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Monday, March 2, 2009

Share Your Photos In A Unique Way With Photo Stamps

By: Craig Thornburrow

Photo stamps can be a fun and unique way of sharing your favorite photo with family and friends. You can use photo stamps for just about any occasion and purpose, from letters, postcards, invitations to cards and packages.

Photo stamps come in several different rates from thirty nine cents for first class standard to twenty four cents for postcards and photo stamps. Larger postage rates can be made for packages. Photo stamps cost from about $17.99 for a single sheet of twenty thirty nine cent stamps and many photo stamps sites offer a discount when two or more sheets are purchased at one time.

Many people wonder how the United States Postal Service can tell the difference between a photo stamp and a counterfeit photo stamp. The information based indicia is how the United States Postal Service can tell the difference. The information based indicia is a specially designed two dimensional bar code on the printed photo stamps between the border and photos.

The special designed bar code contains information such as the date of the creation of the photo stamps and the software package serial number. A great deal of research has gone into the information based indicia technology and the end result is that photo stamps are completely reliable and trust worthy.

The size of each photo stamp postage measures 1.9 inches in width and 1.4 inches in height and the actual photo area is 1.1 inches in width and 1.1 inches in height. When creating photo stamps the most important thing is the photo you choose for your stamp so keep in mind the actual size of the final image when choosing your photo. You have two choices when choosing your photo for your photo stamps you can either choose to take the photo with the photo stamp in mind or you can choose a photo that has already been taken.

When taking a photo for your photo stamps the composition of your photo is very important. When setting up the shot for you photo stamp, it is important to choose a setting without a lot of background objects, such as trees and buildings. Next, you want to choose a pose that when shrunk down to the actual photo size of 1.1 inches by 1.1 inches you can still clearly see what or who the photos are of.

When using a person as the object of your photo stamp, it is a good idea to just use a close up of the face. When using multiple people, try for a close up head shot getting all the people included in the photo to lean their heads towards one another. When using an inanimate object for your photo stamp make sure that when shrunk down to the actual image size on the stamp that you can still make out what the object is.

When choosing to use a photo that has already been taken, you want to try to use a editing program to shrink the photo down to 1.1 inches by 1.1 inches to make sure you can still see the photo clearly. When choosing your photo make sure to pick a photo with a clutter free background.

You can choose either a color or black and white photo for you photo stamps, you can also use a custom drawing or design. When choosing a photo for your photo stamps close up shots that was focused and sharp work the best. When using a custom drawing or design the most important thing is to make sure the image will be clear and recognizable when shrunken down.

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