This page covers instructions for using digital stamps with Apple's Pages program. For PC and Photoshop Elements instruction, please see this page from Power Poppy.
Using Digital Stamps: Mac Pages
Pages is the word processing program that comes with Apple's Mac computers, both desktop and laptops. It actually works more like Adobe's InDesign than Microsoft Word. Pages is an easy way to format and then print your digital stamps.
Note: I have yet to test this process on the Pages App for mobile devices. At some point, I'll test it for iPad and iPad Pro and post my findings.
To use a digital stamp on a Mac-
1. Download and store your digital stamps in .PNG format.
- .PNG files retain their crisp lines when you resize them. They do not pixelate the way .JPG files will.
- .PNG digital stamps usually have transparent backgrounds which allows you to efficiently place multiple stamps on a single page before printing. .JPG files tend to have white rectangles behind them which makes multiple images per page a more difficult process.
- I do not recommend storing your digital stamps in your "Downloads" folder. The "Downloads" folder fills quickly and many people routinely dump the contents of this folder into the trash when making space on their hard drives. Save your digital files in a dedicated "Digital Stamp" folder that is easy to find and use.
2. Open Pages on your Mac desktop or laptop, bringing up a blank document.
3. At the very top of the screen in your menu bar, choose the "INSERT" tab. From the drop down menu, select the last item, "Choose" (or type SHIFT + COMMAND + V, all at the same time)
4. "Choose" brings up a navigation window where you can travel to your digital stamp folder. Open the folder and click on the name of the digital stamp you wish to use. Select "Insert" at the bottom of the page (or double click on the file name).
5. The navigation window will disappear and the digital stamp will appear on your previously blank page with 8 toggle boxes around it. You can click, hold, and drag any of these boxes to manually resize the image. A black size indicator will appear to help you judge the current size as you drag it.
6. For precision sizing: use the right side bar options. Under "Format" choose "Arrange" to get this control panel.
Under "Size" you can choose the exact width or height you wish to make the stamp. Be sure to keep a checkmark at "Constrain Proportions" as this will keep the image from looking stretched or squashed.
"Position" moves the stamp around on the page, helpful when you have a printer that won't print out to the far edge. The "X" selection moves the stamp right to left, the "Y" moves it up and down.
"Rotate" will turn the image, helpful when placing multiple stamps on the page.
"Flip" gives you a mirror image of the stamp, either left/right or top/bottom reversal.
Remember, if you have placed two or more images on the page, these controls only work on the image that has been selected (has the 8 drag boxes around it).
7. To make gray lined stamps from black stamps: switch tabs on the same right sidebar to "Style" and at the bottom of the panel, you will find the "Opacity" setting. You can play with the slider scale to change the black lines to gray or you can set a precise percentage.
I recommend coloring stamps at what appears to be a 25-30% setting. This will give you lines that are easy to see yet can disappear when Copic is applied over the top.
8. Repeat the "choose" and "insert" process as many times as you wish to fill the page efficiently. Remember, good quality blending cardstock like X-Press It can be pricey and I almost always print at least 2 images per page.
9. To print, return your focus to the top bar and select the "FILE" tab and "Print" from the menu (or type COMMAND + P). This will give you a print command window where you can select your printer and adjust the quantity and feed settings.
Thicker blending cardstock like X-Press It is printable on either side. If you mis-print or want to utilize an unused print, you can always print again on the opposite side.