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Stamps; For Beginners and Beyond

I have been contemplating an article that explains and showcases the power of stamps in the dA community for some time, and it seems almost appropriate in light of recent events, to create this article now.

This article aims to cover common questions around stamps, and provide links to resources, for creating stamps. Not only does this article aim to target beginners or those that do not know about stamps, but it also aims to feature some of the most creative examples of how artists have managed to do so much with such a small canvas. This article can even provide tips and inspiration for seasoned and experienced stamp-makers, whilst encouraging the appreciation of stamps by everyone all-round.

So what are stamps?

I'm sure this is a question that many of you encountering this article are already asking. Stamps are small, pixel creations (traditionally 99x56px in size),  that originate from right here on dA (the idea came from TheRyanFord). Stamps are primarily made to present a quote or message in text, although they can combine and or primarily comprise of an emote, pixel art, animations or photos. Stamps are commonly used to show support of other deviantart users, anime/mangas, favourite foods, colours, music, anything; you think of it, and there's probably a stamp out there to support it.

Example of a stamp;
Got Pokeballs? by ClefairyKid

Ah! I see! So what's so great about these little stamps then?

Well! It is often thought that stamps or other small deviations are not as creative as other artworks, simply because of their physical size limitations. However, I challenge all artists to look at the size limitations of stamps and to use every ounce of their creativity to be as exciting and original as they can within those few pixels! As the feature later in this article will show, there are plenty of examples to be found of stamps which go further than just a clever message typed on a template.

Great! I want to get started and make my first stamp!

Wonderful! It's always good to give something new a go, and stamps are no exception! First up, you will want to take into account a couple of important tips for successful stamp making;

:bulletwhite: Transparency is almost always essential for a well-made and useable stamp. To understand more about transparency, have a look at this tutorial to see the difference between a stamp that contains transparency and those that don't. I can't stress to you enough the difference in quality between stamps that have transparency at the edges of their borders and those that don't, and in fact, many of the stamp groups on dA won't accept stamp submissions that don't contain it.

Transparency Tutorial by stuck-in-suburbia

:bulletwhite: Stamp templates can mean the difference between a neat stamp and one that is outside the normal size expected of stamps, since users who try to insert a stamp into their collection will have trouble doing so if your stamp is many pixels bigger or smaller than all the others placed around it. I'll get to some good templates I recommend for beginners and pros alike in a moment.

:bulletwhite: Animations within stamps are perhaps one of the best ways to create a stamp that is really unique and stands out from all the others, however this means you should take into account which program you are using, since you will need to be able to save your stamp as something like a gif or png (png only for transparency, not for animation, however gifs allow both).

:bulletwhite: The message or theme of the stamp are important, so think about how you are going to design your stamp from the start, it takes more than getting a nice template and typing out a couple of words or slapping a picture in it. For instance, consider the design elements you can work with, including the border colour, inner glow and other layer properties options (depending on program you are using), font and last of all the content of the stamp, wether solely text, or a mixture of emotes and images as well.

Great tips! Now I think I'm really ready to make a stamp!

Here we go! To get you started straight away, some of the stamp templates I would recommend for stamp making;

Stamp Template by zilla774Scallop Stamp Template by plztikphishphoodStamp Template by BirvanHeart Stamp Template by StampsByNeekkoStamp templates by luckylookestamp template by Basti93Stamp template by Kencho

Ok I've started making my stamp, but I think it needs something a little extra?

So here we have some features to give you some inspiration and ideas. Firstly, here are some examples of static stamps;

Grammar Stamp by purplejub1993DJCGlass Effects Stamp by SparkLumStamp - Read Me by karinelips9-11 Stamp by Mirz123Lady Gaga- Request by paramoreSUCKSI love Platypuses by WishmasterAlchemistWishful Thinking by whispwillLollipop Stamp by Kezzi-RoseHuman Race Stamp by Nironan12PE 2010 stamp by projecteducateStamp: Wait by MafiaVamp:thumb182839025:stamp.14 by verenaschwarzGoogle stamp by tebladRainbow Colour stamp by Blue-Dragon22:thumb41959558:- N - E - O - N - by skinnyveestampString Lights by skinnyveestampBlack Light by skinnyveestampGlowing Stars by skinnyveestampStrawberry Stamp by Kezzi-RoseStamp - Pokemon: NotJustAGame by jennyrogueCloud Stamp by Kezzi-Roserainbow test card by Sierra-plzCrayon Stamp by Kezzi-RoseNail Varnish Stamp by Kezzi-RoseThe Killers Stamp by Porygon-ZTARDIS Stamp by Kezzi-Rose:thumb78459546:coca cola stamp by GoPurifyYourself

