In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a realistic rubber stamp effect in Photoshop. Turn any photo into a rubber stamp in just a few quick steps.
How to Create a Rubber Stamp Effect in Adobe Photoshop
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:
- Grunge Stained Paper Texture
- Rubber Stamp Photoshop Brushes
- Old Envelope Stamp Brushes
- Grunge Photoshop Brushes
- Circle Photoshop Shapes
- Man PortraitStock Image
- Intro Font Type
1.How to Create the Grunge Paper Background
Create a new850 x 550pxdocument. You can, of course, use another size for your PSD file, but you have to proportionally adjust all the sizes used in this tutorial.
Add theGrunge Stained Paper Texturein a new layer.
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer and add a Gradient Map adjustment. The colors used for the gradient map are
2.How to Create the Rubber Stamp Shape
Pick the Ellipse Tool. Keep the Shiftkey pressed while you draw, to create a perfect round circle. Call this layer Circle 1.
HitCommand/Control-Jto duplicate theCircle 1 layerthree times, and call the layersCircle 2,Circle 3, andCircle 4.
Set the Fillof the Circle 1 layer to 0% and also add a Stroke of6 px, color
For the Circle 2 layer hitCommand/Control-T to scale the shape. Make sure to click on the Maintain Aspect Ratio button and set the scale to 95%.
Set theFillof theCircle 2layer to0%and also add aStrokeof4px, color
For theCircle 3layer, hitCommand/Control-Tto scale the shape. Make sure to click on theMaintain Aspect Ratiobutton and set the scale to 75%.
Set theFillof theCircle 3layer to0%and also add aStrokeof6px, color
For theCircle 4layer, hitCommand/Control-Tto scale the shape. Make sure to click on theMaintain Aspect Ratiobutton and set the scale to75%.
Set theFillof theCircle 4layer to0%and also add aStrokeof4px, color
Download the Circle Photoshop Shapes and load the CSH file in Photoshop. Go to Edit > Preset Managerand choosePreset Type > Custom Shapes. Click the Load button to load the CSH file.
Set the Foreground color to
#000000. Pick the Custom Shape Tool and make sure you have the Defined Proportions option checked. For this tutorial, I used shape no.17, but you can use any shape you like.
3.How to Add Text on the Rubber Stamp
Click on theVector Mask Thumbnail of theCircle 3 layer. Pick the Horizontal Type Tooland move directly over the circle path. The cursor will change to anI-beam with a dotted wavy linethrough it.
I used the Intro font andcolor
#000000for the text. You can use another font type and another color.
4.How to Create the Photo Stamp Effect
Add the Man Portrait stock image on a new layer.
Keep the Control key pressed and click on theVector MaskThumbnail of the Circle 4layer to make a selection.
Click on the Add Layer Mask button from the Layers tab to add a mask for theMan Portraitlayer.
Make sure the Foreground color is set to
#000000 and the Background color is set to
#ffffff, otherwise the next photo effect will not look right.
Go to Filter > Sketch > Stampand set the Light/Dark Balance to 4 and the Smoothness to 1.
Open the Layer Style window of the Man Portrait layer. TheBlend Ifsliders are at the foot of this dialog.Use the sliders calledThis Layerto remove the white color. Simply drag the right slider to 180 to hide the white color.
Right-click on theMan Portraitlayer and choose Convert to Smart Object.
5.How to Add a Grungy Effect
Select all the stamp layers (theCirclelayers, theTextlayer and theMan Portraitlayer), right-click on the layers, and chooseConvert to Smart Object.
Add a Layer Mask to the Man Portrait Smart Object. Pick the Brush Tooland set the Brush Size to around 800 px. Also set the Foreground Color to
#000000. Use theGrunge Photoshop Brushesto create grungy stamp effects; use different brushes.
Create a new layer and call it Stamp Lines. Pick the Brush Tool and from the Rubber Stamp Photoshop Brushes, use the stamp-lines brush.
Add a Layer Mask to the Stamp Lines layer. Again, use the Grunge Photoshop Brushesto create grungy stamp effects and also to hide some parts of the stamp lines that cover the stamp.
6.How to Create a Multi-Colored Rubber Stamp
If you want to create a multi-colored rubber stamp, you can add a Color Overlay layer style to theManPortrait Smart Object using color
#d9a4ae, or you can add different colors for the layers inside the SmartObject.
For the final touches, create a new layer and call itOld Envelope Stamp Brushes. You can use the OldEnvelope Stamp Brushes to add a realistic old envelope effect. Use color
#b24659 and color
#b24659 to add different stamps.
Congratulations! You’re Done!
In this tutorial, you’ve learned how to create a rubber stamp effect in Photoshop from scratch using brushes and textures.I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial.