Whiteboard graphics are all the rage right now and this tutorial will show you some tips you can use if you want to make your own. This is a great technique for adding images to blog posts, especially for crafts.
For the purposes of this guide, there are several fonts and resources you can use. The two fonts are Eraser Regular and Seaside Resort, and the chalkboard backgrounds are from Foolishfire. These free versions of the wallpapers are designed for use on the web, but they also offer a high-resolution version that you can purchase if you’re creating graphics for printing.
- Open the blackboard background and place the frame
- Add first text section
- Add text in chalk
- Convert image to bitmap
- Add an image to your board
- Add a mask and set the blending mode
Open the blackboard background and place the frame
The chalkboard background set includes three different options that you can use so that you can choose your favorite in gray, blue or green backgrounds.
Go to File † Open and navigate to where the selected wallpaper is stored.
The chalkboards used for display usually have drawn elements, so we’ll add a simple border first.
Go to File † After and select the PNG frame by clicking the button After to import it into a background file. You may need to resize the frame by clicking and dragging one of the eight drag handles on the outer edges before pressing the key yield or double click on the frame.
Add first text section
This first piece of text is also meant for drawing. So it doesn’t have the roughness of chalk. In this example, the Seaside Resort font is used because it works well with chalkboards and because the designer has licensed the font for use in personal and commercial projects.
Click on the tool now Text on the toolbar, then click about halfway up the top of the board. In the tool options bar below the menu bar, click the button to center the text. if The character Palette not open, go to Windown † The character and select the desired font. use from the drop-down menu. Now you can enter your text and use the size edit box to adjust the size. If necessary, switch to the Move tool and drag the text into place if it’s not quite right.
When you are happy with this text, continue adding chalk in the next step.
Add text in chalk
Once you’ve added small text to your design, go ahead and see how you can add images that resemble chalk.
Convert image to bitmap
In the real world, detailed images rarely appear on blackboards, but we’re not in the real world right now. So let’s see how to add photos that look a little chalky.
First you need to select an image to use. Ideally, find something with a simple subject (the example uses a self-portrait) that doesn’t contain a lot of intricate detail. Open your photo and if it is in color go to Image † Mode † shades of grey to discolor it. This method works best with high-contrast images, so you can tweak it a bit. The easiest way to do this is to go to Image † Institutions † Brightness / Contrast and raise both sliders.
For the next step, go to Image † Mode † bitmap and set the Output option to 72 DPI. In the method, set the parameter to “Threshold 50%”. If you don’t like how the image looks, please go to the section Change † Cancel and try adjusting the brightness and contrast. Then try converting to bitmap again. Some images may never convert as well as you’d like with this method, so be prepared to choose a different image if this is the case.
Assuming the bitmap conversion is successful, go to Image † Mode † shades of grey leaving the aspect ratio at 1 before you can move on to the next step.
Add an image to your board
To add an image to the chalkboard, click and drag it onto the chalkboard window. If you’ve set up Photoshop to open files in the same window, right-click the image tab and select Movement in New window † You can then drag it as described.
If the image is too big, go to the section edit † transform † Scale and then use the handles to resize the image as needed. , You can hold down the Shift key while dragging to keep the aspect ratio of the image unchanged. Double click on the image or press the key Yield if the size is right.
Add a mask and set the blending mode
In this last step, the key is to make the image look more like it was drawn on a whiteboard.
The first problem with the image is that the black areas don’t match the board itself, so you have to hide them.
Choose a resource magic wand (fourth tool at the bottom of the toolbox) and click on the white area of the image. Then go to Low † Low Mask † Show selection , and you will see the black areas disappear from view. The layers palette now has two icons on the image layer. Click the left icon and then change the Blending Mode drop-down menu at the top of the Layers palette from Normal to Overlay.
You will see that the texture of the board is now visible through the image, making it look more natural. In this case, it also looked a bit pale, so if that happens, go to Low † Duplicate Low to put a copy on top making the white a bit richer. This will keep the board texture visible.
That’s all this technique has to offer, and you can easily customize it with different fonts and other decorative elements like borders and swatches.