Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create the Look of a Rubber Stamp!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create the look of a rubber stamp. And then later, I’ll show you how to stamp it onto an image. This is an update of a tutorial
I did on an earlier version of Photoshop. Create a new document by pressing Ctrl + N
on Windows or Cmd + N on a Mac. Make the Width: 1550 pixels, the Height: 870 pixels and the
Resolution: 150 pixels per inch. The color mode is RGB and 8 bits per channel. Then,
click OK or press Enter or Return. Press Shift + the F5 key at the top of your keyboard to
open the Fill window. Open the fly-out menu, choose Black and click OK. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and choose a font. I’m using “Stencil Standard Bold”. If you’d like to use it, I
provided its link in my video’s description or project files. I’ll make its size: 100
points, Sharp and Center alignment. Click the color box to open the Color Picker. Pick
a bright red. You can always change its color later if you want. It’s hexadecimal code is
FF0000. Then, click OK. Click the center of your document and type out your text. Next,
we’ll create a frame that will surround it. Open your Move Tool and click the New Layer
icon to make a new layer. Click the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” and choose “Shape”. If you’re
working on CS5 or earlier, the Shape Tool is here. Click the “Fill” box and click the
thumbnail that has a red, diagonal line across it. This is the “No Fill” icon. Click the
“Stroke” box and click the bright red color. Make its width: 10 points and the Radius:
75 pixels. Click the gear icon and tick “Unconstrained”. Go to a corner and drag out the shape to the
opposite corner. To remove the work path, press the Escape key on your keyboard, twice. To center your text and frame, Shift-click on your text to make that layer active, as well.
Open your Move Tool and press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select it all. Click the “Align Horizontal
Centers” icon and the “Align Vertical Centers” icon. Then, deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Merge the 2 layers by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + E. Make a composite snapshot of your
image by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the “Brush Strokes” folder and click “Spatter”. Make the Spray Radius: 16 and the Smoothness: 8. Then, click OK. Presently, the text is
too ragged, so we’ll confine the spatter to just the inside the original text’s shape.Go
to Select and Color Range. Choose “Red”. This selected everything that’s red. Now that
we have a selection of the spattered text and frame, we can trash the composite snapshot. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the original text and frame. Next, we’ll make our rubber stamp look worn by adding scratches to it. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. Click the gear icon. I’m opening a series of Scratches
created by Dawghouse Design Studio. If you’d like to use it, I provided its link, as well.
When you see this message, click OK to replace the current brushes with the scratch brushes.
I’ll click this one, but feel free to experiment with them. Notice they’re all 2500 pixels,
which is huge, so let’s reduce your brush’s size. Make sure your CapsLock key is not on
and press the left bracket key on your keyboard a number of times until your brush is approximately
this size. Click a few times over your rubber stamp to make the scratches appear increasingly dark. To make it easier to navigate over your document, open your Move Tool by pressing
“v” on your keyboard. If you want to change your stamp’s color, click the Adjustment
Layer icon and click “Solid Color”. By clicking on the Color Slider and the Color Field, you
can change its color. Then, click OK. To see your rubber stamp, we need to clip the adjustment layer. To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. Double-click on the adjustment layer to open the Color Picker. Continue to play with the colors until
you have a color you like for your stamp. Since I want the original red color for my
stamp, I’ll click “Cancel” and trash the adjustment layer. Next, we’ll place your rubber stamp
over an image. Go to File and “Place Embedded”. Find the location of the file you want to
place the rubber stamp onto and click on it. Then, click “Place”. To resize it, go
to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt + Shift as you drag it
in or out. To reposition it, go inside the Transform and drag it. Then, press Enter or
Return of click the checkmark at the top. Drag the layer below your rubber stamp and
make the stamp active. Change its Blend Mode to Multiply, so we can see the image under
it. If you’re using the adjustment layer for the stamp’s color, just change the blend mode
of the Adjustment layer to Multiply. Use your Transform Tool to adjust its angle and size.. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  1. Midis D May 25, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Nice work!

  2. vodyn18 May 25, 2015 at 3:36 am


  3. YRPOWERTA TV May 25, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Simple and nice 👍

  4. Renagzy May 25, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Great tut!

  5. ManoS EnCore May 25, 2015 at 6:41 am

    How to do Joker Face with scars next plz ?

  6. FINIX May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am


  7. Geno Myster May 25, 2015 at 9:58 am

    How to do Joker Face with scars next plz ?

  8. ? May 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Why did you turn off the rating on all the other videos?

