #907e60 border to this photo. Open the layer style window and check Stroke, 1px, outside and the color, as I've said, is #907e60.

With the Rectangle Tool draw a white shape like in the image, call it Photo Frame Layer. Select the two layers and with the Move Tool selected press Align Vertical Center and Align Horizontal Centers so that you center the two layers. Merge the two layers and call the new layer, Stamp Layer.

Add some text that describes the stamp. I have choosed Georgia Font Family but you can always search for a stamp font on the internet. Select the Stamp Layer and all the Text Layers and merge the. You have to rasterize the text layers first otherwise the Merge will not work.

Now comes the step where we transform the photo into a stamp. Select the Eraser Tool, choose a Hard Round Brush, size 15px.

Toggle the Brush Panel, select Brush Tip Shape and set the Spacing to 167% just like in the image.

Be sure you have the Eraser Tool and the Stamp Layer selected. Press SHIFT and simply draw a line around the edges of the stamp. The SHIFT pressed will help you draw straight lines in Photoshop. You should know that you can't make this border with a single move. You have to make 4 different lines with the Eraser Tool.

Another method, much faster, is to use Work Paths. Press CTRL and click the tumbnail of the Stamp Layer. Now the Stamp is selected. With the Restangular Marquee Tool selected right click on the selection and choose Make Work Path.

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11 comment(s) for "Stamp Photoshop Tutorial"

S???? Smith
9:53 AM Monday, September 19, 2011
Very nice tut! Such a cute stamp. ;) reply
9:54 AM Monday, September 19, 2011
thanks, I am glad you like my brand new tutorial ! reply
12:03 PM Wednesday, September 28, 2011
That is a fun tutorial. Not too hard but has some new useful techniques. Thank you! reply
12:04 PM Wednesday, September 28, 2011
you're welcome :) reply
6:54 AM Monday, October 24, 2011
6:55 AM Monday, October 24, 2011
I am so glad you like it! reply
12:04 AM Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Great! :D reply
1:25 AM Saturday, January 12, 2013
Easy but nice. Thanks a lot!!! I enjoyed doing it. reply
1:27 AM Saturday, January 12, 2013
It looks so cute !!!!! reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
this is very cute tutorial. very like it so much. will do this for my photography artworks :) reply
6:26 AM Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Another useful tutorial on How to Create a Postal Themed Gig Poster in Photoshop: reply

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