Saturday, January 5, 2013

Digital Chalkboard Art

Saturday, January 5, 2013
While browsing Pinterest, I found some great chalkboard backgrounds and tutorials for making your own digital chalkboard art in Photoshop.


It was a quiet Saturday evening in our apartment as we watched the playoff games and enjoyed pizza + wings, so I opened up Photoshop and played around with the chalkboard background from here and the tutorial from here. These are great free resources, so check them out!

Using one of my favorite Winnie-the-Pooh quotes, I made this simple little sign. There are three different versions - feel free to save them for your own use. Here's a brief summary of what I did:

1.     I opened the chalkboard background in Photoshop, selected the Type tool, chose a fun font (or a few), and typed out my quote. Then I selected "crumpled paper" as a pattern overlay in blending mode under layer style.


2.     Then I rasterized the text layer and added some noise at less than 30% to make the "chalk" not so smooth. 


3.     Next, I used an eraser on 20% opacity to make some parts of the letters lighter than others. Finally, I made a new blank layer on top and used a white round brush set to 20% opacity to make some smudges on a few of the letters. All these steps are explained really well in Courtney's tutorial :)



This last version incorporates a bird graphic from The Graphics Fairy :)

I'm looking forward to creating more Photoshop chalkboard art soon!


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14 comments:

  1. This is very sweet. It turned out really well.

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    1. Thanks so much! It's really quite easy!

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  2. if i print this out, it is going to use alot of black ink!!!

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    1. I probably wouldn't print it for that reason, unless you are using it on a small note card or something. It's better for digital art :)

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  3. Love this! Thanks! I want to try this for some fun images or maybe a timeline image for Facebook

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    1. You're welcome! Let me know how it works out - I'd love to see!

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  4. Thanks for the great tips! I've been wanting to try chalkboard for quite awhile now. It's so popular, isn't it? Thanks so much for sharing, and I love your quote. Have a great day!

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  5. You always have such wonderful projects! I love reading your blog. I wanted to invite you to come link up at a party on my blog. It is a link party for OLD projects--so that we can hopefully get more traffic to our blogs using projects we've already posted. Come over and remind us of some of your favorite projects!
    The link-up is live now.
    http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2013/01/hello-and-welcome-to-first-oldie-but.html
    Hope to see you there!
    Nancy

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  6. I have been wanting to do this for so long! Thanks for the great post :)

    xo Sara

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  7. What is the font you used for the "Chalkborad Art" sign?

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      The font is called Handy George: http://www.dafont.com/handygeorge.font
      Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by :)

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