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Step 1: select the files you want to stamp
Step 2: select a stamp and the settings that you want to use for stamping
Step 3: choose the output options and start stamping

This part is the most interesting one. We will try different settings and directly preview them.

Click on "open stamp" and browse your harddisk to select the stamp you want to use. When using our sample files this will be the file named "stamp2.gif". If you want to create your own Stamp and don't know how to do it, visit our Howto for creating your own Stamp in 5 Seconds.

After selecting the file it appears in the "stamp" box (2.) in the top left corner.

Now we have to select a sample(3). Why this? Since you want to stamp a lot of files at once you need one image to preview and try your settings. When using our samples it has to be the file named "original.jpg". Click on the "select sample" button and browse your harddisk for the file. After you opened the file, you will see it twice: once in the box with the title "sample original" and once in the box with the title "sample preview stamped" (4.). The right one keeps always like the original image. The left one shows all the settings you take. You should already see the stamp on it.

The box named "zoom" gives you the ability to zoom in and out so you can better see how your settings take effect.

As mentioned before, this is the preview box(4.). When the image is larger than the box (e.g. when zooming in) then you can click the image with the left mouse-button. Your mouse-cursor will change its appearance. Hold the mouse-button down and drag the image in the box.

Now we come to positioning the stamp on the sample. We would like to have it in the right lower corner so we click the bottom-right button in the "position"-part of the screen (5.). Since we don't like it directly at the edges we change the offset a few pixels by typing "-20" in the box beside "x-offset" and "y-offset". After a second the sample (4.) is refreshed and we see that the stamp has moved a bit.

This is the most interesting part. I will only show you a view sample-settings more information is available in the "detail-help".

a) Leave the "use transparence"-button unchecked and try the "opacity" -slider. Drag it to the middle and see the effect on the sample (4.)

b) Turn the opacity slider back to 100%. Check the "use transparence"-button and move your mouse over the stamp. Your mouse-cursor will turn into a pipette. Click on the color you want to be transparent. When using our samples this should be the white background. The selected color will be visible in the "color"-box. Directly after you clicked it, you will see the background of the stamp disappear from the sample (4.).

c) But still there are a lot of nearly white pixels there that are not transparent. Adjust this by moving the "transparence tolerance" slider. Take care not to move the slider to far or other colors will also vanish!

d) Even with a high transparence tolerance there are still edges. This is for what "feather" is used for. "Feather" makes the edges smarter. The higher the value (negative or positive) is, the stronger the effect will be. A positive takes away something from the stamp. A negative value has the opposite effect. Just try it out and you will see how smart edges can be!

Now you should be ready for step three: choose your output options and start stamping.

Let's go to step 3 >>> (click the "output selection" tab)