Saturday, October 27, 2012

Digital Stamps Tutorial

Today, I am going to show you how I use my Digi Stamps with an easy
Photoshop Tut.
The sentiment digi is from
QKR Stampede
10907Ancient

This is the card I showed you yesterday.  
The post for it can be found here.

I have taken the leap into digi and I am not looking back.
I totally enjoy creating with my computer and using digital image files.
Not only do digi stamps take up less room you indeed have more
creative freedom of use.
Size
&
Color
 are my go to examples.

Below is the digi as you see it in the
QKR Stampede Store
it is a JPG image file.
This means the background is not transparent.
With digital stamps more often than not the background
will be white.

1.  Download your digital image
2.  Open digital stamp in Photoshop
3.  Use the file menu to duplicate your file
(this way you are not making any changes to your original digi stamp)
4.  Close your original file
5.  Select your magic eraser tool and 
begin clicking in on the background
 to remove.
(in the photo below I left some white in Ancient so you can see the process)
I do this because I love to add drop shadows and outlines and the finished project
is more awesome with transparency.

6.  Apply your colors and effects
Then I added a complex  Color Target function.
In order to do these functions you MUST remove the entire background from the jpg.

When you don't remove the entire background you end up with something like this:
NOT PRETTY!

Here is the digital stamp colored and saved as a png file 
to maintain the transparency done the proper way:
Print it off in the size you need and you are good to go.
That is an easy way using the content short cuts 
(and there are MANY to choose from).

So my suggestion is to always remove the JPG white background
and when you save your file after you are completed save 
as a PNG.

So are you ready to give this digi sentiment stamp a try?
Meribeth from QKR Stampede has agreed to let me give this digi sentiment ancient to my blog readers.
AWESOMESAUCE!  Thank you, Maribeth;)
Please, leave a comment below with your EMAIL address so we can send you your free image.

You can also download the background I created for my card, just click on image and save the file.




2 comments:

Cheryl said...

What a great tutorial!! Isn't it amazing what you can create with digital???

Chris said...

what a great idea! love your tutorial!