How do I Create a Rubber Stamp in Illustrator?

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How do I Create a Rubber Stamp in Illustrator?
You can replicate many rubber stamp effects in Illustrator with a bit of creativity. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Making a rubber stamp effect for graphic design is usually done with Adobe Photoshop because it's easier than Illustrator (Photoshop's tools and filters can do it in fewer steps). However, Photoshop is a raster editor, which means that the images of the rubber stamp are resolution-dependent. If you need to do a rubber stamp effect that can be shrunk down or scaled up to any size, such as for a company logo that will be used on a wide variety of displays, doing it in Illustrator is the best.

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  • Black-and-white photograph of concrete wall, floor or something else with an irregular texture

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  1. 1

    Launch Adobe Illustrator, and press "Ctrl" and "D" to place an image. On the dialogue that opens up, navigate to the photograph of the irregular texture. The photograph is displayed as an object in Illustrator.

  2. 2

    Convert the photograph to a series of vector elements by clicking on the "Object" menu, selecting "Live Trace" and then selecting "Make." This has Illustrator generate vector drawing objects around each area of the original image where the colour changes. (The default black-and-white settings are suitable for this purpose; experimenting with them can get you some interesting results.)

  3. 3

    Delete all the white areas on the fill by clicking "Select," "Same" and then choosing all items that match the fill colour you selected on the toolbar by selecting "Fill Color." This removes large swathes of the texture you created from the photograph.

  4. 4

    Create the design element for the stamp itself; this is usually an object with stroke and no fill, such as a circle or rectangle, and text inside of the object. The text should be in a thick, blocky font to make it look more like a stamp.

  5. 5

    Select the design, and then click "Object," "Move to Back" to move it behind the texture you made earlier.

  6. 6

    Press "Ctrl" and "A" to select both the stamp design and the texture.

  7. 7

    Click "View," "Pathfinder." Click the "Subtract from Shape" button. It's the second icon under the Shape Maker label. This subtracts the foreground texture you created from the stamp design, giving it an appropriately worn or distressed look.

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