Hello Everybody and welcome to my Stamp making guide. You may be wondering, why is TheSaltyMonster making a stamp guide? Well the answer is because a lot of people have been asking me how I make my stamps, and how to get started. So here it goes, and pardon the journal title. Please also check out the stamp feature towards the end of the journal
If you use any of the resources I have included in this journal, make sure to credit the original artist in your deviation description
How to get started..
Well, first things come first: What do you want to make a stamp about? Is it dA related, is it of your favorite TV show, or food? Or is it just an inspirational quote?
This is absolutely the first step in planning.
Is your message funny, girly, cute, serious? Depending on the type of message you're going to be portraying, you need to choose an appropriate stamp:
would not be so appropriate for a stamp against bullying, but perfect for a cute stamp! So again, message is the most important part, the art of stamp is just to portray the message appropriately using the right resources.
I personally use because it's the "generic" stamp border. However, adding a different type of border can really get your message across in a different way!
I have dug up some stamp bases and you may find more here.
BackgroundDum de dum..
Moving along, after finding a stamp base (or making it) , you need to choose how to do a background. Do you want it in a gradient scheme? Do you want an image? These are all things to consider.
I make a pixelized gradient and then make my own pixelated images to support the stamp. I even sometimes use emotes in my stamp Also Note: Some stamp base templates come with their own colors and gradients.
Here are some stamp tutorials that help you with this process:
Again, the message is the most important part of the stamp and will help you determine what font to use. I use a site called dafont.com to find fonts I like. However, there are wonderful deviants here who provide fonts as well, I just searched "fonts" in browse and a lot came up.
Would you like to..add more?Optional Shiz
Personally, I use imageready 7 to animate my stamp. However, there is a free program called GIMP, which you can view here and learn how to animate in that as well. I have included a gimp animation tutorial also:
Here are some tutorials to sparkles, shine, and on general animation:
There you have itWe're almost done!
Remember, you don't need an image, you can make a text only stamp, or you can have an image without text. The points of a stamp is to get some sort of feeling across and that will happen in how you choose to create it I hope you enjoy the process of making one!
Congratulations! You now have some tools to help you get started on making your own stamp! Here are some links to stamp groups that have more resources:
Just some nice stamps!
Stamps by Me!
Hope this was helpfulHave fun making them!
Do you have questions?