Can you customize digital stamps?
Your mother’s birthday is right around the corner. Nothing would brighten her day more than a marker painting created especially for her by her FAVORITE child.
(Yes, your brother Bob thinks that he’s Mom’s favorite, but he’s wrong. Your mother told me.)
Anyhow, Mom loves orchids and you just happen to have THE PERFECT digital stamp with gorgeous orchids and nice wide open coloring spaces that have room for your pretty Copic Marker blends.
So you gather your markers and colored pencils, race to the computer and shove a piece of X-Press It Blending Card into the printer. You scroll down through the myriad of digital stamps that you’re glad your husband doesn't know about.
There it is, your perfect orchid stamp.
But oh no…
When you bring the digi up to full-size on the screen, your heart sinks. The image contains a sentiment:
"With Deepest Sympathy.”
Ugh. Mom is already in midlife crisis and she’s not exactly thrilled to be turning 50. No need to rub her nose in it.
Perfect stamp, terrible sentiment.
Huh. Looks like brother Bob might be moving up in the ranks after all.
Computers for Colorers #4: Alter Your Digital Stamps
It’s Kathy to the rescue with her Computers for Colorers series of articles!
Kathy is our resident computer geek here at Vanilla Arts. She’s our go-to for all things tech related.
But beyond that, Kathy has blossomed into a fabulous artist who got her start with Copic markers and colored pencils right here at Vanilla Arts Company.
More on that in a minute…
But first, let’s get to the computery stuff!
In today’s issue of Computers for Colorers, Kathy shares her technical expertise and shows us how simple it is to alter digital stamps.
Her easy step-by-step tutorial demonstrates how to alter or eliminate unwanted objects from images and create new variations of your digital stamps.
Remove a silly sentiment that doesn’t sound like you
Erase the cutsey smiling face from a cup of coffee or chocolate bar
Delete the group of dogs so you can color just the cat
Clear away the forest background to focus on the squirrel
Kathy will have you expunging “With Deepest Sympathy” sentiment from your mother’s birthday card in a flash!
With Kathy’s simple instructions, you have the ability to customize your digis for a wide variety of occasions.
Poor brother Bob. He thought that #1 was within his grasp.
(Maybe you better send that sympathy card to him!)
Check out our other issues of Computers for Colorers for more tips & tricks, click the button below.
learn how to alter digital stamps
By Kathy FS
Last time we got together, I promised to teach you how to do a digital disappearing act. Well, today is your lucky day! The thought floating through your mind right now is probably, “Kathy, why would I even want to remove parts of a digital image prior to coloring?”
Hmmmm, good question!
Let’s suppose that you have an idea for a really rockin’ Copic marker project. You breathlessly rush to your computer and pull up the digital stamp that you are sure is absolutely PER-FECT-A-MUNDO!
There’s something in that image you wish wasn’t there. The trick is how to get rid of it.
That’s exactly what happened to me! I wanted to color an image to put on my digital calendar each month as a reminder to attend the Vanilla Arts Livestream.
(By the way, if you don’t know what that is, oh my goodness, you are missing out! Here’s a link so you can join the fun…
Since, Amy Shulke’s Livestream class is one of the highlights of my month, its unlikely that I’d forget it. Still, a snazzy calendar reminder serves to get my creative juices flowing and gives me more excuses for coloring! I already had an image that I had created of a coffee mug filled with marker supplies, but didn’t want to include the floral sketch. Let me show you how easy it was to make that flower vanish into thin air…
Learn How to Alter Digital Stamps
Subscribe below for the printable PDF. This lesson covers step by step instructions on how to customize digital images using:
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
Procreate App for iPad
There are lots of ways to customize digital images and many programs which can get the job done. BUT they all use a similar process.
Even if you are using a different program or a different device, you can use the instructions here to find comparable buttons and actions!
Psst… kathy wasn’t always an artist!
She’s a late bloomer who had the complete life, long career, and amazing stash of crafty tools before she stumbled into coloring.
Kathy started with Marker Painting Foundations in March of 2017.
She was a Copic newbie who thought she might learn to blend a little better. She was actually more interested in lettering at the time, the Copic was a side thing, a lark.
Now she’s drawing her own digital stamps and coloring them with amazing realism.
Check out her Instagram to see her progression!
Now she’s applying the concepts she learned in Marker Painting Foundations to realistic watercolor!
The woman is a mad genius?
Not really. You can do this too.
Marker Painting Foundations is more than Copic Marker lessons.
Amy Shulke uses markers but she teaches art.
It’s not about blending— although you’ll learn to blend amazingly well. MPF changes the way you see light, color, shade, and shadow. It challenges your assumptions and gets the artistic side of your brain pumping.
You can be a Kathy.
You can do this!
Computers for Colorers:
How to Alter Digital Stamps
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Download includes instructions for altering digital stamps by removing unwanted areas.
This is information so useful, you’ll want to keep it handy in a binder or notebook.
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Kathy FS is a Vanilla Arts student who enjoys hand-lettering pointed puns, realistic coloring, and getting up early to sleepwalk the dogs. You can follow her on Instagram here.