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Photoshop Action: Stamp/Print Effect

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Works great on any single color logo, emblem, mark, seal, crest.

Because of the great response to my Aged Type action, I took it a bit further and made a similar effect that could be applied, not only to text, but to your logo to give it an authentic stamp or print effect. I have seen various rubber stamp effects on google and none are all that great. So let me show you why mine is the bees knees.

This is a premium Photoshop action that took some time to perfect. So we’re selling it for the cheap price of $7.  Credit Cards and Paypal accepted.

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  1. After downloading the action, simply open up the .ATN file and it will automatically load it into your Photoshop Actions panel ready for use! For best results start with a black and white image that’s at least 800-1,000 pixels wide.
  2. In Photoshop, select the layer you want to turn into a stamp and press PLAY on the “Stamp/Print by Go Media” action. It will apply the effect!

Here are some tips:

  • Works best on images at least 800 px wide
  • Works on any logo, text, or even photos!
  • Can also be used as a faux screenprint or letterpress effect
  • Final result is on its own layer.
  • Settings are completely customizable, tweak to your heart’s content
Pro Tip: The action runs automatically once you click it. But if you want to adjust any of the effects/filters as it happens, toggle this dialog box icon so it stops at every step allowing you to get more control over the effects.


Photoshop Stamp Effect

Photoshop Stamp Effect

Photoshop Stamp Effect

Photoshop Stamp Effect

Result is on its own layer

Photoshop Stamp Effect

Even works on photos!

For best results, you might have to adjust the contrast of your source image. And again, the settings are fully adjustable inside the action so you can tweak it to your hearts content!

Download Now – $7

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design and development firm. We also specialize in print design and branding. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. In my spare time, I write songs and play drums in Campfire Conspiracy. I'm a happy husband and an aspiring b-boy and lucid dreamer.
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  • Simon H.

    Shut up and take my money.

    That said, are there ways to adjust some of the grunge that’s applied?

    • Jeff Finley

      yeah, if you toggle that dialog box and let it stop at every step along the way, you can adjust the settings for each one. Or you can just edit the action’s steps to suit your own style.

      • Simon H.


  • William A. Beachy

    This is awesome!

  • Johannes Belach

    pretty nice. is this how you did the type for the “thread’s not dead” bookcover?

  • Johannes Belach

    pretty nice. is this how you did the type for the “thread’s not dead” bookcover?

    PS: sorry, if it’S a doublepost

  • Johannes Belach

    pretty nice. is this how you did the type for the “thread’s not dead” bookcover?
    PS: sorry if it’S a doublepost

    • Jeff Finley

      Yeah in a roundabout way.

  • Jessica Paoli

    Whoaaaa, awesome! Instapurchase!

  • Caleb Davis

    Every time i try it it says “the command ‘lighting effects’ is not currently available.” and the same thing for ‘merge layers’….and then it doesnt really come out the way it should. Sorry for being a noob. But can someone please help…?

    • Jceal Parker

      Thats exactly whats happening when I do it too. Please advise

    • PhotoshopTeachah

      Are you in RGB mode? and is your image off of the ‘background layer’?

  • Caleb Davis

    ??? :/

  • Tom Faraci

    Love this effect! Must resist urge to abuse…

  • PhotoshopTeachah

    This action cost $1.99 and saved me about $50 worth of time. Thanks a million. :)

  • disqus_wnDx3FgM4j

    Is there anyway to use this effect using photoshop elements?

  • jimSDCA

    I have CS6. What I am finding is that it doesn’t work well with color logos like the blue and red logo at the top. I created a duplicate layer of the logo and locked it. Then I ran the action. After the action I used an overlay blending option over the locked layer. Is there a better way? Thanks!

  • Kimberly Smith

    I can’t find the action on Photoshop?! I downloaded it and opened the ATL file etc, someone please help!

  • Deborah Bonani

    Hey, I bought the file but it won’t open. I double click on it and apparently it opens photoshop but nothing happens. Never seen an .atn file berofe. What should I do?

  • Jerilyn Nighy

    Doesn’t work in CS6. Waste of two dollars.

    • Ayden Gotzmer

      same. Can’t seem to get it to work.

  • Harry Jukes

    Excuse my ignorance but i cannot get the white faded effect you show above,
    every time i run the action it automatically goes to black!? Using CS4. Please tell me how to correct?

    • Eadie

      Don’t do the “reset swatches” step, make sure the foreground swatch is set as the same color as the item to which you’re applying the stamp effect, and make sure it is over 800 px wide.

  • Harry Jukes

    Jeff, its obvious that you are not forthcoming on any solutions to questions or queries. People you can download faded fonts and grunge brushes freeware that will give you better results. Do not waste your $1.99 on this action.

    • Nadia

      Agreed. Very disappointed with the lack of support. $7 at the time of purchase – definitely not worth it.

  • Kane Banner

    I click action and nothing works, can you help?

  • Eadie

    One of the first couple actions is “reset swatches.” I think this is what is making it all black. Once I set the foreground swatch to the color of the text to which I’m applying the stamp effect, and skipped the reset swatches step, it worked. Also helped to be over 800 px (as noted).

  • MB

    Hi. Just downloaded this successfully but am unable to select “play”. Please advise.

  • Rizzo

    This application appears not to work with CS6. How do I get a refund?

  • Emily Jankov

    is there anyway i can get a receipt for my purchase?