Examples of stamps featuring emotes;

9-11 Stamp by Mirz123OMIGOD FAIRY by stuck-in-suburbiaI support OMNOMNOM by VovosuntPuppy throwing by prosaixFreedom of Speech by SQUiSHtheHoboThank you for the fav by fear-the-brillianceEveryone is Stupid stamp by Mirz123I Support Myself Stamp by Czar-the-DragonEarth love by dazza1008Holmes Quote Stamp by Mirz123Evrythng Will Be Okay Stmp+PLZ by Mirz123dA Support Stamp by Mirz123'Notes make me feel special' stamp by Synfull:thumb151284472:digital-artists stamp by CookiemagiKEmote stamp by SynfullFav and RUN 3 - stamp by JWiesnerIt's true.... by wisekidkfav-ninja by CookiemagiKEpic Fail Stamp by Kezzi-RoseSpecial Stamp by Kezzi-RoseLlama love stamp by prosaixHA I'm Copyright Protected by de-MoteGimme more sleep by prosaixSleepy head by prosaixI Support Animated Stamps by zacthetoad

And examples of stamps with animation;

I am 101 percent ninja. by converse-kidd-stampsI love colors by crushedcoreClimbing trees by MakarKimaBreast Cancer Awareness by elicoronel16:thumb126399407::thumb167109153:Everyone IS Equal by bradleysaysPikachu Palooza by azianwolfdoll:thumb169925946:Gaga Stamp by Drake1Why is a Raven... Stamp by EmmaL27A Real Santa...CLAWS by azianwolfdoll:thumb170732113:Pencil tool love by prosaixBunny Omnomnom by kessir:thumb171623714:HOT HOT HOT weather by prosaixwindows user by maryduranPokemon Games Stamp by KeliAlexWriting is a talent. by PixieRiotPrincess-Peachie Stamp by Princess-PeachieNever Judge Book Contest Stamp by Mirz123Happy Stamp by SeioraiBleeding Rainbow Stamp by AomiArmsterRecord Stamp by Kezzi-RoseGame Boy Stamp by Kezzi-RoseLady Gaga Stamp by Agony-Whispersllama llama llama by djSeragakiBeing Childish Stamp by CreativenessSwinging Pikachu Stamp by The-Blue-PangolinLlama Whore by PatrickRuegheimerI Love My Music ::Stamp:: by himiko-hedgehog

I've made my stamp, what do I do now?

You want to get your stamp promoted so that others can discover it and use it to decorate their profiles or journals! The best way to go about this, is to join some stamp groups and submit your stamp to the group gallery. Here are some stamp groups that would be good to consider joining;


I'm really excited about stamps, how can I work to improve them?

This is great, you've made your first stamp, or maybe you are already a regular stamp maker. That's brilliant, but don't be satisfied with just that! Let's have a look at some tutorials that could help inspire you to create even more interesting and fun stamps;

How To : Make a Basic Stamp by Mr-Stamp

Stamp Animation Tutorial by MenInASuitcase

A Stamp Making Tutorial by GibbyGibson

Animating a Pixel Sparkle Tutorial by LittleKai

Pixel Art Tutorial - Shading by Kiwinuptuo

Pixel Icon Character Tutorial by Fiveonthe

Pixel Art Tutorial for MSPaint by mocha-san

Pixel Art Tutorial by Cheila

GIF Animation with The Gimp by tgfcoder

Emoticon Animation Tutorial by MenInASuitcase

Emoticon Shading Tutorial by LedMaiden

Secret Shading Tutorial by MixedMilkChOcOlate

Shiny Emote Shading Tutorial by Bad-Blood

Exploding Emote Tutorial by Bad-Blood

Spinning Beams Tutorial by MenInASuitcase

Shine Animation for GIMP Tutorial by el-L-eN

Prosaix's Sexy Shine Tutorial by prosaix

Hey wait, some of those tutorials aren't even about stamps!

This is because I challenge all deviants who think stamps can't be more than just text to think bigger than just a witty message or complaint as the subject for a stamp. By looking at some tutorials, you can broaden your skills and introduce entirely new elements to your stamps. Don't ever settle for ordinary stamps! Make them as extraordinary as you can and just keep going!

