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Tue May 1, 2012, 9:05 AM

Stamp Guide


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. :la: 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 :dummy:

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.  

Stamp Base


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:

Lace Stamp Border #1 by Gasara 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 Stamp Template by zilla774 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.


Background

Dum 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 :la: Also Note: Some stamp base templates come with their own colors and gradients.
Here are some stamp tutorials that help you with this process:

Stamp Tutorial by SparkLum How to make a Stamp by rhr-forever Emote Base Pack, Take Two by stuck-in-suburbia


Text

Dooby Doo..
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:
Prosaixs sexy shine tutorial by prosaix Animated Stamp Tutorial by irinarichards GIMP Animation Tutorial by 12hc12 Pixel Art-Sparkle Tutorial by LittleKai




There you have it

We'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 :la: 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:

:iconstamp-kingdom: :iconstamp-heaven: :icondeviousstamps:

Just some nice stamps!


:thumb285575126: i love my DS stamp by RRRAI Earth stamp by Mizzi-Cat    :thumb276648791: :thumb243816620:  Sticks and Stones Stamp by Mirz123  I Support dAmnMobile by litecrush It's ridiculous. by nikkittie

Stamps by Me!

Hope this was helpful

Have fun making them!
Do you have questions?

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:iconsamlilsammy:
SamLiLSammy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
where can I find canvas?
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:iconminakie:
Minakie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Besides GIMP, there's another free and very user friend animator, called unFREEz :)
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pEnELoPe3six Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
just asking. I made a stamp. But when I uploaded it, it needs a preview image. Can you tell me how I fix that?
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
That's confusing, is it bigger than 150x150? Stamps should generally be smaller than that. :)
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:iconpenelope3six:
pEnELoPe3six Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I don't know I only knew that I used this as stamp base: [link] Oh I forgot, my stamp is made from an animated gif.
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
That is strange. Can you note me the link to your stamp? I'll try to see.:)
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:iconpenelope3six:
pEnELoPe3six Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Here: [link]
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pEnELoPe3six Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Oh my gosh I'm sorry for the inconvenience! I guess its background is the big thing. I've already made the stamp perfectly so here it is:[link]
I'm sorry!
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
:iconthanksfeatureplz:
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Not a problem!
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GLoabalGOthian Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I love it!
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
:D
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:icongloabalgothian:
GLoabalGOthian Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
I love to make you happy.
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
That's really sweet ;u;
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GLoabalGOthian Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Well thank you it makes me happy!
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:iconlitecrush:
litecrush Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks again for the feature. :D
This is awesome. :la:
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Thanks :D And no problem!
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:iconlitecrush:
litecrush Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
<3
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tech-17 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
if you want a simple animated stamp (the kind that just alternates between 2 or 3 pages because of the length of the quote) and you want an easier way to animate it, there is also [link] which is what i use.
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Thank you, I'll update the article with that and a few other things next week ;u;
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dynamicability Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
:heart: stamps
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Me too :3
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MeanWhatuSay Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! I never knew how to make an animated stamp.
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
^^ Well you can download GIMP and animate now :) (GIMP is free)
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:iconunrehearsedsplendour:
UnrehearsedSplendour Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooo very interesting!

I've made my very 1st two last night :XD:
What a great way to express yourself.
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
^^ Very nice!
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:iconsoliarum:
Soliarum Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll have to bookmark this page for future use. :p
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Haha :) Awesome
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:iconravers-disease:
Ravers-Disease Featured By Owner May 3, 2012   General Artist
I never understood how to make animated stamps (except strobing) plus all I have is corel painter and adobe photoshop elements so making stamps for me is hard to do since they are so small. What programs do you use for yours? And...how can I make them easier to work with despite their size
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
The guide goes over animation under "Add more?" there is a free program you can download called GIMP and I have listed some tutorials for animations. :)

As listed above, I use imageready 7 to animate stamps and photoshop 7 to make them. ^^

As to your question on how to make them easier to work with- what do you mean? What do you find hard about them besides their size? If the size is the only issue, I suggest zooming in to get all the details you want on it :)
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skylights2ne1 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
where are stamps used ? sorry im a noob . haha :3
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I think somebody answered this questions, but you can use it on journals, custom boxes, or your devID box. They are just a form of how to express yourself on da :la:
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:iconchurien:
churien Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
in journals or custom boxes or artist comments (need premium membership), wherever you wanna use them :la:
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:iconmig515:
Mig515 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
stamp are really really nice! Maybe I should make one. And thanks for the infos and tips! YAAAYYY!!!
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
:D Good luck!
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Smasher-X Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
check my tutorial
[link]
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Very nice :la: Too bad I don't understand spanish XD;
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Rigune Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
ooh cool beans! Thanks for the tips :'D


I think ican sorta stamp > : D.

Do you think you can do a journal about emoticons? Because i have no idea how to do those ; w ;.
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Haha good luck!

Emoticons- sure I'll try ^^; There is an emoticon pack up there for you to test out if you wish.
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
And also:

YES, I THINK I CAN STAMP! :la: :la: :la:

:lmao:
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
:dummy: HAHA
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ClefairyKid Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Darn it, the title grabbed me right away thinking there was going to be some amazing stamp making contest show down :lmao: But this is nice as well, reminds me of the article I wrote about stamps a year or so ago, although mine was about stamps in general, rather than just the making of. Nice to see someone out there promoting them and raising more awareness about them though, it's one of those categories where there is a lot of misconceptions and thus I don't feel like it's ever quite reached it's full potential. :clap:
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
:XD: Epic Stamp showdown, dayum this needs to happen sometime lmaoooooo!

^^ Glad you like the guide :3
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
:lmao: It really does! :la:
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
:XD:
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Faded2Indie Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Writer
Could I ask you to submit this to my :iconproject-pay-forward: Group? We are gathering useful tutorials about everything, and I think this one would be great to have in our folder. You did such a nice job of making it clear and understandable, I think even I might be able to make one.... :giggle:
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
^^ Thank you so much, I will do so <3
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Faded2Indie Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Writer
:heart: Thank you too!
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:iconoperia:
Operia Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful tutorial, good work :clap:
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:iconthesaltymonster:
TheSaltyMonster Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Thanks a lot :3
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