RECREATING POSTAL HISTORY

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Tutorial - the Stamp / Franking (2)

We like the stamps that have a bit of the margins (selvage) still attached. It provides a few more creative possibilities. The image to the left shows the four major ingredients assembled, and an oval with border covering the mask, leaving just the ribbon visible.

Here, both of the stamps in the set have their main ingredients assembled. We made sure that the portrait was facing into the stamp on both stamps. We will now begin adding details. Most of the details you already have on your computer, ie. fonts. We created a patterned tile (see below) using the custom shapes and fonts that came with Photoshop to simulate the "bruledge" or patterned background of the stamps. This was a low cost anti-forgery technique "back in the day".

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