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Part 12. Just for Fun > Turning a Photo into a Rubber Stamp

Turning a Photo into a Rubber Stamp

Rubber stamps are just plain fun to play with, especially once you get into all the fancy inks, embossing powders, and the like. And with Photoshop Elements, you're not restricted to the stamps you ll find at the store—you can make your own.

With the image open, choose the Eraser tool.

Erase the image's background, leaving only the portion you want to be the stamp.

Choose Filter, Artistic, Poster Edges.

Adjust the settings so the areas that will be the stamp are black; then click OK.

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From Concept to Reality

When your artwork is ready, convert it into a rubber stamp by Create a Stamp (www.createastamp.com), The Stampin Place (www.stampin.com), Simon's Stamps (www.simonstamp.com), or other specialists.


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Contrast Is the Key

For best results, choose a picture of an object against a contrasting background. It helps if there's some contrast within the object's outlines, too, unless it's recognizable merely from its silhouette.


Choose Image, Mode, Grayscale.

Choose Enhance, Adjust Lighting, Brightness/Contrast.

Drag both sliders all the way to the right and click OK.

Use the Eraser to clean up around the stamp's edges if necessary.


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