How to Make Digital Stamps

By Tammy Moore

Digital stamps, called “brushes” in Photoshop, are arguably the most important tools in graphic design. Any image or text can be converted into a stamp, which may then be used for painting, shading or erasing. Textures are turned into brushes and layered in the graphic design process to produce complex visual surfaces. Companies use logo brushes to brand various printed materials quickly and accurately. Pattern brushes can be manipulated in size and color for multiple uses. You can speed up your design time by creating your own digital stamps in Photoshop.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Artwork to convert to a stamp

Step 1

Open Photoshop. Click “File” in the top menu bar and select “Open” from the drop-down menu. Choose the image you wish to convert into a stamp and press “OK.”

Step 2

Double-click on the image layer in the Layers Palette. Press “OK.”

Step 3

Click “Image” in the top menu bar and choose “Adjustments,” then “Brightness/Contrast” from the drop-down menus.

Step 4

Click and drag the brightness and contrast sliders to the right until the image is crisp and the colors are exaggerated. The light tones will fade away into white. Press “OK.”

Step 5

Select “Image" from the top menu bar and choose “Adjustments,” then “Threshold” from the drop-down menus. Adjust the sliders until your image is stark black and white. Click “OK” when satisfied.

Step 6

Select the “Magic Wand” tool from the Toolbox. Click on the “Tolerance Level” field underneath the top tool bar. Type in “30” and press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

Step 7

Click on the “Add to Selection” button (it looks like two squares intersecting). Click on any white areas of your image. Press the “Delete” key on your keyboard when all the white areas have been selected.

Step 8

Select “Image” from the top menu bar and select “Image Size” from the drop-down menu. Click the “Constrain Proportions” radio circle in the pop-up box. Type in measurements of less than four inches tall and wide. Press “OK.”

Step 9

Click “Edit” in the top menu bar. Select “Define Brush Preset” and type in a brush name. Press “OK.”

Step 10

Click the downward-facing arrow next to your brush on the brush field underneath the top tool bar. Press the right-facing arrows on the top-right side of the drop-down menu. Select “Save Brushes.”