Let’s explore what goes into a chalkboard look and feel. There are a few simple elements that appear in nearly every chalkboard design. We’ve collected them here as a handy reference. There are a heap of free resources available, so you can create the chalkboard effect in Photoshop or similar in a really short amount of time.
So what goes into a chalkboard style?
You can easily create the chalkboard look and feel by copying a few stylistic elements.
With the chalkboard background, you’ve pretty much got two options: green or black. You could try and create your own chalkboard background or just get one that’s freely available on the web. Here are a few free chalkboard backgrounds:
A big part of this style is the ornate patterns to accompany text.
There are a heap of free ornament dingbats that translate very well to a chalkboard style.
Chalk colour palette
Just because you’re creating a chalkboard-style design doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with plain, old black and white. You’ve got colours to work with! Here are some nice pastel-looking colours for common chalk colours.
RGB: 242, 163, 189
RGB: 214, 217, 99
RGB: 111, 231, 219
RGB: 196, 173, 201
RGB: 244, 244, 240
Outdoor Chalk colour palette
Chalk made for use on the street/outdoors seems to be more vibrant in colour than regular chalk. Here are some guide colours.
RGB: 237, 119, 119
RGB: 250, 212, 139
RGB: 245, 249, 173
RGB: 188, 223, 138
RGB: 148, 192, 204
RGB: 246, 244, 241
Some fonts work great for the chalkboard style. Here’s a hand selection.
Free chalkboard fonts
To see even more chalkboard fonts, see 20 Free Chalkboard Fonts by You the Designer.
Premium chalkboard fonts
If you have some money to spend, try out Thirsty Rough. There are lots of alternate styles.
Chalkboard Photoshop layer styles
To get that chalky look on the text, I actually used Photoshop styles. If you’ve never used Photoshop layer styles before, check out this amazing tutorial by Creative Market about How to install and use Photoshop Layer Styles.
Free chalk board layer styles (Free Download)
Unfortunately you have to download a huge 80MB ZIP file to find the layer styles contained in an ALS file (see above for the link to the tutorial about how to use ALS files). But it’s well worth it, the ZIP contains a bunch of useful resources including more chalkboard backgrounds, ornaments and textures.
More chalkboard resources
That’s all we have for now! We hope you found this collection of chalkboard style resources useful. If you have any more chalkboard styles that you’d like to share, please feel free to let us know in the comments. If you found this useful, share the love and click “Like” or “Tweet”!