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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Creating Beautiful Chalkboard Posters for FREE!
I LOVE posting pics of cool quotes on Twitter so I went to Google images to find one and I saw this AUDACIOUS chalkboard poster.
When I went to the site, of course they were for sale on Etsy, and I thought, "No way! I'll learn how to do it on my own!"
So I cheated a little and found some hints and tricks from other sites and blogs and then just played around with it for awhile and waa-lah! You too, can makes these fabulous posters from scratch to share, tweet, blog, or post on your website. All you need are a couple of great quotes (there are billions online) and start creating!;
First, you have to find a chalkboard background. If using a Creative Commons website, make sure you add the attribution at the bottom of the background. Here's one from Alice Keeler on Flickr:
There are other ways to create chalkboards as well. If you want a simple black background, create one in powerpoint and save it as a .jpg My favorite is going to www.picmonkey.com Go to design, then click on textures and there's are two chalkboard backgrounds you can use. Canva canva.com has a background as well.
Second, it's time to start looking for some fonts you can use. I really like dafont.com There are several that would work including Sketchblock, Blackboard, or Chalk Hand Lettering. You can also just choose which ones tickle your fancy. Another MUST font to download would be Dingbats. These will be used for decorating your chalkboard.
Third, find the platform you want to use. I use Powerpoint, but if you know of something else, you can do that as well. You can absolutely design it completely in PicMonkey (which I did with this one) and use your own fonts. You can also use Canva, but the fonts are set on it. Whatever you choose, you're going to have fun!
Fourth, Think outside the box. The one I created above is pretty simple, but think about the different colors you could use for text, more elaborate shapes you could use as well as the massive amount of other sites out there.
And that's it. Setting the entire thing up will be the longest part, but after that, the sky's the limit! Have fun and chalk to your heart's content. Best part of it all? You don't have to slap the erasers on a tree outside and get chalkdust up your nose, in your clothes, drying out your skin...ahhhhh school days!