Software: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC
Tutorial: Spoon Graphics Blog
Creating an image on a chalkboard is now very trendy. At first resturants put out a listing of their daily specials on an A-frame chalkboard. Somewhere along the line it was no loner enough to just list them with your normal hand writing. Now a chalkboard’s message had to include embellishments, fonts, text on a path and banners. Now a whole industry seems to have grown around having the best looking chalkboard outside your store.
I haver been steady when it come to my hand writing, so I have to admit that I am impressed with people who can do great freehand chalk images and writing. So I was interested when Spoon Graphics talked about using Photoshop and Illustrator to make a chalk style image. Unfortunately, one part of the design involved printing out the design, drawing over the image in pencil and then scanning the new image into Photoshop. The drawing over the image would give the errors and variances that come from freehand images. The unfortunate part of this process is that I don’t have a scanner. So I did the tutorial, but I did not do the scanning. Instead I used layer styles, blurs and noise filters to roughen up the image. The final effect for educated trial and error is rather good, but I must admit it still looks a bit computer generated.