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Digital Stamp Painting

April 7, 2010

ave you noticed that part of the increasing crossover between Digital Art and Paper Crafting is the explosion in the use of “Digital Stamps”? Linework and Drawings of every kind are being used in the same way as traditional rubber stamps. And not surprisingly, when you realize the advantages of easier storage and scalable designing. There are two main ways of using these digital stamps. You can print out the linework itself and then paint/ink/chalk as rubber stampers traditionally do. Or you can paint them digitally as well by learning a few basic techniques and tricks.

This lovely Ginger Jar was a free gift from June of Dezinaworld and I had a lot of fun playing with it. I decided I wanted to incorporate it into a card but I was having difficulty finding the right “fit” because of its shape. So I designed a trifold card to make the most of the beautiful curve of the jar while leaving plenty of room to add text and sentiment. Since the edge was easy to cut, I made it into a shaped card that still was able to stand well when opened.

o how do you paint digitally? Like with most things in Photoshop, there are a number of ways. You can of course use the vast array of “brushes” available. The two tools I chose to use in the Ginger Jar are the Paint Bucket Tool and the Gradient Tool. These are situated in the Toolbar, one behind the other (at least they are in my (ancient) version of PS!)

The Paint Bucket Tool is straightforward to use where you have an enclosed space.

Simply select your Foreground colour, select the Paint Bucket Tool,

and click inside the space…

(Best practice is to add paint on its own layer)

However, if the space is not enclosed – this is the result…

Tune in later for Newbie Notes on how to get around this

and on how to fill spaces using the Gradient Tool  😉

Drop Caps by Jessica Hirsche

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  1. July 9, 2010 3:36 pm

    This reminds me of my grandfather, he loves ginger and keeps a little jar of it next to his favourite armchair, lovely:)

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