Some Notable Stamp Makers


This deviant is thoroughly dedicated to promoting the DeviantArt-Related Category within which the Stamp category itself currently resides. He produces his own stamps, is a recognised contributor to the :iconstamp-kingdom: group and regularly organises news articles featuring stamps.



A deviant who was just recently been promoted to senior status on dA for her hard work promoting and encouraging the creation of emoticons. She is a lovely and helpful deviant, who doesn't let others influence how she creates her own unique style of emotes and stamps. Her stamps often contain very thoughtful messages with appropriate emotes to match.

I love Mirz123 by ClefairyKid
I Love Stamps Stamp by Mirz123Thank You For The... Stamp by Mirz123Never Fit In Stamp by Mirz123


Otherwise known as Indae, and also a good friend of mine, she was voted best static emoticonist for 2010, and has a separate account for her stamps. She makes use of lovely colours, fonts and emotes, showing thought and care with her stamp designs.

Converse-Kidd by ClefairyKid
You're so sweet stamp by converse-kidd-stampsYou take me outa this world by converse-kidd-stampsDo you understand binary... by converse-kidd-stamps


Another deviant dedicated to participating in the :iconstamp-kingdom: group and featuring Pokemon themed stamps regularly. HIs dedication to producing and promoting stamps encourages and inspires those who are featured to continue their stamp making.

:thumb154031988:Oshawott Stamp by lightpurgeLady GaGa Fan Stamp by lightpurge


This deviant (previously known as CommanderLuminaire), has been a powerful supporter and creator of stamps. He invented things called lil' badges, as a smaller and more space conserving alternative to stamps, as well as providing custom box codes for pages and a myriad of stamp and button templates. He is also the founder of the :iconstamp-kingdom: group.

Spoiler Alert Stamp by SparkLum
Artist Anywhere by SparkLumdeviantARTs Inobvious Love by SparkLumStamplate 10 by SparkLum


The founder of the wonderful :iconstampsunlimited:, he is a great supporter of stamps and stamp makers, and is always looking to accept and feature stamps within his group. The :iconstampsunlimited: group is a great place for beginning and regular stamp makers to find a warm welcome and some feedback. dA--bogeyman also creates a large number of stamps himself, covering a huge variety of subjects.

dA--stamps by ClefairyKid
Clone Wars Master Yoda Stamp by dA--bogeymanLooney Tunes Stamp by dA--bogeymanOld School Pepsi Logo Stamp by dA--bogeyman

Links to Stamp Related Articles

Confirmation that as of the time of writing this article, stamps are still eligible for DD features

Weekly Pokemon Stamp Feature: Issue #001 - The first in the series of articles featuring Pokemon theme stamps

Pokemon Stamp Feature Issue #001 - The first in a new series of Pokemon theme stamp features

Project Educate - Stamps Edition

Project Educate - Stamps Feature

Drop into dA-Related

Stamps of 2010 - The Favourites

Hey wait, I don't have a subscription and want to use stamps still!

In order to use thumbnail codes in comments or journals, you need to have a subscription to dA. Since there are plenty of people who don't have one, there is another way around this. Groups such as :iconcollect-stamps: explain all you need to know about plz accounts and provide a list of categories of the stamps you can use. If you are a stamp maker yourself, you might consider looking into plz accounts and perhaps make some so that other users can enjoy using a well made stamp in their profile or journal (although plz accounts are not for everybody, certainly don't go harassing stamp makers to make accounts for their stamps if they simply choose not to).

How to find a thumbnail code

Information on the benefits of purchasing a dA subscription

I want to support great stamp makers and their stamps!

Stamp 055 - Stamps Makers by DA-Related

Well there are a number of ways you can do this! You can;

:bulletwhite: Create a support stamp for that stamp maker
:bulletwhite: Suggest the stamps to be featured in stamp group favourites or galleries
:bulletwhite: :+fav: Their stamps
:bulletwhite: Leave a supportive and kind comment on a stamp explaining why you like it so much
:bulletwhite: Use the stamp on your own page for others to see
:bulletwhite: Create a journal feature or news article featuring a bunch of great stamps
:bulletwhite: Interview a stamp maker for a journal article
:bulletwhite: Start up a stamp making contest to get the creativity flowing
:bulletwhite: Suggest a stamp for a DD

This last one in particular can be an extremely effective way to give a stamp and stamp maker more exposure. See these links in order to learn about DD features, and how to use your voice on dA to suggest features;

Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen?
What is a Daily Deviation?
What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation?

