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Chapter 7. Adding Comments > Creating Custom Stamps

Creating Custom Stamps

You can use any graphic program that can save a file as a PDF to create custom stamps for Acrobat. You'll get the best results, however, if you create the graphic in a vector-based program such as Adobe Illustrator, because you'll be able to resize the stamp and keep the clean vector lines, rather than getting pixilated (rough, bumpy) edges. Because Acrobat treats PDF documents as containers for stamps, you can export an Illustrator document as a PDF page and use that “page” as a stamp. Acrobat knows enough to discard the white space around the graphic, so only the content area of the page will become the new stamp.

To create a custom stamp in Illustrator and Acrobat

1.
In Adobe Illustrator, create the artwork you want to use as a stamp (Figure 7.43).

Figure 7.43. Here's the Illustrator artwork I've created to use as a custom stamp within Acrobat.


2.
Choose Save As from the File menu.

The Save As dialog box appears (Figure 7.44).

Figure 7.44. When I save the file, I give it a name—pigstamp—that tells me what to look for within Acrobat.


3.
Choose Acrobat PDF from the Format pop-up menu (Figure 7.45). This brings up the Adobe PDF Format Options dialog box. Choose your settings and click OK.

Figure 7.45. Choose a format from the pop-up menue at the bottom of the Save As dialog box.


4.
In the Save As dialog box, choose a save location and click OK to save your artwork as a PDF.

5.
In Acrobat, choose Create Custom Stamp from the Stamp tool pop-up menu (Figure 7.46).

Figure 7.46. Choose Create Custom Stamp from the Stamp tool's pop-up menu.


This brings up the Select Image for Custom Stamp dialog box (Figure 7.47).

Figure 7.47. The Select Image for Custom Stamp dialog box lets you find the stamp and name it.


6.
Click the Browse button to bring up the Open dialog box (Figure 7.48).

Figure 7.48. Find your stamp using the Open dialog box.


7.
Navigate to the file and click the Select button (Figure 7.49). This takes you back to the Select dialog box, which should now display the stamp and the location. Click the OK button to return to the Create Custom Stamp dialog box.

Figure 7.49. Locate the file and click Select.


You'll now see the stamp in the Create Custom Stamp dialog box.

9.
Enter a category and a name for the new stamp, then click OK (Figure 7.50).

Figure 7.50. The stamp you created will show in the Create Custom Stamp dialog box.


10.
Choose the new stamp from the Stamp tool menu (Figure 7.51).

Figure 7.51. Choose the new stamp from the submenu for the category you specified.


11.
Drag out your new stamp to the size you'd like (Figure 7.52).

Figure 7.52. Place the new stamp and drag it out to the size you'd like.



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