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DIY || 31 FREE Chalkboard Fonts & How to Create Realistic Chalk Writing in Photoshop

February 27, 2015
31 Free Chalkboard Fonts & How to Make Chalk Writing in Photoshop

I have put the links to all the fonts at the end of the article – they should all be free for personal use, but may not be free for commercial use.

I use these fonts when I’m doing photography and I need to make it look like there was writing on a chalkboard without actually writing on a chalkboard. Here are a few recent examples:

Chalkboard WritingChalkboard text

Chalkboard Font
You can see that in these images, the text doesn’t look as perfect and bright white as the fonts do on the image at the top of this post.

This article will explain how I make it look more like real chalkboard writing.

Related Post: FREE First Day of School Chalkboard Printables

Step 1 – Pick a font and write text

Step 1

Step 2 – Transform/rotate your text to match orientation of chalkboard (Ctl+T)

Step 2

Step 3 – Pick a slightly off-white colour. Pure white is too bright & perfect

Step 3

Step 4 – Turn the layer opacity down to 50%

Step 4

Step 5 – Make a copy of the text layer and open the layer style window. Select ‘outer glow’ and mess around with the opacity & size sliders until it looks how you want it.

Step 5

Step 6 – Create a layer mask on each of the text layers, and with a soft brush, slowly remove some of the text so that it looks smudged or worn off.

Step 6

Finished Product:

Links to Chalkboard Fonts:
DK Crayon Crumble
Haven’t Slept in Two Days
Janda Safe and Sound
Janda Stylish Script
Love Ya Like A Sister
Learning Curve BV
KG Like a Skyscraper
MTF Epic
Penelope Anne
Print Clearly
Promised Freedom
Purple Boxers
Return to Sender
Second Breakfast
She Paints Me Blue
Shelter Me
Stretching Up High
Sunshine in My Soul
Things We Said
Travel Diary
Waiting for the Sunrise

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1 Comment

  • Reply Marie-Annick Pilon April 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    question…How do you get the chalkboard background?

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