  9. Jimmy Omega May 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    he's a god

  10. Mir DZ Gamer May 25, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    nice man 
    i liked your voice …. He's very concept

  11. kun hoh May 26, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Always thank you's

  12. achi bhai May 26, 2015 at 5:47 am

    now thats how you make a tutorial ……..keep it up

  13. Laura Lodder-Beeby May 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

    It's not allowing me to install the brushes on CC…says they aren't compatible! Help?

  14. Mehmood NK May 26, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    excellent  very good explanation

  15. Md soula May 26, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    thanks dad

  16. Noha Sami May 26, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    ho to make something like that and

  17. ironman May 27, 2015 at 1:47 am

    You are the best my friend!!!

  18. Photoshop Automation May 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    it is always a Pleasure to watch your videos, Marty you are the best.

  19. Iván Guth May 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Change black to scratch!

  20. Ned Bately May 27, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    "Place Embedded" is only available in Photoshop CC 14.2 update.

  21. Dangwaflorist May 28, 2015 at 3:27 am

    this man is a photoshop genius…

  22. Dangwaflorist May 28, 2015 at 3:29 am

    lovable voice…

  23. Giri Nathan May 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    +Blue Lightning TV Perfect! Explained Marvelously in each and every tutorial of Blue Lightning TV !! Waiting for the next tutorial

  24. Dinesh Kumar May 31, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    how to get tat video effect .. frm 7.43 minutes

  25. Jake Hannon May 31, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    make one on how to make yourself with a famous person

  26. Lucky Bird June 4, 2015 at 8:15 am

    hi! can u send the link from where i can download brushes n specially 'scratches by dawghouse'.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  27. Benjamin Dod June 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    So you're basically the tutor4u of photoshop then

  28. Roller's Ramblings June 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    This helped me a great deal for a work project…Thanks!!

  29. M. Reha ERMETİN July 15, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    when we got brush whats the opacity and flow and brush color? I change it and I dont remember what it is pls help

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  32. Gary Burke September 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks Marty, love your tutorials, so clear.

  33. Yekaterina Rabczynski September 22, 2015 at 11:40 am

    How can i save my result without black background?

  34. Md soula November 1, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    you are the boss of ps

  35. franksfriends1 December 3, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I've watched tutorials online for many many years and yours have been by far the best I have ever come across on YouTube, thanks so much 🙂

  36. CornerGrosh February 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Hi, great tutorial except for one part that I am having trouble understanding. When you add the scratches you didn't mention what color or settings to pick. I figured it must be black and now I ended up with a red stamp and black scratched over it instead of empty space. Some help would be appreciated, thanks.

  37. Yaser Samak February 13, 2016 at 8:47 am


  38. Gmind Creations February 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks Marty. You are a source inspiration. But why do I have keep my CAP LOCK OFF while using the brush? Thanks in anticipation

  39. Molly April 7, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    this was posted on my birthday. sweet.

  40. bharat gupta April 9, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Love You..may god bless you..

  41. 7dhernandez May 4, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    The BEST tutorial I have ever watched. I want more!

  42. SUGAR XYLER !!! May 16, 2016 at 2:22 am

    here's my stamp (*_~)

  43. Tyrion May 25, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    5:19 what key iis that on a german keyboard layout???

  44. Horattio Nullbuilt July 25, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Спасибо большое

  45. Draw So Easy August 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    i love this video

  46. Canal NewGame Project September 29, 2016 at 12:04 am

    That was the best Tutorial I have ever seen on YouTube! Keep up the good work 🙂

  47. Lookin4Reasons2Laugh October 14, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Yeesh. How did you ever learn this? Thank you for sharing, because I never would've figured this out on my own. Here we goooo…..

  48. Ferzîn Azad October 22, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Thank you

  49. Nelson Jiménez October 27, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Thnks Martin!!

  50. OneHelluvaGuy October 30, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Amazing tutorial man gg 😉

  51. Dimosthenis Hellas November 30, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Exellent turtorial.
    The only part I want to learn is , how to add a stamp in a video .
    Like yours in the end.

  52. Dan P. Brodt December 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm


  53. ZSB Mardan December 25, 2016 at 6:23 am

    wonderful buddy
    That's wonderful video i've ever and never seen.

  54. traso March 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm


  55. Rogier7305 March 23, 2017 at 10:41 am

    This helped me a lot. Thank you.

