Stamps are an important part of many workflows. Revu comes preloaded with a variety of useful stamps, but many users will find that they want to create their own stamps. Revu makes the process simple. In this tutorial, we'll be creating a basic approval stamp with the current date and the user's name, but the procedure can be used to create a wide range of stamps.
Creating a Custom Stamp
Go to Markup > Stamp > Create Stamp. The Create Stamp dialog box appears.
- Enter a memorable name for the stamp in the Subject field. For this stamp, we will use "Approved By and Date".
- Choose a template as a starting point from the Template menu. We're going to use "Text with Date and Border" for this example.
- Set the Width and Height (in inches) as well as the Opacity and Text Color & Line Color. For this example, we're going to leave the defaults is place.
Click OK. The PDF stamp editor appears with the raw form of your stamp.
- Double-click the text (in this case, "Approved By and Date") to edit it. Since we only want the stamp itself to say "Approved" we are going to erase "By and Date".
- The dynamic elements of the stamp are identified by their format: &[element]. In our example, we have two: &[Date] and &[Time]. If we left these alone, any time the stamp was placed the date and time would automatically be placed on the stamp, but we would rather have the name of the user placing the stamp and the date instead. To change a dynamic stamp element:
Double-click the desired dynamic element. When you do, a Dynamic menu appears.
- If you happen to know the name of the element you want to use, you can enter it directly into the stamp. In the image above, notice how only the name of the element (Date) is highlighted. Since we don't know the name of the element, we are going to select it from the Dynamic menu, but before we do, we need to highlight the entire element (&[Date]) since selecting a new element from the dynamic menu inserts the entire element, including the ampersand and the brackets.
With the entire dynamic element selected, click the Dynamic menu and choose the desired element. We're going with User.
Note: The user name that the User dynamic element uses is the one in the General Preferences.
Repeat this process to change &[Time] to &[Date].
- Even though we left the appearance properties of our stamp on the default settings when we created it, we can change them now if we want to. Simply select the desired part of the stamp and make changes on its Properties tab. For example, suppose we want the approver's name and the date to be black instead of red and we want them to be in a smaller font. We would need to:
- Highlight the desired elements (in this case, &[User] &[Date]).
On the Properties tab, change the Font Size and the Text Color properties. Once we do, our stamp looks more like what we want.
- Use the same process to change the "Approved" text, to change the line color or thickness, to add a fill color, or whatever else you want.
- To resize the stamp, select its border and use the yellow control points like you would any other markup.
- The last thing we want to do to our stamp is to add our logo. You can add any image to a stamp using the Image Tool. To do so:
- Go to Markup > Image or press I on the keyboard. The Open dialog box appears.
- Select the desired image file and click Open.
To force our logo into the corner of our stamp, we are going to click and drag a rectangle with the image tool cursor.
- When you're satisfied with your stamp, click Save on the Command bar. Your stamp is added to your stamps list and you can use it any time by going to Markup > Stamp and selecting it.