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Stamp Series Project

Digital Imaging
Teacher: Ken Kimura
email: ken_kimura at lsrhs dot net
telephone: (978)443-9961 XT2221

For this project you will design a series of stamps in one Photoshop document. This assignment is to be based around a significant illustration or set of illustrations that you create in Photoshop, possibly using ORIGINAL scans and/or photographs. The series should reflect a single theme or idea. Each stamp in the series can either be an individual image, or can be one large image that is tiled into separate stamps.

Each stamp should include the following:
  • Price (the ¢ symbol can be typed by pressing option 4)
  • Country designation
  • Title (optional)
The stamps should be designed so that each stamp appears to be a part of a whole "set" or "series." The following instructions show how to set up the template for your stamps.

Making a Custom Pattern

A pattern of dots will be needed to create this template. These steps explain how to create the custom pattern.
  1. Create a new file that is 14 pixels square.
  2. Select the Elliptical Marquee tool
  3. Set it’s options so that it’s style is “fixed size:” 10 pixels wide and high.
  4. Make a selection in the dead center of your document
  5. Fill the selection with black and deselect (Apple D)
  6. Go to Filter Menu> Other > Offset
    • Offset the image by 7 pixels both horizontal and vertical
    • Make sure it’s set to “Wrap Around”
  7. Define this image as a pattern
    • Edit Menu > Define Pattern
Making the Stamp Layout
  1. Create a new document
    • 1120 pixels square
    • resolution: 250 ppi
    • Mode: RGB Color
  2. Fill the background layer with the new pattern
    • Edit Menu > Fill...
  3. Create a new layer (so that you can edit this at anytime)
  4. Define regions of your stamp design by using the rectangular marquee tool (set it’s style back to normal) by making rectangular selections around dots and filling with white.
  5. At this point you should have half dots all along the edge of your document, and a line of dots between each stamp.
We’re going to create 2 layers that will create the stamp effect. One layer will mask out the edges and holes of your stamp, and another layer will be the drop shadow of your stamp.

The Drop Shadow Layer
  1. While your dots and your white rectangles are still turned on, go to your Channels palette and duplicate the red channel.
  2. Command click on the that new channel - This will put a selection around everything that is white.
  3. Reactivate the RGB channel by clicking on the name of the RGB channel.
  4. Return to your Layers palette and create a new layer named “drop shadow”
  5. Turn off (Hide) all other layers
  6. While there is still a selection, fill it with any color. It won’t matter what color because it’s going to become invisible.
  7. Put a drop shadow on that layer
    • Layer Menu > Layer Style > Drop Shadow
    • Angle: 135 (which mean light is coming from the top left)
    • size and distance: 3 pixels
  8. Now here’s something brand new: In the layers palette, make sure the drop shadow layer is highlighted, then set the FILL to 0%. This will make it so that only the drop shadow is visible.
The Edges and Holes
  1. Set your colors to pure black and white. Reverse them if necessary so that black is the background color.
  2. Go to the channels palette and click on the Red Copy layer (make it so that it is the only channel visible.)
  3. Using the cropping tool, make the canvas slightly larger.
  4. Command click on the Red Copy layer. Again, this puts a selection around everything that is white.
  5. Reactivate the RGB layer (click on it’s name) and return to the layers palette.
  6. Invert the selection
    • Select Menu > Inverse
  7. Create a new layer and fill the selection with white.
  8. Make sure this layer is just below the drop shadow layer, and that both of these layers remain the top most layers as you create your stamp design.

Edited 1-9-12