Chalk art. It’s everywhere. Somehow chalkboard paint, vinyl, etc has made it from walls, to cup labels, even whole wedding themes around it! Crazy!
Well these days there are TONS of fantastic fonts and even chalkboard backgrounds that make it easy for anyone with Photoshop to create a digital version of their favorite chalkboard art.
But what if you don’t have that software? Or even if you do, you can’t figure out how to use it anyway? Not a problem. I’ve found a fool proof way to create your own realistic chalkboard lettering on your iPhone or Android device.
So obviously to do this you need a smart phone. I used an iPhone, but the apps I use should be available for both Apple and Andriod devices (not sure about windows phones).
The two apps you’ll need are Phonto and Repix.
We’ll start with Phonto. Chalkboards are most often black, so we need to start with a plain black background. To do that, tap the camera icon at the bottom center of the screen and select ‘plain image’.
Your next screen will look like this:
Tap the black square at the top left corner to open a second selection screen….
Once you’re on the edit screen with your clean black background, tap anywhere to see the ‘add text’ botton appear. Tap that again and it will open the text edit screen…
Enter whatever text you wish to use. If you are working with multiple lines of text, I recommend creating separate text pieces for each line. (Finish the first line, place it, then tap again to get the ‘add text’ screen and repeat.) Of course to make a more convincing chalkboard design, the font you use will make a big difference.
Once you’ve entered your word or phrase, tap the ‘Font’ botton which will open a menu like this one….
Obviously Chalkduster is an excellent font to use, though scroll through as there are TONS to select from. Once you have your font picked, go ahead and tap the yellow ‘done’ button to return to the canvas.
You can tap and HOLD your finger over the word you placed and drag it to where you want it to be. To adjust size and color, etc use the options that appear in the menu.
Once you have your wording placed where you like it, now it’s time to save the image to your camera roll. To do so, tap the right pointing arrow at the top right of the screen and select ‘save to camera roll’
Now it’s time to open Repix. Load the app, then tap the circle on the left side with the landscape in it to open an image from your camera roll. Select the image with your lettering and load it.
Along the bottom, above the refining icons are the various tools you have to ‘paint’ your image with. Swipe through (left and right) until you find the Charcoal tool. (this is one of the initial FREE tools that comes with the app so no extra money to spend!)
Select the charcoal tool and begin playing with your image. You’ll notice the charcoal tool does a great job smudging the edges to look just like what would happen if you smeared your hand over chalk lines on a real board.
Play around with the app a bit until you get the hang of it. You can pinch the image to zoom in and out to really get a close look at what you’re doing.
Think about what you do when working with real chalk. Smudge along the lettering as if you were writing it fresh, and rough up edges where your hand would likely sweep if you were filling it in for real.
Once you’re satisfied with your handiwork, tap the check mark in the top right corner to save the image to your camera roll. Then go ahead and instagram or tweet it to your friends!
Since chalkboards are rarely ever this clean and truly black, you can add a few random periods or other small characters when laying out your text in phonto that you can then smudge around really good to add a little ‘debris’ to the image and add to it’s authenticity.
So there you have it. A somewhat easy way to create your own chalkboard art right on your phone. So what will yours say?
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