Chalkboard signs have been all the craze lately. You literally see them in every cake smash and birthday milestone photo sessions. And most recently; baby showers, engagements and even wedding receptions. They can get pretty expensive to purchase online due to the customization, but it’s actually super easy to make your own.
So, with Bunbun’s birthday coming up in just about two weeks, I thought I would do a a quick tutorial on how I make mine, along with my template download as shown above (.PSD for photoshop users), which is printable up to 20″x30.
You can pretty much use any version of photoshop to edit my template, but if you don’t have photoshop, you will need to create your own. I suggest PicMonkey. It’s a free online editing program that is very user friendly.
To start off, you’re going to need a chalk board background. You can download mine here or do a quick google search for a background of your choice.
After you download a chalkboard background, you’ll need chalk board fonts and dingbats. I’m somewhat of a font ‘hoarder’ and am always adding to my collection. There are literally thousands of different fonts and dingbats that will help with the decorating and embellishing your chalk board. I get the vast majority of mine from DaFont. It’s literally my happy place!
There are tonnes of sites like DaFont and actionfonts.com that all have free fonts and below are some of my favorite fonts and dingbats, along with their links to download. All of which are free for personal use.
Now that you have everything you’re going to need, the following steps will assist you with PicMonkey.
- Select ‘Edit’ on the top menu bar and open your chalkboard background.
- On the left side, you will see a vertical toolbar. Click the ‘Tt’ which is for adding and editing text.
- Choose your font from the list. If you’d like to use the fonts you have just downloaded and installed, select “Yours” to display your full font library.
- Once you have chosen your font, click ‘Add Text’.
- Type whatever you’d like and feel free to adjust your sizing and move your wording around. Add as many texts boxes as you need! When you place another word, phrase or dingbat onto your document, it will show in a separate box. To move those words or items around again, just click on the word, phrase or dingbat and you should be able to move and/or re-edit that portion of your image.
- When you are finished with your design, click save at the top.
- Enter the file name you’d like to use (leave it on .jpeg)
- Select your quality. I usually use ‘Sean’ because the quality is great and I don’t mind the larger file size.
- Finally, click the green ‘save to my computer’ button and save!
I promise, this sounds more difficult than it really is. After doing it a couple times, you will be a pro!
Since I work in Photoshop, all of my images are super high in resolution. So, I usually print all of my chalkboards at Costco on 11″x14″ for only $3.99! It’s definitely a great value for the price. They can also do a 16×20 for $6.99. However, pricing may be slightly different in other areas.
Framing your chalkboard signs are a great finishing touch as well!
So go have fun making your new chalkboards now! And please feel free to share them with me! I’d love to see what you create and as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I am more than happy to help you!
Note: When using PicMonkey, saving a .jpeg as ‘Sean’ quality will give you the maximum resolution output, but please be sure to check your upload with the photo lab to ensure there are no resolution warnings/alerts before sending your file to print.