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Image Design Tips

If you are struggling to meet our required specification, please send your image over to us and we will be happy to help with minor adjustments.

If you require a design service, please get in touch.

Successful images need to be in black and white only, no grey scale. We can't make every image into a stamp so will contact you if there are any problems with your upload.

Text Stamps

Text Stamps

When choosing fonts, please be aware that solid fonts produce a clearer impression than more decorative fonts.

The smallest size font we would recommend is point 8. If you are using a more decorative or fine font, or stamping on anything other than paper or regular card you will need a larger size.


Some fonts have fine joins, stems and tails which won't work unless much larger. Even then, it's best to check with us first.



Inverted text that is solid and
clear in a point size 16 or more
should work but we will
be happy to check for you.


Delicate, more decorative font
styles are generally not suited
to inverted style stamps.


Perfect! Solid, clear text.


This font is too small, the lines are too
fine and the letters too close together
to stamp well.


Decorative fonts can work but the lines
need to be solid like this.


This font is too fine causing the swirls
and joins to break.


If you add a border, it will work well if
your text fills the space within.


Text with lots of blank space won't stamp
well as ink gets onto the blank areas
and creates a ghosting effect.


Keep your lines balanced.
Multiple lines work better than one long one.


One long single line of text will cause your stamp
to be unstable which may result in blurry text.


If you're using dotted or thin lines,
we would recommend a larger font size.


The dotted and straight lines here will be too
fine to work well.

Inverted Image

Inverted images (where the bulk of the design takes on the ink and the lettering and/or image is cut away) can work as a stamp but there are factors to consider.

Small text and fine lines can fill in when inked and large, flat areas can stamp with a patchy effect.

Here are some examples of "Inverted Stamps' in use:



Inverted text that is solid and clear
in a point size 16 or more should work
but we will be happy to check for you.





Delicate, more decorative font
styles are generally not suited
to inverted style stamps.

Inverted text doesn't always give a clear print. It needs to be clear, solid and large enough not to fill with ink.

 

100mm Stamp:
The large solid area can
be patchy. For best results,
use a VersaFine ink pad.

 

50mm Stamp:
As long as the text is clear and
solid, and your image is
not too detailed, this size usually
works well.

 

25mm Stamp:
It is unlikely that an inverted stamp will work well at this size.
Detail is likely to fill with ink and the 
text/image detail will be lost.

Design Layout

Images with lots of blank space don't stamp well as ink gets onto the blank areas
and creates a ghosting effect.

Image Quality

The level of detail you achieve with your stamp depends on the size of your stamp, the ink you use and the surface you are stamping on to.

Our Free Range Chicken design has plenty of detail in and is a great example of how the size of your image affects the results you will achieve.

Here we have used a VersaFine ink pad which is the best option for fine detail and smaller or more decorative fonts.



This image is clear and has solid,
crisp lines.


This image has been taken from a web page
and is too fuzzy (low resolution).


There is a lot of detail here but the lines are solid and
close together which will give a good result.


These lines are too thin and faint.
Some of the detail is too fuzzy.


Black and white images are best
(no grey scale).
 


Colour images often don't have
enough contrast to work.
 

Stamp Size

Your image needs to be uploaded at the actual size you require your stamp to be.

Your image will be trimmed to remove any blank space and mounted on a standard sized block handle (unless clear stamp only is selected). Any blank space will be trimmed away and your stamp will be mounted on a standard sized block handle (unless clear stamp only is selected).

Once you have uploaded your image, the dimensions of your stamp will appear in red.

If you want a different size stamp from the dimensions shown in the preview box, you will need to upload a different image; you can't change your image size on our web site. If you have difficulty changing your the size of your image you can email us, advising us the size you require. You need to do this before uploading and ordering.

The prices listed here are price brackets and not constraints. We can make stamps any shape or size up to a maximum of 180mm x 280mm, but please see our image design tips regarding text size and image detail for help with designing a successful stamp.

The longest dimension of your image will determine the price. Our site calculates the price of your stamp based on the image size you upload.

If you want to check the size of your image fits your intended surface, we recommend you print it actual size (see our printing guide), cut it out and lay it on the surface you intend to stamp.

Photos

Stamps from Photos

We can work from some photographs depending on quality, lighting and composition.
It's best to email us your image before ordering so we can check if it's suitable.