Learn how to make a Chalk Board effect background from scratch – no stock imagery required.
I use stock libraries at work for client projects and its great having access to top notch photography, textures and effects but when I’m at home working on something just for me or for a freelance client I like to keep the costs down and try to create as many textures and backgrounds from scratch as I can. It is really straight forward to create a chalk board background and this tutorial will show you how to create one in Photoshop in just 6 steps!
Using a large brush with the hardness turned down to 0% use the Burn Tool to Darken Some Areas at random. (To change the brush settings right click the canvas with the Burn Tool selected.) I normally darken the outer edge of the canvas so it looks like it fades to black around the edges and then darken a few areas within the canvas.
The images below show the canvas getting gradually darker as I use the Burn Tool.
When you are happy with the effect of the background you can start to add your design. The font I have used below is Sophia. If you are looking for good fonts to use in your Chalk board designs see: 25 Free Chalk Board Fonts