Create realistic text in chalk on blackboard in Photoshop

Hello. This lesson is devoted to creating a logo, by transferring the image drawn by hand on a sheet of paper in Adobe Photoshop, giving the effect of drawing on school blackboard with chalk.

Creating such an effect can be a daunting task. At a time when this task can be simplified by filters, plug-ins and other additions that help to achieve the desired effect. But the most realistic method is to draw everything manually, armed with a simple pencil and white paper.


Step 1

Preparation begins with printing the original image. Choose your own, found on the Internet or created by you, as the author did specifically for this lesson.

Step 2

After printing, place a blank sheet of paper on top of the original image. Pinch the edges, such as clips, for convenience. Take the simplest pencil, and transfer the image to the second sheet of paper. Try to completely repeat the lines and shapes, but so that it seemed that this is only a sketch of the picture.

Note: In other words, there should be gaps in the picture.

This step is suitable, as well as graphite pencils, and on the basis of dry paints, as well as other drawing tools.

Step 3

We use a technical tool, namely a scanner, to transfer the image to the digital environment. Then open it in Adobe Photosop. Next, use the adjustment layer. Levels (Levels) Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels (Layer – New adjustment layer – Levels). Thus, we will increase the contrast, remove the excess (possible) paper, leaving the logo drawn. The Levels settings below were selected for the image presented by the author. For your image, you may have to tweak the input level settings for shadows, midtones and light.

We write in chalk on a blackboard.

Step 1

Everything is ready to give effect, drawing with chalk on a blackboard. Create a new document in Adobe Photoshop, the author used the following settings: Aspect ratio: 1200×1000 pixels, Resolution: 200 pixels / inch, Color Mode: RGB colors. For your logo, other settings can be used. Paste the board texture using as background.

Step 2

Let’s add some depth to the image by adding a vignette on the edges. Create a new layer. Choose a tool Brush tool (B) (Brush tool). Brush: Soft. Colour: Dark grey. Darken the edges of the image as shown below. Change the blending mode of the new layer to Multiply (Multiplication). Adjust Opacity until the desired effect.

Step 3

Place the drawn image on top of all layers in the new document.

Invert the layer color by applying the command Ctrl + I, or through the menu Image – Adjustments – Invert (Image – Correction – Inversion). Thus, our logo will turn white, the white background will turn black. Change the layer’s overlay mode to Screen (Screen) so that only white elements remain.

Step 4

Add an adjustment layer to replace the color. On the panel Layers (Layers), click on the menu below. Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new adjustment layer or a fill layer) and select Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).

The window for changing the parameters of the adjustment layer will open in the Panel Properties (Properties), where they can be edited as follows, giving a blue tint.

Create a clipping mask near the adjustment layer. Right-click on the layer and select in the context menu Create a Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask). Or hold the key Alt, on the keyboard, and click, with the left mouse button, between the adjustment layer and the patterned layer.


In this lesson, a simple example was shown of creating a chalk effect on a blackboard. The result, presented below, looks quite realistic. We hope you liked the lesson, and you put a new technique in your knowledge box. Create your own unique creation!

Author: Lindsey Meredith

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