1 Open an image and double click background in the Layers Palette. This will make into a transparent background layer. Layer 0. (Layers Palette is in Window if it's not open)
2 Adjust brightness / contrast, so that most of the midtones disappear (Image>Adjustments> bright/con)
3 Then use the Threshold, (Image>Adjust>Threshold) this will make it into a strong black and white image
4 Use the magic wand tool to select all the white areas,(tolerance level 40-30) Zoom in and hold the Left Arrow  key down to select all the white pixels. Use Cut (Under Edit )to cut away all the white pixels and  will give you a transparent background with the black image. Resize >Image> Image size> In the image size box select arrow in width box and select percent. Type in 50 or whatever % you would like --dont make the stamps too big. This is your basic stamp
If you just want to make a simple stamp carry on to 5
Adding design details
You can leave it like this or add some more elements like type and decoration. Experiment, try different ideas to make your own unique stamp
Add Type To do this create a new layer. Click type tool and get a nice type face (some interesting typeface websites can be found on my links page) type in a word or short phrase and move to where you want. You may change it to white type to show on the black areas and or Rotate (Edit> Transform> Rotate) to fit in with your design
Add a frame To do this, use the selection tool around your image, go to Stroke (under Edit and specify the pixel width. Use undo or History to try different thickness)
Add Design Elements. To do this, find an image with some interesting pattern, or design. Crop the area you want to try, then follow procedures 1 to 4 to get a transparent image. Paste this into your stamp and move around to get the best position. You can enlarge or reduce its size by going to (Edit> Transform> Scale). You may have to erase some areas so as not to be confusing. Its best to keep the images quite simple at first. I used some areas from the Casino de Paris poster, the leopard spots and deco flowers
5. When you have your design, go to (Edit >Define brush ) and name your new stamp
6 Try the stamp out on a New page with a white background. Select the brush tool and in the top left hand (tool bar info) corner click on the black triangle. A pop up menu appears where you can scroll down to the stamp you saved. Click on your New paper and stamp. Try it choosing a different colour from the colour palette
Change the colours. Try different coloured backgrounds. To do this, make a new layer (no 2). and move it to the bottom, under layer 1 and with the rectangle selection tool, on Layer no2 make a rectangle over your stamp and fill with colour
To make it look like a two or more coloured inks printed, try this. Open New with a transparent background. Stamp your stamp. In the Layers Palette, double click and the Layer styles menu opens. Tick the Gradient box and double click to open Gradient styles. Select a gradient and while open, select the Move tool and on your stamp you can move the gradient how you want. In this menu you can make adjustments to its size, angle and colours. Have Fun, try different things, pattern and gradient overlays are also options.
use the Threshold,
Add Type
Open an image
Add Design Elements
I've  bought many  rubber stamps in the past but finding the costs and postage mounting up and also always wanting some newer design to use in my artworks, I was happy when I found that I could create my very own digital stamps (aka brushes). I know not everyone has Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro, but if you have and have never tried this as an extension to making images for you work, then you may have found a new creative tool. Once you have got the simple basic steps as set out below, there is no end to the experimentation to create your own personal imagery you can use time and time again. I have also made a page of links to other sites with Photoshop brushes (albeit more textural and grungy ) and a list of simple tutorials that I have been enjoying.
I have Photoshop6 for the PC and it is constantly in use for all my work. It's an amazing programme, and only limited by your imagination, a wonderful tool for all artists, not only digital but with inkjet transfers with gel medium, Lazertran and t shirt transfers, any prints can be translated into  real material.       Having way too much fun
Gillian Allen   dec04
coloured brush on coloured background
cropped design from poster added
colouring with the paint bucket
pattern overlay on a transparent gif
casino de paris image used for extra design elements
You can find some more info that will be useful at V brush tutorials like how to organize your new brushes and using Paint Shop Pro
Print out your new original stamps in the usual way, you can put as many on an A4 size paper as will fit. Try using different papers such as vellum or parchment, watercolour paper, OHP transparency film which you could layer over artwork. You can transfer them using any of the methods here
Find lots of Vintage Images to use here
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clown stamp made from vintage image above
clown stamp with gradient overlay
mouse over
Warning stamp making is very addictive