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Old 10-29-2012, 01:11 PM
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Default A good program on the computer to help design disc stamps???

Is there something that people use on the computer to design custom disc stamps? (for all of the smart a$$ people no, not microsoft paint or a scanner).
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:18 PM
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I would assume Illustrator or Photoshop would be the go to programs.
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Inkscape is a free program that will allow you to make nice stamps in svg format, pretty easy to use as well...
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If you want Photoshop but don't want to pay for it, go with GIMP.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:28 PM
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If you want Photoshop but don't want to pay for it, go with GIMP.
I've heard this is a great free program. Does Gimp open PS files?
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Gimp is basically the best free photo editor program. But Adobe is the absolute best and hard to beat at the quality and user friendliness but it has a heavy price tag.
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You want a program that does vector graphics. inkscape is the best free one out there for this type of work.
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I've heard this is a great free program. Does Gimp open PS files?
I believe it does. It does have some limitations though. Saving vectors or PDFs isn't really possible. So for a lot of stamps, I make a MASSIVE image and that usually mitigates the pixelation that can happen when they make the die from a non-vectored image.
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Mine won't be the most helpful advice here, because I only have experience with Illustrator and Photoshop. I've never used the free alternatives. But this from BCR --

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So for a lot of stamps, I make a MASSIVE image and that usually mitigates the pixelation that can happen when they make the die from a non-vectored image.
THIS is helpful info because the loudest advice you'll get is that it HAS to be a vector image. Nope.

600dpi is where it's at -- that's twice the "hi-res" of printing on paper. I use vectors all the time in my work, but the final product is almost always a pixel file from Photoshop. I've designed well over 100 stamps, and processing engraving files for custom stamping is part of my job -- every one of my stamp files is 600dpi from the start. In the last 5 years, I haven't submitted any stamps or engraving files in vector format.* I've used vectors to create stamps, but running through Photoshop is absolutely necessary for my design aesthetic. Not everyone's, but mine. And it needs to be understood for designers that 600dpi IS a legit standard for stamp artwork. I'm almost reluctant to say this because it must be done the right way by an experienced user -- the best stamp submission format is 600dpi GIF. Full resolution, with a black/white Threshold operation prior to export so that you have a 2-color set. Perfect file, tiny file.

(* Full disclosure, this is with the exception of the Neutron stamp, which never had any reason to go to pixel-town. Every other MVP stamp was pixel, even the ones that began with 3D rendering and include vector-derived objects)
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Adobe Photoshop Elements likely has all the functionality you'll need, and is much less $.
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