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I am using Acrobat 7 Professional. I see in their Stamp Pallet that there are several stamps that seem to have a transparent background but if I try to make a custom stamp, I cannot get this effect and all my home-made stamps have an opaque white box around them. I know this has been asked before but does anyone have any updated, new info on a way to do this?
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 1000 total points
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Are you using text or images on your custom stamps? How are you creating them?

I can assure you that it does work :-) The most basic stamp is just text: Take a blank PDF page and use the TouchUp Text tool, hold down the Ctrl key (or the Option key on a Mac) and click on the page. This will create some new text. Edit it, select it and right-click, then select Properties. Change the font size and the fill color and then create a custom stamp out of this page. When you apply the stamp, the background will be transparent.

When you start with a file that was created by an application (e.g. Word), it's possible that the PDF file does no longer have a transparent background. Some apps fill the background with (non-transparent) white. This way, you will never get a transparent stamp. There are ways to remove the white background, but this depends on the application (hence my question about how you create your stamps).
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by:BobArnett
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I was trying to use a bitmap and hence the solid background. I discovered the options in my graphics program to save with transparent background but your solution works better. Thanks for the tips.
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When you are using a transparent image (e.g. GIF or PNG), you need to import this image directly into Acrobat, and not printing it to the Adobe PDF printer. Only a direct import ("Create from File" in Acrobat) will preserve the transparency, and, you have to use an image format that actually allows transparency.
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You certainly sent me in the right direction. I didn't know Acrobat could import from so many formats. I also then discovered in the Stamp Menu that I could paste a "stamp" from the clipboard although I couldn't find where I could make a custom stamp from the clipboard contents. I'm learning all kinds of things today. Thanks, again.
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