Keep in mind these key things;

:bulletwhite: Stamp suggestions should be sent to BurgerBunny
:bulletwhite: You should check to make sure that the artist has not already recieved a DD within the last three months (by entering to see what dates any previously recieved DDs have)
:bulletwhite: Daily Deviations are features that gain more exposure for an artist and their work. Since it is not an award as such, keep in mind which pieces you think are really appropriate for suggesting (such as a paricularly well made stamp by a relatively unknown deviant, as opposed to a very famous stamp by a famous user that a lot of people already know about).
:bulletwhite: It is helpful to add a little description within your note to the gallery moderator that lets them and everybody else know why you think that stamp is special enough for a feature ('I think this stamp is an excellent example of - ')

I just want to finish off this article by thanking all those who contribute to the stamps category, you really do brighten up dA. Please note that if there is something you feel I have missed in this article and want added, I do not have the ability to edit once published, so I apologise for that ^^;.

I want to leave you all thinking about how you can go out and make the stamps category and stamps themselves greater. Many people look down on the stamp category, and see them as lesser than other forms of art, but I will say this;

A stamp is only as great as you make it.

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WhatsTatersPrecious Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial;)
Quick question- do you happen to know, is there a limit for the amount of stamps (or characters in general) that you can put on your profile? Because I just went in and added a whole bunch of stamps, and now a lot of the ones near the bottom of my page won't show up. (Though, I have heard of a bug causing this to happen.. I'm just not sure if that is the case for me:shrug:)
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
Can't say for certain as I've never been one to use a large number of thumbnails anywhere, but I've seen in the past pages with at least several hundred (trust me it was a pain for me to load but they were there) so I imagine if there is a limit, it should be very, very high, and that if you've had issues, perhaps first try out looking at the page from another browser, and also from another internet source if possible, to know if those are the issue and not the thumbnails c:
Lunangel07 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist
Sweet~ Thank you so much for all these resources <3
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
You're welcome c:
CrimsonColt7 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
is there any way to fully filled in the entire space with the Stamps only ? please tell me.
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
I can't help you if you're vague, what space do you mean?
You should just be able to paste a lot of thumbnail codes over and over into the area and they sit next to each other. 
CrimsonColt7 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
nevermind just post some codes at my Profile and it worked, XD
Erinus20 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Thanks so much for this!
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
You're welcome, there's a version 2 somewhere though, that would be more relevant link/resources wise ^^
TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hey there :) Do you know if there is a file size limit for a stamp - in kb or something? :) I cant find out anywhere xD I'm making my first stamp :)
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Not that I'm aware of, it would have had to be introduced in the last 6 months for me to not notice :P 
Stamps are essentially no different than any other deviation, anything can be displayed as a thumbnail, it just so happens that stamps are specifically made to look best at the thumbnail size :P I don't think the system can actually tell a stamp from anything else XD
TzikiiPixels Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
Haha brilliant xD Thanks very much!! :hug: Uploading it now :happybounce:
WowManyStamps Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
FemFantasy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a tutorial for the Newer version of Paint to make Stamps? And how do you make "Templates" for Stamps? I no longer now how to use photoshop it got to advance for me..
deathzerobbb Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait so were do you go to create one ( i dont think it said unless i missed it D; )
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
*face palm*
You open up the image editing program of your choice... it's not a website thing OTL
deathzerobbb Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha at first i thought it said face plant haha.....oh so like photoshop or whatever its called xD And youll probally face plant this time um whats OTL i think its a stickfigure thing but not sure......

