Quick Tips: Create Classic Rubber Stamp Text Effect

Photoshop, Typography | May 21st, 2010

If you’ve ever got an application back with a big ‘Rejected’ stamp on it and your initial thought was “I wonder if I could make that in Photoshop?”, then our text effect is for you! The classic rubber stamp effect is always useful for adding dramatic emphasis to a design. Let’s get started!

Step 1

Begin by choosing a stencil type font and create your text.

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Step 2

Use the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) to create the shape around the text. With the Path Selection Tool (A), copy and paste the rectangle path onto itself, then change the mode to Substract from shape area and scale the pasted path down slightly to create the stamp border.

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Select the border shape and text layer, and hit Ctrl+E to merge them together.

Step 3

Create a new file at 800 x 800 pixels. Fill it with black and white clouds, press D to set black as your Foreground and white as background then go to Filter > Render > Clouds and save it as ‘clouds.psd’.

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Step 4

Now we add some imperfections. Return to your stamp file, select the merged layer and go to Filter > Distort > Displace. Keep the default values and select the ‘clouds.psd’ file you just created.

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Step 5

Duplicate the stamp layer and hide the original. On the copied layer, add a layer mask and run the Craquelure filter on the mask, go to Filter > Texture > Craquelure. Set the Spacing to 13, Depth to 8 and Brightness to 0. Run a Threshold Adjustment set to 128 (still on the mask). Finish this step with Filter > Blur > Blur More to soften the mask.

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Step 6

Duplicate the original stamp layer again and create a mask for this second copy. On this mask run Filter > Render > Clouds and follow that with the Stamp filter, select Filter > Sketch > Stamp. Set the Light/Dark Balance to 47 and Smoothness to 15.

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Step 7

Combine the two copied layers together and add a new layer mask to the combined layer. Select a mid-gray Foreground color, a white Background color and create a linear gradient on the mask. This should make the stamp ink darker at one end than the other.

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Step 8

Grab your Smudge Tool and select the Rough Round Bristle brush. Set the Smudge Strength to 50% and carefully smudge up the ink in a few areas so it appears that the stamp slid on the paper a bit and smeared the ink.

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Final Result

And there you have it! Your very own realistic ink stamp text. Click the image below to view the original version. I hope you enjoy my tutorial, please subscribe to Grafisia RSS feed or simply share this tutorial to your friends.

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6 Comments

  1. alice says:

    so simple … so realistic …

  2. jyoti ranjan das says:

    please give me : how to creat rounded rubber stamp through the help of page maker 7 & coral draw 3x with details step

  3. Martin Padilla says:

    Tks for your contribution!… I learned something new today… Tks!

  4. islamic says:

    very nice post it is. Please keep it up.. Thanks

  5. Amazing blog!!! I like this step wise step procedure to create the beautiful stamp. However, I am just wondering whether we need to create a mask copy of the second copy. I need to know whether creation of second copy is justified.

  6. Allan says:

    Very cool, I was looking for this, thanks…

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