Gimp Tips - Stamp
This is a trick I figured out to make some text look like a bad stamp transfer. I saw a font that did this same effect but didn't really like the look of the letters (ignoring the bad transfer) so I figured out how to use the GIMP to apply that look to any font I wanted.
- First, make a background for your image. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. A solid color works just fine.
- Make a transparent layer on top of that with your text and whatever else you want the stamp to have. I've added a box around my text because that just seemed sort of stamplike. Use whatever color you want the ink of your stamp to be. Add a layer mask to this layer, but leave it white for now.
- Add a new layer on top and fill it using Filters|Render|Clouds|Solid Noise. Set both sizes to 16, and the detail level to 6.
- Mix it up a little with Filters|Noise|Spread at 10.
- Now we'll turn this noise into a splotchy layer mask. Go to Colors|Curves and move the lower point to (64,0) and the upper point to (128,255).
- It will end up looking like this. Copy this layer and hide it.
- Go back to the layer mask we added to the stamp text and paste.
- Nobody ever stamps perfectly straight so I used the rotation tool to tilt the stamp layer a bit, and we're done.