How to Make a Stamp Effect with Adobe Illustrator | Adobe Creative Cloud

Give your artwork a realistic rubber stamp look.

Start from scratch, or download practice files [] for a head start. Steps below.

1. Open your drawing, or use ours (
2. Choose the Selection tool and drag to select the artwork.
3. Apply an inner glow: Choose Effect – Stylize – Inner Glow – Normal. Set the color to black, Opacity to 100%, Blur to 3px. Make sure Edge is selected and check Preview. Click OK.

Tip: Choose the Stylize option from the Illustrator Effects section of the Effect menu.

4. Add texture to the drawing: Choose Effect – Pixelate – Mezzotint. Set Type to Grainy Dots. Click OK.
5. Apply a stamp effect: Choose Effect – Sketch – Stamp. Set the Light/Dark Balance to 1 and Smoothness to 6. Click OK.
6. Turn the artwork back into a vector: Choose Object – Expand Appearance. Choose Window – Image Trace. Set Paths to 100%, Noise to 1px, uncheck Snap Curves to Lines, check Ignore Whites, and check Preview.

Tip: Click the triangle to expand the Advanced options in the Image Trace panel.

7. Prepare the artwork: Choose Object – Expand. Leave Object selected and uncheck Fill. Click OK.

That's it!

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