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Download: Put Your Own Stamp on It

By Rick LePage  ·  Issue: January/February 2013 (v10n1)

This is the sample image and gradients file to follow along with the “Put Your Own Stamp on It” tutorial from the January/February 2013 issue of Photographic Elements Techniques.


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14 Replies to Download: Put Your Own Stamp on It:

  1. Mary

    January 18, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Unable to open the grd file in elements. Please advise. I have unzipped it and saved it to my download file, but still can’t open it, not even in documents. Help!

    • Rick LePage

      January 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

      You can’t ‘open’ the Gradients file the way you would a normal image. Here are Diana’s instructions, which will be included in the companion article (which I’m hoping to post tomorrow).

      After downloading a gradient file, unzip or extract the file, if it’s compressed. You may store the .grd files in a folder anywhere on your computer. For convenience, I usually download new files to a folder on my Desktop to extract them and then move them to my Gradients folder later.

      To use a new gradient set, first you must Load it. Click the double chevron in the upper right corner of the Gradient Picker to open a menu, where you’ll find the Load Gradients command. Clicking that command opens a Load dialog where you can navigate to the location where you store your downloaded gradients. Click the gradient you wish to load, and then click the Load button. The new gradients will be appended in the gradient picker.

      • Mary

        January 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        Thanks Rick, that was a big help. And thanks to all who contribute so much to help us learn. Your talent and patience is very much appreciated.

  2. William

    January 18, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Same problem as Mary — can’t open the file and I really don’t understand why I would want to.

  3. Timothy

    January 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

    are things always this complicated!!

    • Rick LePage

      January 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

      How so, Timothy? On loading gradients? Yeah, Adobe doesn’t make that simple.

      We try to be as helpful as possible when providing sample images for use with the magazine tutorials, though. If there are ways you think we could do it better, please let us know.


  4. Diana

    January 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Hi William & Timothy,

    That gradient file goes with this companion article to the magazine article, which describes how to create a pop-art look with the typographic portrait, and also how to load (not open) a .GRD file in Elements to use with the pop-art tutorial:


  5. Jerry

    January 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Most people end up complaining over time about how their system slows way down. We then go in an delete stuff off of our hard drive or desktop and even run a defrag which can take forever and hopefully gain the speed back.

    Systems for years have had flash USB/Microcard access to work with. Now I download abr, pat, grd etc to a 16 gig flash drive which keeps it off the desktop and root C drive until you put it in it’s final resting place on either an EHD, or local C drive. The advantage is not creating disk fragments that slow your system down. I use too download to desktop then unzip and move to final resting area until I thought about creating a fragmented system. Sorry this is such dry info but I am to old to say it in an interesting way.


    • Diana

      January 19, 2013 at 5:28 am

      Thanks for the tip, Jerry.


    • Mary

      January 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

      So simple – Great Tip! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Lourdes

    January 21, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Finally, I found the cheat sheet and attempted to load the gradient; no luck. Honestly, this is extremely disorganized and frustrating. I give up!!!

  7. lisa

    April 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I found the sample photo!!!! I just had to click on a couple of links.

    • Diana

      April 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      I’m so glad you found it, Lisa! Good luck with the tutorial.


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