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Now that you have learned how to add a stamp to a document, try adding custom stamps to the Acrobat stamp library and using them as annotations. All stamp files must be saved as PDF files, and each page of a PDF document can be used as an individual stamp. We've provided a PDF file with two images that you can use for practice, or you can use your own artwork or photo images saved as PDF files.

1.
Choose File > Open. Select Stamps.pdf, located inside the Lesson07 folder, and click Open.



You'll prepare the Stamps.pdf file to be added to the Acrobat stamp library.

The Acrobat stamp library consists of several PDF files, which contain one or more stamps. Each PDF file has a category name, which appears in the Category menu in the Stamp Properties dialog box. Acrobat uses the document title of a PDF file as the category name. You'll specify a document title for the Stamps.pdf file using the General Info dialog box.

2.
Choose File > Document Info > General.

3.
Type JugglerToys in the Title text box, and click OK.

To be recognized by Acrobat, each stamp in a stamp file must be named. The name of each stamp should be in the following format:

<CategoryName><StampName>=<StampLabel>

The CategoryName is the name of the stamp category in English, the StampName is the name of the stamp in English, and the StampLabel is the name of the stamp in your native language. Acrobat uses the StampLabel as the name of the stamp listed in the Stamp Properties dialog box. This naming convention ensures that stamps can be easily identified when distributed to users of other languages.

You'll name each stamp in the Stamps.pdf file using Acrobat's Page Templates feature.

4.
If needed, go to page 1. Choose Tools > Forms > Page Templates.

5.
Type JugglerToysLibrary=Library in the Name text box, and click Add. Click Yes to confirm creating a new template using the current page. Then click Close (Windows) or Done (Mac OS) to close the Document Templates dialog box.



6.
Click the Next Page button () to go to page 2.



7.
Choose Tools > Forms > Page Templates. Type JugglerToysInternal=Internal in the Name text box, and click Add. Click Yes. Then click Close (Windows) or Done (Mac OS).

To be part of the Acrobat stamp library, all stamp files must be saved in the Stamps subfolder of the Plug-ins folder for Adobe Acrobat. You'll save the Stamps.pdf file in this location.

8.
Choose File > Save As, and save the Stamps.pdf file in the Stamps subfolder of the Plug-ins folder for Adobe Acrobat.

9.
Choose File > Close to close the Stamps.pdf file.

Now that you have added custom stamps to the Acrobat stamp library, you can use them as annotations. You'll apply the custom stamps to the marketing plan.

10.
Choose File > Open. Select Mktplan1.pdf, located inside the Lesson07 folder, and click Open.

11.
Hold down the mouse button on the notes tool () to display the set of hidden tools, and drag to select the stamp tool (). Click in the bottom left corner of the page.

The Confidential stamp appears. You'll change the stamp using the Stamp Properties dialog box.

12.
Choose Edit > Properties.

13.
For Category, choose JugglerToys. Select Library from the list in the left pane of the dialog box. Then click OK.


Click in bottom left corner of page.



Change stamp using Stamp Properties dialog box.


The first page of the Stamps.pdf file appears in the marketing plan as a custom stamp.

If needed, you can easily adjust the size and position of the stamp. To resize the stamp, drag one of the corner handles. To move the stamp, position the stamp tool inside the stamp and drag.


Drag corner handle to resize stamp.



Drag stamp to move it.


14.
Select the hand tool (), and click in the blank space in the document to deselect the stamp.

15.
Apply the Internal stamp from the JugglerToys category to the marketing plan. When you have finished, close the Mktplan1.pdf file. You do not need to save your changes.


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