Bluebeam Revu comes stocked with a Stamp tool that allows you to quickly add a “rubber stamp” comment on a drawing. By default, Revu comes preloaded with a library of commonly used text stamps, such as “DRAFT” and “FOR REVIEW”. With just one click, you can use these stamps to convey important status information. When placed on a PDF, stamps will act similarly to markups. Once placed, you can edit their appearance properties and view them from the Markups List.
It may be useful to create your own custom stamps, especially if you are planning on reusing them often. Some of the most popular custom stamps you can make are ones for your company’s logo or your signature. Essentially, it’s useful to create a stamp for any image or text you need to place over and over again.
Along with creating custom stamps, Bluebeam Revu allows you to add Dynamic Text to stamps. Dynamic Text is a text field that will automatically update when the stamp is placed on the PDF. With Dynamic Text, you’ll quickly be able to see metadata about the stamp – such as when it was placed or who placed it.
In this article, we will cover the basics of creating and using Stamps within Bluebeam Revu. Going beyond standard stamps, we will also cover how to create stamps with Dynamic Text. The following examples are from Bluebeam Revu 2019 eXtreme edition, but the process is the same within all versions of Revu.
Creating Custom Stamps
To create a custom stamp in Revu, select the Tools menu and select Stamps. Within the dropdown menu, you’ll see a library of premade stamps available. At the bottom of the menu, select Create Stamp.
A dialogue box will open and you can adjust the initial settings for your stamp. From here, you can set your stamp’s Subject, which will determine its name within the dropdown menu. There are other options here regarding your stamp’s appearance – but most of this can be edited manually later on. Once you adjust the settings as needed, select OK to continue.
A document tab will open with a specified space for you to edit the stamp. From here, you can add any Images, Markups or Snapshots to create your stamp. Before beginning, you can adjust the size of the stamp using the blue control points. It should be noted that any material within the white space will appear in the stamp. Anything within the gray space will not be included.
In this example, I will be making a stamp of my company’s logo so that I can use it over and over again. To do this, I will add an Image markup to my stamp by selecting Tools > Markups > Image > From File. In the Open window, I can select an image file from my computer to use for the stamp.
The selected image will be docked to my cursor. I can now place the stamp by clicking and dragging my cursor within the Stamp’s editing space. Once placed, the image can be resized and moved around as needed.
Adding Dynamic Text to Stamps
At this point, there’s enough information for a standard custom stamp. However, you may want to define your stamp further by adding Dynamic Text. As mentioned earlier, Dynamic Text is a text field that will fill in with desired metadata when the stamp is placed.
To add Dynamic Text to the stamp, you just need to add a Text Box markup. This is available from the toolbar, or from the Tools > Markups menu. Click and drag to create a text box within the stamp space. After placing the Text Box, a Dynamic dropdown menu will appear.
Select the Dynamic drop down menu to see the available options. Here, you’ll find options to add User, File Name, and Time metadata to the stamp. Each of these options will fill in automatically once the Stamp is placed on a PDF.
For my stamp, I’m going to select User and Date. When the stamp is used, these fields will tell me the user who placed the stamp and the date it was placed.
The Dynamic Text options will appear as shown on your stamp. This text will fill in automatically once the Stamp is placed. Once you are finished with your stamp, go up to the File dropdown menu and select Save.
Placing Stamps on a PDF
Now, you will be able to find your newly created stamp listed by selecting Tools > Stamps. The stamp will be listed by the Subject you set for it during creation.
Once you select your stamp, you can now place it on a PDF. To place the stamp, simply click on the PDF. The stamp will automatically appear in the set location. If you set any Dynamic Text, that text will automatically be filled in.
As I had chosen to add User and Date Dynamic Text options, my stamp’s text filled in with the name of the user who placed the stamp, along with the date that they placed it.
Bluebeam Revu’s Stamps allow you to place images and text with just a click of the mouse. Revu Stamps are like digital rubber stamps, letting you mark a document as APPROVED or SUPERSEDED. Beyond the default stamps available, Revu allows for the creation of custom stamps. With custom stamps, you can create a stamp for images you’ll be reusing for quick access. When creating a custom stamp, you can even add Dynamic Text options. Dynamic Text will fill in with desired metadata when placed – such as the date and time that it was placed. By creating custom stamps with dynamic text, you can now display and track project data with ease.
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