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How to Create a Stylized Chalk Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

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!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on Envato Market.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. Create the Background

Step 1

Open the Black Board image, and then go to Image > Image Size, and set the Width to 1000 px.

Image Size

Step 2

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Levels.

Add a Levels Adjustment Layer

Step 3

Set the Gamma value to 0.95. This will darken the texture a little bit.

Darken the Texture

2. Create the Text and Chalk Layers

Step 1

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.

Create the Text

Step 2

Set the Foreground and Background colors to Black and White.

Create a new layer below the text layer, call it Chalk, and fill it with Black.

Create the Chalk Layer

Step 3

Go to Filter > Convert for Smart Filters, to convert the layer into a smart object.

Convert for Smart Filters

3. Apply the Filters

Step 1

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

Change the Amount to 150 and the Distribution to Gaussian, and check the Monochromatic box.

Add Noise

Step 2

Go to Filter > Stylize > Diffuse, and choose the Lighten Only Mode.

Diffuse Filter

4. Mask the Chalk Texture

Step 1

Command-click the text layer's thumbnail to create a selection.

Create a Selection

Step 2

Click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Add a Layer Mask

Step 3

Select the text layer, and change its Fill value to 0.

Text Layer Fill Value

5. Style the Text Layer

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Color: #1e1c1e
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 6
  • Spread: 35
  • Size: 1
  • Noise: 100%
Drop Shadow 1

Step 2

Click the + icon to the right of the Drop Shadow tab to add another instance with these settings:

  • Color: #b57b88
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 7
  • Spread: 60
  • Size: 5
  • Noise: 50%
Drop Shadow 2

Step 3

Add another Drop Shadow instance with these settings:

  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Distance: 15
  • Spread: 0
  • Size: 15
  • Noise: 30%
Drop Shadow 3

This will create the colored chalk outline and finish off the text effect.

Styled Text Layer

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.

Final Result
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