|Customizing a rubber
stamp especially for the job you need to perform is easy. A few simple decisions and some
preparation is basically all it takes.
you're ready to get started, just give us a call. In the meantime, here's some useful
information to assist you. . .
- Will your rubber stamps consist of only text? or
text mixed with a graphic? (Your company logo, for example.)
- What type of stamp you want it to be? A handstamp or
a self-inking type of rubber stamp.
- How large should the impression area be?
We might mention here that rubber stamp images
don't need to be as large as you might think. Of course there are exceptions. Here's a sample chart of the
industry standard sizes for the MaxStamp line of self-inking rubber stamps (requires Adobe
Reader). This is also useful to gauge with for layout of conventional handstamps as
If your new rubber stamp will only be text based,
you can simply write the information down and email it, fax it, or call us. (If faxing or emailing, please be
sure to include all your contact information.)
Graphics, logos, or other artworks will require a
little more effort.
Artwork, first of all, should be black and white
(monochrome) line art. The very best rubber stamp reproductions will result if you can
send the line art to us by mail, clean, flat (no folds or creases), and camera-ready. High
resolution printers (such as a laser printer) are suitable for producing camera-ready
artworks that make great rubber stamp images. There are no additional
charges for scanning your artwork (or resizing it) for your rubber stamp images.
All lines should be sharp and unbroken, images
should be smooth (no jaggies), and any shading should be induced by half-tone dot or line
patterns, not as grayscale.
Digital File Formats: If you wish
to submit your art
digitally, please follow these guidelines:
- Black & White monochrome images
(no grayscale or RGB please).
- Export your image at 200 to 600 dpi
- Acceptable file formats include
.tif, .gif, .bmp, .png, .wmf, .psd, .cdr (v.5 through v.10), .cmx, and .eps. If sending
.cdr or .cmx, please be sure that you convert all text to curves. Please note:
.jpg, .jpeg, and .pdf should be avoided, but they can be acceptable in some instances.
Additional charges will apply for image cleanup when these three types of files are
submitted. MS-Word (.doc) and Publisher (.pub) will not
make good rubber stamps.
- Please be sure to tell us what size the finished
image should be, as some softwares will increase the dimensions of an image depending on
resolution settings during export.
TIP: Signature stamps require your
signature in black ink on clean, white paper. Use a rollerball type of pen for a crisp
reproduction of your signature. If a bolder look is prefered, use a medium point marker,
such as a "Flair." Avoid heavy markers such as "Sharpies."
TIP: Converting text to curves prior to exporting your
graphic image means that your finished rubber stamp will look just like you designed it.
Our having the exact same font is then not an issue.
TIP: Remove all extraneous white space from your
graphic prior to exporting the image when you plan to send an electronic file to us. This
can be accomplished in some softwares by pre-selecting only the image and instructing your
software to only export the selection. Other graphic softwares may require you to reset
the page size. If this is the case, make your page size one or two pixels larger than the
TIP: Avoid using lines or outlines in your electronic
graphic files that are 'hairline' thickness (or less than 0.004" thick). This will
avoid additional charges when making your rubber stamp, as the laser will try to cut these
lines instead of merely engraving them. If your art incorporates these thin line sizes,
send us camera-ready art instead of e-files.