  56. Scarlet April 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Excellent as always, Marty.

  57. Scarlet April 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Marty, why capslock should not be on?

  58. Kane DeArch May 5, 2017 at 10:09 am

    best tutorial ever 10/10

  59. Basel Guzlan May 9, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Thanks bro, it's perfect👌

  60. shefeek shajahan May 13, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Scratches for Windows not working….

  61. crocdoc2 May 22, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Nicely done tutorial. Very clear and explained well.

  62. anna saunders June 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Great, clear tutorial. Thank you!

  63. CHI SAMUEL July 2, 2017 at 3:52 am

    thank you so much
    but my brush is'nt working any help please

  64. Uttam Talukder July 25, 2017 at 9:48 am

    can anyone tell me about seal blue colour code please?

  65. Fernando Joaquin Menino August 5, 2017 at 2:54 am

    The link to Windows scratches its not working

  66. Simon Gillespie August 11, 2017 at 2:48 am

    It was going ok until you said 'confine the splatter'…. and gave no indication of how to do that, rendering the otherwise great tutorial completely useless.

  67. Rick and Karen Timmers August 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Best Tutorial Ever!! Your voice is not boring, it captivates you to learn. Thank you 🙂

  68. Subhankar Deysarkar August 30, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Very nice tutorial sir. But I think when you will get the document printed it won't look like a original seal but a printed one. Is there any solution for this ?

  69. Igor Socha September 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Nice, thanks! Btw. I would recommend to convert the text to Smart Object instead of merging those layers. Thus the text can be changed in the future if needed…

  70. TheDefector September 15, 2017 at 3:04 am

    How do I then make this transparent so I can place it over video. Any clues people?!

  71. Deep Soul November 14, 2017 at 10:34 pm


  72. Aya Ghobashy February 5, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks a lot, you're great 🙂 I did it and I am happy I've learnt from you

  73. handiann March 10, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Hi, This is great, as are all Blue Lightening TV videos. I have a problem though. When applying scratches, I can see the effect on the tiny layer mask image in the Layers panel, but nothing happens to the stamp on the main screen. Help please? Thanks. Am using PS cc 18

  74. Ness March 10, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Wait how do you do that part?

  75. Pouya Vagefi April 6, 2018 at 1:21 am

    Does anyone know the software he is using for recording the screen with those awesome zoom effects ?

  76. Jeff Lotter, Esq. April 27, 2018 at 3:41 am

    great video!

  77. Ces Musik June 13, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you very much, the scratches link isn't working. it just pulls up a bunch of script

  78. Chika Okolo July 22, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Interactive and simple👌

  79. Grandolp Media August 3, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    GREAT TUTORIAL but is the scratches not usable with photoshop 2018? Doesnt seem to work.

  80. Paul Grant August 11, 2018 at 4:57 am

    You are the best tutorial video creator I know. Straight to the point with all the right detail. No unnecessary information about your day or your pet. No annoying teen talk with the common overly used fad words (What's up?! What's going on?! Today this, today that, like… like… like, I'm gonna go ahead and do this, I'm gonna go ahead and do that). This video is well structured, with a pleasant narrating voice. This is the first channel ever I subscribe to. Thanks!

  81. Francisco Roberto Cisneros Jr October 13, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Very Nice BRO ! Thanks a lot for this TUT !

  82. Dread Vaulkin January 3, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    thank you! this was super easy to follow and perfect for what i needed!

  83. Eric Severin January 17, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    So amazing tutorial well explained, easy to follow may Almighty God grant yuh more success..

  84. Macc U Mental February 14, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    So how would I do this in CS5 ? Because the fill and stroke options are not how your program is… And stops all further progress. Please help

  85. alan-mf March 8, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    This tutorials was one of the best I've ever seen. Congrats

  86. alan-mf March 8, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Buuuuut this brush is no longer compatible with CC 2019 🙁

  87. Zooumberg March 30, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I'm confused, when I make the text 100 points, it's far too big for my screen. So I'm just seeing a small section of the text. Anyone any ideas?

  88. Guitarversum Sandra Sherman September 10, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    How could anyone give this a thumbs down? I learned more in this video than in many other long tutorials. This is so detailed. Thank you very much!

  89. Brandon's Crazy Life - The Web Series September 11, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    everything was grewat until the rectangle tool, i'm on cs5 and i dont see any no stroke box, or radius

  90. Ronan A. da Silva October 20, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Very, very good! Thanks!

  91. Steven Van Hulle October 22, 2019 at 4:44 am



  92. Graphic&Design October 24, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial.

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