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.
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.
Here, I have used an old paper background to match the stamps.
use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to draw a rectangular selection as shown on the image below.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.