Photo Stamp Support

Getting Started

Open the photo that you wish to stamp.

Press Ctrl-O or drag and drop a file over the thumbnail area of the application.  Photo Stamp supports files in JPEG format:

Adding a text overlay (watermark)

Type in some text in the Stamp Mask text box and click on Add Stamp Mask to Stamp Text List.

You can also use the Build Stamp Mask button to select from a list of pre-defined text (including EXIF data).

In addition, you can type some text directly in the Text Preview box. Note that this text will not be saved when saving the profile and it will be replaced with the stamp text if you open a new file or if you change the options.

Saving the photo with watermark

You can use the File, Save or Save as functions to save your modified photo with text overlay.  Not that if you use Save, your original photo will be overwritten.

Photo adjustments and special effects

Photos can be adjusted  directly in Photo Stamp:

Photo adjustment  controls

  • Flip Photo: Allows you to turn the photo upside down.
  • Mirror Photo: This adjustment creates a mirror effect of the photo.
  • Brightness and Contrast:  This adjustment allows you to adjust the brightness of the photo, as well as the contrast, which is the difference between the photo’s lightest and darkest pixels.

 

Photo Effects 

Photo Stamp also provides some special effects that can be applied to the photo. From the main menu, select Photo then Effects

  • None: Select this option to revert to the original photo.
  • Flaxen: This options applies a greyish gold filter to the photo.
  • Greyscale: Replaces colors with a grey palette
  • Negative: Applies a negative effect filter to the photo
  • Sepia Toning: Applies a yellowish filter to the photo. The filter level can be controlled by selecting the appropriate value.

Formatting the text

The overlay text can be formatted using the format toolbar controls:

Format controls 

  • Font: Allows you to select a typeface, style and size for the  text being displayed
  • Text color: You can select a text color using this control
  • Opacity:  The level of opacity ranges from 0 (invisible) to 100 (solid).  This control is useful if you want to watermark your photos with large text but have the content still clearly visible.
  • Outline Width: Sets the width of the outline of the text.  A setting of zero shows no outline.
  • Outline color: The outline of the text can be set to a different color and the text itself.

Positioning the text on the photo

There are two ways you can position text of your photos.

  • Use the preset position buttons to set the text in the lower, upper, left and right corners or in the center.
  • Using the slide controls to manually position the text over the photo.

Stamp Text Attribute Management

Once set, the text attributes (typeface, color, position, etc.) will be saved automatically each time you exit Photo Stamp. There may come a time when you want to have more than one set of attributes to accommodate different photo types. ProSoft Photo Stamp allows you to export stamp attributes into files that can be imported back at a later time.

  • New: Clears all attributes
  • Import:  Open a saved set of attributes and apply them to the current photo
  • Export: Save the current attributes for later use.
  • Reload: Resets the current attributes to the last saved defaults.

 

Note that if you import an attribute file and exit Photo Stamp, theses attributes will become the new default.

Options

EXIF Date Time 

There are three EXIF date fields and one general date format. By default, these fields display

both the date and time and use a semi colon as the separator.

The EXIF Date and Time Options allows you to format each date time field to a different preset.

 

General Options 

By default, photo adjustments and effects will be kept whenever you open a new file or use the batch stamp feature of Photo Stamp. You can change this behaviour with the general options.

 

Photo Options 

  • JPEG Compression Settings: Allows you to reduce size of the JPEG output file. The lower the setting, the smaller the file but at the expense of quality.

Text Options 

  • Border Width for Corner Location of Stamp: This option allows you to control the minimum spacing between the edge of the photo and the text when using the corner preset text locations.
  • Font Size: This section allows you to select a photo height as a reference for the font size. This effectively gives the option of having the same text proportion on photos that are different size. Use Current will set the photo height to the currently loaded photo.

Additional features

Full Screen Preview 

The Full Screen Preview mode will display your photo in its actual size (or best fit mode). This option is found under the Photo menu.

Print 

Print allows you to send your photo to the printer.

Check for Updates 

This feature enables you to look for new versions of Photo Stamps. New versions usually include additional features and bug fixes.  Updates within the same main version number are provided free of charge.

Batch stamp

The Batch Stamp tool provides an automated way to apply stamp attributes to multiple photos.

  • 1. Set the stamp attributes by either using the current attributes or using an attribute profile file.
  • 2. Add the photos files you wish to stamp to the list.
  • 3. Select a destination folder for the output.  Indicate if you want existing file in the output folder to be overwritten.

The Batch Stamp Processing form will display the current status of the process and when completed, allow you to open the destination folder or view the result log.

 

The Result Log can be useful to resolve any issues encountered during the batch stamp process.

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