This tutorial will show you a really quick and easy way to create a stylized chalk text effect, using some filters and drop shadow effects. Let’s get started!
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:
1. Create the Background
Open the Black Board image, and then go to Image > Image Size, and set the Width to 1000 px.
Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Levels.
Set the Gamma value to 0.95. This will darken the texture a little bit.
2. Create the Text and Chalk Layers
Create the text using the font Magnolia Script. Set the Size to 200 pt, and if you’re using multiple lines of text, set the Leading to a value around 185 pt.
Set the Foreground and Background colors to
Create a new layer below the text layer, call it Chalk, and fill it with
Go to Filter > Convert for Smart Filters, to convert the layer into a smart object.
3. Apply the Filters
Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
Change the Amount to 150 and the Distribution to Gaussian, and check the Monochromatic box.
Go to Filter > Stylize > Diffuse, and choose the Lighten Only Mode.
4. Mask the Chalk Texture
Command-click the text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.
Click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Select the text layer, and change its Fill value to 0.
5. Style the Text Layer
Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style:
Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:
- Opacity: 100%
- Distance: 6
- Spread: 35
- Size: 1
- Noise: 100%
Click the + icon to the right of the Drop Shadow tab to add another instance with these settings:
- Opacity: 100%
- Distance: 7
- Spread: 60
- Size: 5
- Noise: 50%
Add another Drop Shadow instance with these settings:
- Opacity: 25%
- Distance: 15
- Spread: 0
- Size: 15
- Noise: 30%
This will create the colored chalk outline and finish off the text effect.
Congratulations, You’re Done!
In this tutorial, we created a simple background using a blackboard texture, and then created text and a smart object layer to work on the effect.
After that, we applied some filters to create the main chalk effect and masked it to the text we created.
Finally, we styled the text using a couple of drop shadow effects with different settings to create the colored outline.
Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.