This is a quick checklist for anyone who wants to make a stamp. This can be applied to people making a self-inking stamp, wood mount stamp or seal. If you have a logo in mind, select the parts of the logo that give it its basic shape. For example, if the logo is illustrated like a bow and arrow with a blue background. Delete the blue background and make the box and arrow black. If the logo is text, make the text black. If the logo is a picture or image. Convert the file into a vector drawing. This depends on the image of the logo, there are two ways to do this.
Drawing the Image:
- Lock the image in place to keep it from moving.
- Draw on top of the image with the anchor pen tool. Edit the drawing with the anchor points to make the drawing more precise.
- Use the new pen drawing for the stamp. Only draw with one colour for you to know what the stamp is going to look like.
Image Trace the Logo:
- Select the image.
- Go to Windows>Image Trace. Select Preview in the corner of Image Trace to show you what the logo might look like.
- You can go to preset values under Preset. The Black and White preset is a suggested value to choose from. Open the advanced tools and edit the Paths, Corners and Noise for the logo.
- Just remember to select the following to keep it easy:
Method: Abutting (Create Cutting Paths)
Create: Fills Checked Off
Options: Snap Curves To Lines and Ignore White
- On the toolbar at the top, select Expand. This will convert the logo into a vector object.
- Afterwards, you can edit what can be used for the stamp. By either selecting the anchors you want to delete by using Select Anchor and Delete or the Eraser Tool.