May 22nd, 2010

New! Vintage Rubber Stamp Alphas!

Free download of grayscale raster image files of vintage rubber stamp impressions for layout and scrapbooking.

If you’re into digital scrapbooking or other kinds of Photoshop layout, you know that fonts are great, but they can’t give you the shades of gray that say “real stamping”. Sometimes you want that authentic look but either you don’t want to get your hands dirty or you don’t own the stamp set you want to use.

With that in mind, I offer you this virtual stamping set of vintage rubber stamp alphas from honest-to-goodness ink-stamped rubber type. These impressions are from the same set that I used to make No 130 Fulton Street, but they’re not the same images I scanned to make the font; they’re completely unique!

Below is a demonstration of how you can use this transparent grayscale image file (Photoshop or PNG format) to cut and paste the glyphs together to set the type. I recommend you use the “multiply” blending mode for best effect.

A demonstration of virtual stamping

The images are at 600ppi which means if you are working at a lower resolution, you can enlarge the type and see all the squishy details, like so:

A full-resolution close-up

Another full-resolution close-up

Below is the set of characters that you get. There are two or more of each for more realism and of course, you can retouch and recolor them to your heart’s delight.

The virtual stamping set

The goods:

Download the virtual stamping set in Photoshop format (14.7M) or PNG format (6.53M).

Download the demo image (24M) from above to see how I layered and blended the type.

If you use this alpha set please let me know!

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