Also this is random but isnt clefairy a pokemon ( i like pokemon okay!? xD )
Adriast Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, its a shame some folk commented on this negatively(or eh in my eyes they did..) Thank you for taking the time to make this actually. I explained a great deal.^.^
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Eh people post without thinking a lot of the time, or without considering the benefit it might have for others, that's how it is :P
AnimeFreakMan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
BurningwoodM Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thanks. I'm going to use google chrome to figure out the coding issues.
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
What coding issues are those? Sorry, I don't remember talking about code beyond thumbnails in this article XD
BurningwoodM Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
So it's like when I use ":i c o n:" to get a avatar to show... what do I type to get a stamp to show? Forgive me, if this is not a code issue but I don't know how to get stamps to show in journals and replies. And I looked at the code to figure how to get iconavatars to work.
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
You just copy and paste the thumbnail code that is provided on each deviation page, it works for any deviation not just stamps. The article should have a guide on how to find the number, but it looks like :thumb00000: except different numbers of course. Usually you can find it in two different places on the right side of any deviation page, once near the top right under the arrow for all sharing buttons, and again as a simple code box that you can always copy straight out of (sometimes people disable their sharing buttons so just try looking for the white text box on the lower right side of deviation pages which should always be there). There's no getting it wrong, just copy and paste it c:
BurningwoodM Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thanks, I'll give it a try when I can bc I want to make the stamps!!!
lordmep Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Actually this wasn't that helpful. You show us templates and explain how to get those, but then you shoow us things we COULD do instead of HOW to do them.
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
It sounds like your looking for a tutorial, not a news article ;) For one, this one is a little old and outdated, as happens to all articles eventually, and secondly, this provides you with as much as I can provide without it becoming an actual tutorial. If you want to write your own article focusing on the subject from a different angle etc, you are always welcome to do so, articles can be written by anyone in the community and I'm sure people would appreciate a new stamp article C:
Avarifina Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't forget that now all deviants can use the thumb code, you may want to update that. :hug:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I realise that, however this article was made well over a year or so ago, and now I'm quite a bit busier than I was then, in order for me to properly update this, I will need at least a whole to go through and remove now dead links and new information, trust me It's on my massive to do list ;)
Avarifina Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay, awesome! Just wanted to give you a little heads up! ;P Thanks for the awesome tutorial! It's one of those things that makes life easier.
TheSkandranon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry if this question is already posted, but I just want to post a stamp on my authors note. And I'm not sure on how to do that. On the notes below I saw that you said to copy and paste the thumb code, and that you explained it in the article, but how do you find the thumb code? I couldn't find it on the article.
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Firstly, I've not head of an "author's note" before so I'm not sure right away how to help you with that, but you must have missed the part in the article where it tells you how to find them ;P

"How to find a thumbnail code""

Also, thumbnail codes are now found in two places on a deviation page, so here's a quick visual for the new place: [link]
TheSkandranon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. I got it on the second link you gave me, but I feel I should tell you the article you posted actually doesn't work anymore. It says that the page doesn't exist anymore.
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Oh really? Thanks for telling me, the article is pretty old now but I don't have the time to go back through all the links to see what's still working and what's not. I may need to do a new article about stamps in the future though c:
TheSkandranon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No prob, and thanks again
X-RayI3 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
oh bother!...sigh...The how to find a thumbnail code wont work on my computer due to its oldness could someone please help explain this to me?
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Because I have to keep explaining it, and it's really actually very simple, I made this: [link] should make sense easiest this way.
X-RayI3 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
thanks so much sorry for the inconvience
nihalr Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I discover non-subscribers can use stamps on bio part of their dev id, was it always this way, or is this a new implemention?
Vanghira Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question... If it's covered here, please tell me where... How do I convert videos to GIFs? Then if I only want part of the video, what should I do...
Please help and thanks! ^^;
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
This is a guide for creating stamps, not for converting videos into gifs ^^; I can only offer assistance when relating directly to stamp making, as I have no experience converting videos to gifs (and stamps are not always purely gifs from videos).
Vanghira Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah dang. It's ok. I was just wondering. I have enough patience to surf google for hours on end, so I think i might be able to find it. :D
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I imagine that's where you'd need to look : P
Vanghira Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. XD
Freyalibra3 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist
P.S. How do I put them up?
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Submit them to dA? Or do you mean something else?

... If you mean submit to dA, well you use the button called "submit"... and choose the category "dA related" "stamps"

If you still don't understand how to submit things, you may need to search for a tutorial, if there are any here on how to do that... it's actually really simple : /
Freyalibra3 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist
OK. Thanks
Freyalibra3 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist
This really helped but I have some questions:

Can I do it on paint?
How do I insert pictures or text?
How do I make it big enough?
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Um.... have you actually used any kind of digital editing software before? o - 0
MS paint, gimp, photoshop? I would say you need to understand the basics of using programs before you can achieve anything artwise, inserting pictures and changing sizes and text are all very basic and easy things, but I can't tell you how to do those things because they are different in every program.

Also, about it being "big enough", well if you use templates like it talks about in the article, they are the correct size? o-0 Sorry but I'm a bit confused, these don't seem like specifically stamp related questions...
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