Although I haven't specifically been asked how to create a chalkboard printable, I do get asked about some of the topics relating to it (such as where to get a chalkboard background , which fonts to use or how to make a printable). So I decided it would be a good idea to amalgamate those questions into one handy tutorial. Especially since chalkboard printables are awesome, and very "in" for creating art and graphics right now.
Free Chalkboard Background
The first thing you need if you are going to make a chalkboard printable is a chalkboard background (yeah, I know - obvious). Now, I could get really complicated here and tell you how to make it in Photoshop. But since not everyone can justify the cost of buying Photoshop, I'm going to keep things super simple and provide you with a free chalkboard background which you can download instead.
I have made the background A4 size, since the focus of this post is how to make a pretty printable with it.
Best Chalkboard Fonts
Next, you need some cool fonts which look authentically chalky. Being self proclaimed Queen of the Fonts, I have already written a post about the best chalkboard fonts. But here are my current favorites:
Borders And Banners
If you are going to be using an online editor like PicMonkey (which I will get onto in a minute), then you will find some free banners and borders available on the site. But if you are going to be using your own image editor, then you might want to download some to use on your printable. The following examples are actually fonts.
Create A Chalkboard Printable In PicMonkey
PicMonkey is my favorite free graphics tool. You can use many of the fonts and images without subscription, but if you do upgrade to their Royale package then you will have even more opportunity to create some great art.
Step one. Open my free chalkboard background in edit mode. Check out the 'Overlays' tab on the menu, and look through the corners, borders and other clipart until you feel inspired. For chalkboard art, I like to set the text colour to #FFFFFF (white) and slide the fade bar along to about 10%. This reduces the opacity, so that a bit of the background shows through the image.
Step two. Add some text. If you are feeling uninspired, you can browse through a website like Brainy Quote to find something which appeals to you. As with the overlays, I change the colour to white and then reduce the opacity.
Step three. Save your masterpiece to your computer.
How To Create A Create A Chalkboard Printable In Photoshop
The main advantage of Photoshop is that you can save your image as a PDF once you're done, which makes it super simple if you want to share it with your readers. Otherwise, it isn't much different to creating an image with PicMonkey.
Step one. Add your frames, border or other pretty embellishments. There are some suitable shapes included with the software, but personally I prefer to use the ornament themed fonts which I linked to earlier in the post.
Step three. Add the text. If you aren't sure how to install extra fonts on your computer, check out my tutorial. Repeat step two for the text you have added.
Step four. Save your file. If you want to share your creations with your blog readers, or you just want a more convenient format to print from, you can save the image as a PDF. If your file is still in PSD format then you will need to save it as a JPG first, before you can convert it into a PDF.
The resulting PDF file can be huge, so you may want to click on the 'compression' tab and reduce the image quality, especially if you are going to be uploading your printable for other people's use. The reduction in image quality is barely conceivable, but it makes a big difference to the file size.
Step five. Print your new artwork and frame it.
If you create your own chalkboard printable from my chalkboard background/tutorial and share it with your blog readers, a link back to this post will bring you good karma. But I'm not going to lose sleep if you use my chalkboard image without credit, it's just greatly appreciated. :-)