This lesson will teach you how to use the brush and its settings to create text with the effect of chalk.
The result of the lesson:
Author’s Note: The lesson uses Photoshop CS6, but you can use a version of CS3 and higher.
Materials for the lesson:
Open the image with the board in Photoshop and with the tool Frame (Crop Tool) get rid of the corners with a black background.
Go to the menu Image – Correction – Levels (Image -> Adjustments -> Levels) and set the value for shadows to 20, for half-tones the value is 0.88. This will make the image darker.
Now go to the menu Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image -> Adjustments -> Hue / Saturation) and change the saturation value to 10. This will make the colors brighter.
Write the text in Blokletters Potlood font with a size of 270 pt.
The lesson uses inscription on two layers in order to demonstrate the use of more than one color, but you can write your text on one layer.
Open the brush settings palette in the menu Window – Brush (Window -> Brush) and then change the settings as shown below:
Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape)
Select Chalk Brush 44
Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics)
Double brush (Dual Brush)
Select Spatter 14 Brush
Make the text layers invisible by clicking on the eye icon next to them.
Right-click on the text layer and select Create work path (Create Work Path).
Activate the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), set the foreground color to white, and create a new layer on top of all layers, then name it “Chalk”.
Right-click on the work path and select the option Outline the contour (Stroke Path).
In the stroke dialog box, in the drop-down menu, select the tool Brush(Brush). Check that the checkbox is cleared. Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure).
Now your outline will be circled with a chalk brush. Press Enter to get rid of the contour. Keep in mind that different brush sizes may be required for different font sizes.
Outline each letter of the second layer with a different color. To do this, right-click on the text layer and select Create work path (Create Work Path). Now using the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), drag and select the first letter in the word to select its reference points.
Set the foreground color to whatever color you like, keep in mind that bright colors will look better. Make a stroke, as you did before, for all letters, but until you finish the last letter, do not press the key Enter.
The colors used in the lesson:
S – # f5989d
c – # fff799
h – # bd8cbf
o – # fdbd89
o – # 79bcde
l – # 82ca89
To improve the color rendition, the last thing we do is add a correction layer. Click the icon for selecting the adjustment layer at the bottom of the layers palette and select the correction Gradient map (Gradient Map).
Make sure the adjustment layer is on top of all layers in the palette, and then change its blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 40%.
In the gradient we use two colors – on the left # c3ae99 and on the right # FFFFFF.
And now our text on the blackboard is ready!
And the version below can be used for the Facebook page. Enlarge the image, right-click and save the image.
The author of the lesson wishes you a good school year.