Headstamp drawing request & how to do it


I am still putting together an article for the journal about the “coyote getter” cartridges mentioned in a couple of topics on the forum.
I would like to include a drawing of a particular headstamp but cant seem to get a digital version right and would like a version much better than any hand drawn one I could do. Would someone with the right computer program be willing to produce this for me? Just a simple black and white reproduction - 2 circles (rim and primer pocket) and arial type font in capitals. Just like this example

Details are:

U @ 12:00, S @ 3:00, S @ 6:00, and U @ 9:00

Hard to see pic of headstamp.



Any good ?


That is the exact style I was hoping for and it looks pretty close except the S at the bottom seems to be upside down and not quite at the 6 oclock position. The example pic shows the headstamp a bit rotated which makes that S look offline a little but it should be in the 6 position.
Thanks for your effort so far.


Here is a typical B&W style:


How is this:

I reproduced the original to the exact scale, just larger. and then used same font sizes, etc for the new one:


Here, you can download it at WMF format :

It can be resized without deformation


Thanks for all of those!
What programs did you all use? A photoshop type editing program or something like CartWin?
I am sure there is an easy way to do it with photoshop but I cant seem to get perfect circles of the right size. I might just save a blank one that only needs the text added - I know how to do that.


[quote=“alpinehunter”]Thanks for all of those!
What programs did you all use? A photoshop type editing program or something like CartWin?[/quote]
I do all of my photo editing with a relatively archaic photo editor called PhotoImpact 4. It dates from the late 90’s and has always done everything I need.



I used photoshop.

Here is a hint that makes making circles super easy. (This same tip is what I use to “cut out” headstamps such as seen here: http://www.freemycollection.com/?page=list_pinfire&size=15mm)

You can see the video and each step I click better, if you click the video again after it starts playing and watch it full screen on youtube’s site

Guide Lines. (you drag them from the rulers)

Now, making the exact replica of the other file headstamp was a little more complicated, but same principle.
(Make a big circle, and have the second circle set to subtract from the bigger circle:)


Here is the PSD for photoshop of the centerfire circles if you want it too:

dl.dropbox.com/u/21750404/center … dstamp.psd

And again, a short video showing the use of guide layers to line up the text in the headstamp:



With a little experience, Microsoft Paint (which is a standard program that comes with most PCs) is simple, versatile, and capable, within some limitations, of doing many useful things of a design nature - plus it’s free and superior to etch-a- sketch.

Sometimes you just have to learn to use what you have available. and that’s how I came to start using Paint. I have used it for drawing some fairly elaborate engineering sketches and illustrations when nothing else was available. It’s certainly not to be confused with AutoCAD, but I have been using Paint for long enough to have achieved a feel for it that an inexperienced user may not develop for some time.


Thankyou very much for those videos Aaron - I will have to watch them later but I am sure they will help. Looks to be a different version of photoshop but the ideas should be the same. The file is perfect as a template.
Maverick - you even got the relative size of the primer pocket right! I had trouble with the file type but will have another go.

I have Photoshop CS and another simpler program that came free with a printer that is handy for simple work. I use both depending on the job at hand but am nowhere near fully proficient with Photoshop yet.


OK ?


Yes that is right.
Now I have to choose between about 6 different versions!!

Thanks everyone.