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How do I use the Stamps Palette to create and save customized stamps for the Stamp Tool?


I want to add custom stamps to the Stamp Palette for use with the Stamp Tool.


Before PDF-XChange Editor or PDF-XChange Viewer are used to create stamps it is important to note the following:

  • Most images are in raster format and will pixellate if zoomed to a high degree. Therefore it is advisable to create stamps from pre-sized images. (Vector-based images do not experience this issue).
  • If a transparent background is desired for stamps then a suitable image format must be used. The formats *.gif and *.png support transparency but *.jpg and *.pdf do not. N.b. Microsoft Paint does not handle *.png transparency well, but most modern graphics programs do. GIMP is one such program. A free GIMP download is available here.
  • PDF files that contain transparent images/objects without backgrounds (such as scanned signatures) can also be used to create transparent stamps - empty space on the page will be ignored. Please note that content must be flattened before it can be used as a stamp. Right-click content and then click Flatten in order to flatten it. 

PDF-XChange Editor

For more detail follow the instructions here in order to create and utilize stamps.

1. On the Comment tab of the Ribbon UI (or the main toolbar in the Classic UI), Click the Stamp tool Dropdown menu and select Stamps palette.

2. Click Add New in the Stamps Palette.

3. Click From File to create a new stamp from an image file. Select the desired file and click Open. The new stamp will appear in the window of the stamps palette, and is also available in the stamps pane.

PDF-XChange Viewer

Please note that the shortcut to the Stamp Tool is displayed in the Comment and Markup Toolbar:

1. Click the dropdown arrow on the right of the icon. A submenu will be displayed.

2. Click Show Stamps Palette. The Stamps Palette will open:

3. Click New to create new stamps. Please note that custom stamps cannot be saved in the same collection as Standard Stamps. Therefore a New Collection will be created automatically when the first new stamp is created.

4. The options From Image, From PDF and From Clipboard will become available at the top of the Stamps Palette. These options refer to the source of the new stamp:

From Image

When this option is selected, PDF-XChange Viewer will prompt for an image file to use for the new stamp. Select the desired file and click Open. The stamp will then be available in the new collection of the Stamps Palette.

From PDF

When this option is selected, the following dialog box will be displayed:

  • Enter the name of the desired file in the File text box, or click Browse to select it from the files on the local computer.
  • Use the Page number box to enter the page number to be used.
  • Use the Title text box to name the stamp.
  • Click OK to save the stamp. It will then be available in the new collection of the Stamps Palette.

From Clipboard

Click From Clipboard to create a stamp from the current content of the clipboard. The new stamp will then be available in the new collection of the Stamps Palette and have the name "New Stamp". Select the stamp and click Rename to rename it.

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