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What is a Stamp?
Everyone of you should know the regular postal stamps you use to send packages or letters to friends or companies. Here at deviantART we have something similar, but it won't be used to do the same things. Deviant Stamps are mainly used to promote or feature things. To support a cause or maybe a friend. And they are used to just give a statement some more attention.
There is a whole category filled with a lot of unique stamps. Some are animated, some are static. The original size is 99*56px, but it varies depending on the preferences of each artist. They can be round, they can be square, they can be heart-shaped or whatever else your heart desires.
Except the newer 'modern' stamps, they usually have a transparent typical stamp border, like their real life relatives which makes it easy to differentiate them from avatars or other smaller artworks.
Below there are some useful resources and tutorials listed. So if you want to give it a try to make stamps on your own, maybe check those deviations.
But before you do so, here are some words of the person that is responsible for having stamps at deviantART: TheRyanFord.
I "invented" the dA stamp concept when we were promoting the deviantART Summit. It was supposed to take place in an airplane hanger, originally, and so all of our promotional ideas surrounded planes. The summit logo was a fella-styled airplane, for example. So to allow and encourage people to show that they were coming to the summit, I drew up some stamps that said things like "I'm attending the summit" or whatever. From there people started making their own stamps.
The scale of the stamp was kind of arbitrary. I just knew it needed to be pretty small so it would fit in people's signatures (back when we allowed images in signatures) and also fit comfortably in their journals. It's wider than a typical postage stamp because I found that a basic square was too limiting. You just can't write anything in such a small space. So, I widened it.
A few examples of how different stamps could be like, can be found here: news.deviantart.com/article/13…
In case you want to give it a try with stamps on your own, but don't want to start from scratch, there are plenty of resources and templates you could use.
But there are also general tutorials about stamps that help you to learn more about them and give you some nifty hints of how to make them look awesome.
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