Monday, August 13, 2012

MDS Monday - Editing Stamp Images

Welcome back for MDS Monday, where I share an exciting new feature of MDS2.  Today I am focusing on twp of my favorite new features: the ability to crop and apply multiple colors to a single digital stamp.

Last week, I volunteered to make the buttons and banner for the upcoming Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop.  And I took full advantage of these two features when I made the banner for the hop that is coming up this Friday:

Colors: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Primrose Petal. Digital Downloads: Owl Occasions Stamp Brush Set, Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, Hugs & Kisses Punch.
See all those individual parts of the stockings?  Those are just stamps that I digitally colored.  It's very easy and a little addicting. On the right side of your screen is your "Design Center." When your stamp window is open it looks like this:
I've circled the recoloring option in red. You can select that or simply double clicking on a stamp image on your project to bring up the coloring window that looks like this:

You use your mouse as the paint brush.  Just pick a color from your palette and a brush size and run it over the portion of the stamp you wish to color.  You can see here, I started with my Santa hat in Cherry Cobbler but I wanted the pom-pom to be Gum Ball green.  I used the same thing to recolor the other images as well.

Did you notice that I didn't use the full stamp of the hat on the banner?  I was trying to fit a lot of things on that banner and I needed the hat to be a little shorter. This is where the "crop" feature comes in handy.  Again on the "Design Center" stamp menu you can see this option:

When you click on it, this screen comes up:
Simply use your mouse to select the area of the stamp you want on your project.  I used this same technique to change to size of the branch.

I hope you are enjoying MDS2 as much as I am.  Don't forget, if you don't have it yet, you can download your free 30-day trial by clicking on my "shop now" button.  And don't miss the Stampin' Addicts Holiday Catalog Blog Hop this Friday through Sunday.


Yapha said...

Love this banner and how you made it! Thanks for the look at how to crop stamps. I haven't tried that yet.

Mickey Roberts said...

Very cool! I can't wait to get the new software and try out all the new features. BTW, the banner and buttons were adorable!

Adriana Benitez said...

h thank you for showing this. I just upgraded my MDS yesterday and haven't had a chance to play with it yet. Can't wait!