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Craft a Vintage Postage Stamp in Photoshop

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Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

In this easy, step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to craft a Realistic Vintage Postage Stamp. This is a pretty simple tutorial making use of basic to intermediate Photoshop techniques and features such as masking, creating your own custom brush, configuring brush presets and color adjustments.

Final Product:

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

Materials Needed:

Grunge Brushes 8 Brush Set
Scratch Texture Brushes
Postage Photoshop Brushes

Truck Photo from SXC.hu (Optional)
Constantia typeface (Optional)

1. Launch Photoshop and create a new document with dimensions 489×312. Document size can change depending on how large or small you would like the final product to be.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

2. Choose a background for the first layer. Here, I have used an old paper background to match the stamps.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

3. On a new layer, use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to draw a rectangular selection as shown on the image below.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

4. Fill the selection with a white background using the Gradient Tool (G).

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

5. Now, let us create the sides of the stamp. We will be creating our own brush. Let us first set aside our document and create a new document with dimensions 151×149. Using the Pen Tool (P), draw a shape as shown on the photo below.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

Note: Make sure you hold down the ALT/Option key on each Anchor Point to have more control on the shape we are trying to draw. For the areas wherein we need to draw a straight line, don’t forget to hold down the ALT/Option and Shift keys.

6. Right click outside the shape we just created at hit on Make Selection. One we have a selection, fill it with the color black using the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

7. Let us now convert the shape into a brush by hitting on Edit > Define Brush Preset. Name this new brush ‘stamp’ and hit OK.

8. Let us now create the jagged sides of our stamp by using the Eraser Tool (E). Select the brush we just created, open the Brush Presets panel by hitting on Window > Brushes or F5 and apply these settings.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

9. Run our eraser over the top portion first to create the jagged edges on the top area of our stamp. Don’t forget to hold down the Shift Key to create a straight line. We should now have something like this.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

10. To create the jagged edges on the left, right and bottom sides, don’t think we have to rotate the stamp or the canvas itself. On the Brush Presets panel, notice that crosshair on the right side. Move your cursor over the crosshair and notice that when you click and drag on that little arrow on the crosshair, you can actually move the angle of the brush.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

The little window at the bottom of the Brush Presets panel also serves as a guide to show us how the brush looks like with the chosen angle.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

11. Move our eraser over to the left, right and bottom sides of the stamp to create jagged edges around our stamp.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

12. Let us apply a slight gradient to our stamp to give it a hint of vintage. Use the settings below. Use the color #f0e6d1 for the top and #f2eee4 for the bottom.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

Also, using one of the grunge brushes we downloaded, add some slight hints of grunge over our stamp. We should now have something like this:

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

13. Open the truck photo we downloaded in Photoshop. Drag it to our document. Draw a selection over it and make sure it is smaller than the size of our stamp.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

14. Hit the Mask icon.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

We should now have something like this:

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

15. Using our Brush Tool (B), select from any of the scratch brushes we downloaded. Make sure that from the Layers panel, the mask is being selected and that the Foreground Color is set to #000000. Hit on the car image.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

16. Let us adjust the color of our image to give it a more vintage look. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue and Saturation and apply these settings.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

17. Let us edit the image a little more to finalize giving it a vintage look. Create a new layer over our image. Make a selection and make sure that only the image is selected. With the use of the Paint Bucket Tool (G), fill the selection with the color #9e6b30.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

18. Change this layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light and change its Opacity to 85%. Deselect the selection by hitting on CTRL/CMD + D.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

19. Let us now add some text to our stamp. For this tutorial, I have used the typeface named Constantia but you may use any typeface you wish.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

20. Now for the finishing touches to make sure our stamp would look old and used! Using any of the stamp brush sets we downloaded and with Foreground Color Set to #000000 and Brush Opacity set to around 43%, let us add some stamp marks to our stamp.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

21. With the stamp layer active, CTRL/CMD + click the stamp (the white one) layer. Hit on the Mask icon as shown on Step 14.

Vintage Postage Stamp Photoshop Tutorial

Yes! We now have a real-looking vintage postage stamp! Hope you learned a thing or two from this tutorial!

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Comments

DesignerFanBoi

great tutorial! I always love your grunge style! but everything else is great too!

LukeSF

Clear and easy . Great job!

Kawsar Ali | Desizn Tech

That looks really great Jan, Nice Tut, very realistic

Richie

Very nifty… i love it…. simple and quick

Smashing Share

Grunge, my fav style :) Nice tutorial

iLovePurple

I’ve seen many stamp tutorials but this one is the best! thanks Jan!

sonichtml

Very Cool.
Thank you for shared.

Roger

Great tutorial. I love postage stamps. If you want to short cut a few steps check out my postage stamps brush set. If you don’t want to buy try out the free demo. http://bit.ly/8CrG0

Miche

Hi Jan!

Great tut. I’ve posted a link back to your site on BestPhotoshopTutorials.net.

Regards,

Miche

Sreeraman M.G

Superb tutorial. Great language and structuring of the content. Very easy to follow even for a beginner.

Digiscrap

Hi Jan,
thx for this tutorial. Anyway, the link to “scratch texture brushes” was missing, page not found :(( please help me…

Jan Cavan

@Digiscrap: Oops, sorry about that. I have a similar set which you can use as substitute :) – http://www.dawghousedesignstudio.com/archives/2010/free-hi-resolution-heavy-scratches-photoshop-brushes/

@Miche: Thanks for the link back!

And big thanks for the positive feedback everyone! Glad to know you liked the tut!

Digiscrap

Thanks a lot Jan :)

Andrei

Thanks for tutorial , I’m novice and this very usefull for me

Eren

very nice, thanks

John

Thanks, Jan. This helped me a great deal!

Ruth

I love doing this and would like to know more

هوست

thanks alot for this idea

online website design

Thanks for nice tutorial

MCSE

Jan Cavan love your tutorial

MCSE

Wonderful work thank you for sharing with us.
MCSE