Software & Apps Design How to Make Rubber Stamp Effects in Paint.NET Add a grunge or distressed look to text and images with Paint.NET by Ian Pullen Writer Ian Pullen is a former Lifewire writer and an experienced graphic designer and web developer with a strong interest in free and open-source graphics software. our editorial process LinkedIn Ian Pullen Updated on May 04, 2020 Design Graphic Design Photoshop Animation & Video 3D Design Tweet Share Email Rubber stamp effects are often used to create the "distressed" text and images that are popular on album covers, modern art, and magazine layouts. It's possible to make a rubber stamp effect in Paint.NET using texture images. Instructions in this article apply to version 4.2 of the Paint.NET image editing software, not to be confused with the website of the same name. What You Need to Make a Rubber Stamp in Paint.NET Find a photo of a rough textured surface, such as stone or concrete, to produce the distressed effect of the final graphic. You could use a digital camera to take a picture specifically for this purpose, or use a free texture from an online source such as MorgueFile or FreeImages. Make sure the image is larger than the graphic that you are producing. Whatever the surface, it'll be the "imprint" for distressing, so a brick wall will end up making your final text look vaguely brick-like. Whenever you use images or fonts from online sources, always check the license terms to ensure that you are free to use them in your intended way. How to Add a Rubber Stamp Effect in Paint.NET To add a rubber stamp effect to text in Paint.NET: Go to File > Open to open the texture image you chose. Go to Adjustments > Posterize. Make sure Linked is checked in the Posterize dialog box, and then drag one of the sliders to the left. If you prefer an irregular speckled effect, turn off the Linked setting and adjust the colors individually. When you're satisfied, select OK. Select Layers > Add new layer. If the Layers palette isn't open, select the Layers icon in the top-right corner (next to the clock icon) and check that only the new layer is selected. To select a layer, you must click on it. Checking the box beside the layer simply shows or hides the layer. Select the Text tool, or press the T key and type some text. Download the editable text plugin for Paint.NET to go back and change text later on. Select the Shapes tool or press the O key, then click and drag on the image to draw a rectangular border around the text. Change the Brush width settings in the top toolbar to adjust the thickness of the borderline. If you're not happy with the position of the box, go to Edit > Undo and try drawing it again. Make the background visible by clicking the box beside Background in the layers palette, then go to Tools > Magic Wand to select the Magic Wand. Select the icon beside Flood Mode and select Global from the drop-down box. Click anywhere on the texture image, then go to Layer > Delete layer. Select Edit > Erase Selection. You'll be left with the rubber stamp text. It is also possible to make a rubber stamp effect with GIMP, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements.