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This week we're going to create a little chalk board. Kind of prop you might use for a back to school campaign or something. But just a little chalk board. So I'm going to start off. Right here we got a blank screen. I'm going to create using my parameters here. I'm going to get the round, rounded corners set up. Rounded corner tool. I'm going to make sure this is set up to paths. I don't want it to be a shape. I just want it to be a path. I have a radius set up of 20 pixels and let's just see what that looks like. That's a little tight there at ten pixels. Let's undo that.
Let's set this up to say, 30 pixels, 30 pixels. Let's draw it again. That's much better. Now we have this nice large kind of a nice curve to, to my path and so on. We'll put it in position right about there. That looks good. So now, I'm going to create a new layer. And this layer, we're going to call it the frame. That's going to be the frame. Okay so, I've got the white, it doesn't matter because we're to put something on top of it but we need, need something in that pixel, in that particular layer, so I'm going to go ahead and take that path and fill it with the white.
When we look at the layers we see, there it is. It's filled with white. Alright, so now, I can turn off the path. I don't need it any more. And, let's just look at that one layer right there. Okay, that's what it looks like. So now what I'm going to do is select a little rectangle right in the center here. Right here like about that. You'll notice I'm getting a nice equal distance on all sides, right about there. And then I'm going to create a layer on top of the frame. And we're going to call it, the chalkboard. There it is. And we're going to pick a nice gray.
I'm going to go in here and pick a nice kind of a gray about like that. Maybe a little darker. There that's good. So I got that area done. I'm going to go ahead and fill that with the foreground color at 100%. Click OK. There's that. I can deselect it. Now, the frame itself. Let's, right on top of the frame, let's create a new layer on top of here, and we're going to call this wood. And I'm going to fill it with dark gray. I just filled the whole layer with the gray. Again,. The color doesn't matter because we're going to put something on top of this, but it does need to have something in that particular layer in order for the filter that I'm going to use to work.
Now I'm going to pick the colors for that wood. So for my foreground color, I'll get a nice kind of a beigey tone. I like that. A richer. That looks good. Click OK. For the background color, I'm going to pick a similar one and just make it a little darker. More like in this range here. Click OK. That's looking good. Now, in that layer for wood I'm going to go in and save filter. Render. Fibers. And here's my fibers. Now I'm going to go in there and increase the strength on it.
And bring the variance down a little bit. Increase that strength some more. I start to get kind of like a nice little streaks like that. Bring that variance down, bring it up a tiny bit, there we go. That looks good. I click OK, and I've got this nice wooden texture. And I might want to play around with that a little bit. So i'm going to go in to my adjustments. And go into hue saturation, I'm going to pump up that saturation a little bit, and gets a little brighter. There, that's looking much nicer. A nice strong color wood. Click OK. And we got the beginnings of our wood right there.
So now what I'm going to do is, I'm going to take this and duplicate that layer so I have two of them. Let's turn this one off for now and look at this one alone. I'm going to go ahead and clip it with the frame. I'm going to hold down my option key. And click between the two of them. And there we see that our wooden texture is now trapped inside of that area. Now this is kind of a dark here. And I want some of these light tones. So I'm going to go in here and grab some of these light tones from right here and kind of option, copy them right over to here, and there we have a nice kind of a tone there, that's looking good.
Alright, that's looking good. So now, right here, right on top of my wood frame, and on top of the wood texture, I'm going to go in here and add another little thing here, and let's put it on top of this texture. Create a new layer, which I'm going to go in here and call this layer Seps. For little separations in the wood. So I got this nice dark tone, let's make it a little darker. About like that. And I'm going to get my line tool, right here. The line tool. Which I'm going to set up to pixels.
Setting it up to pixels. And, I've got one pixel. Let's make a little thicker. Let's go with about three pixels and see what that's going to look like. I'm going to just draw a shape right through there like that. That looks good. And I'm going to draw one right through here. And one right down through here. And one, finally, through this area there. So there's those little separations. Now, I'm going to go ahead and clip these two layers also inside of that area. See that clip the little seps up in there? I'm going to double click on the separations just to give them a little layer style, a little bevel and emboss.
And a little bevel and emboss, I'm going to have the light coming from, say right from this side here, and make it a little stronger. So we get a nice little highlight going through there. Let's bring it right over to this side here. And there we got these nice little tones, right, coming through there, like that. Now, we're seeing it on this one down here, and we're seeing on that. That means that the life coming from that side will get in the highlight on that side. So you know what we're going to do? I'm just going to hit down. So that way,. Now you see the effect is coming on the other side, so we're getting this, and maybe we'll bring it up just a little bit so we'll get a little bit of an edge right in there.
There we go. Alright, so we click OK. Those guys are ready. Now, this wood texture here, I'm going to turn that on and I'm going to go ahead and do a little flip on that one. So we'll flip it. Clockwise, and there we have this nice little texture going this way. All right? So let's go in there and move this around. Going to bring it right up into there, and I'm going to stretch it. I'm going to stretch it right across this way, so we have a nice long texture going that way. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to give that one layer a mask, give it a little mask.
And now what I'm going to do with my lasso make sure I have no feather I'm going to hold down my option key to turn into the little paligino tool or you can go in there and just say use the paligino tool and I'm going to click right through here and go along that little crack area. Let's put it right in there down to here. And going right across this one one, and then we close it off. And in that layer right there, I got black, so I'm going to go ahead and fill that with the foreground color. And there, we hid that little portion, so now, I can come over here and do the same thing on this side.
Right through here, and down, right through there. And same guide. Fill it with black. So now, we got the nice wood texture going in the right directions that we wanted and they don't seem to be the same because that's, we don't want it. We don't want that grain to be perfectly aligned. Now, we want some variance in this. So it starts to look like a real wood frame. So now. The frame itself, we're going to go in there and give it a little bevel and emboss as well. And I'm going to go in there and punch it up so we get the nice little highlight along the top there, and that nice little dark one along the bottom.
That's looking good. Click OK. Okay. So now, the chalkboard. To give it a little indentation, I'm going to go in and give that a little. Inner shadow. I'm going to give it a little inner shadow right in here, and there we can see that we got this little shadow that just appeared right in there. Make it a little bigger and just bring down the opacity just a tad. Just like that, there. That's starting to have nice dimension to it. Now it is a chalkboard. It's been used a bit. So we're going to do some stuff to it. I'm going to go in there and give it some noise. Add noise, not that much, just a little bit.
Say about maybe three. There we go, just to roughen it up a little bit. Then a layer on top of this, we're going to call it Smears. Okay. And I'm going to switch to white for my foreground color, get my paintbrush and I'm going to choose one of these weird brushes down here, like say, one of these guys. These guys right here, which right now I'm going to do that. So let's go into our brush engineer right here, and let's give it a little separation. A little separation like that. A little more. And we're going to dynamics here where we're going to give it a little anglature, just a little anglature so we start getting some weird stuff happening like that.
Now let's turn this off. So that. We're just going to get it like that. All right? Okay. So now I'm going to go in here and just give it a little smear right across. And another one right here like this. Maybe make the brush a little bigger. I'm going to go in here and, add a little smear through here. Make it smaller. Make it really tiny. Make a little stripe there. And some more right in here. And maybe some more right. Through here like that, and one last one right across. Alright, now that we have that mess, I'm going to go in here and give that a little motion blur.
Okay? Just a little bit, not that much, just a, just a tad. Just enough to give it a nice little smear like that. Okay, let's go look at our layers, we're going to clip that with the chalk board, so we see it only inside there. And we're going to give it some noise. We're going to go in there and give that one a little noise, just enough to give it a little variety in there just like that. Click OK, and we'll bring down it's a opacity. Just so it starts to become this little haze on our chalk board. Right there like that. Now that we have that, I'm going to go in here and I'll get my text tool, and I'm going to say I want it centered.
150 points that might be okay. So let's go in here and say, back to school. Now, that's not quite the font we want, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to go in here and I'm going to play around with the font, now I have some chalk fonts. There are a couple here, see we have here they go. We have the chalk duster. Very rough, very rough. A little too rough. I want to have a little more control over that roughness. I do have some here that are just called chalkboard.
I'll choose one of those. That's good. It's legible. It gives me what I want. So I'm going to go in here and I'm going to put it right in position, right about there, like that. Alright. And what I'd like to do, is I'm going to. Take that layer. And, I'm going to go ahead and rasterize the type. So, it's no longer type. So, now. I can do a couple things to this, but, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to go and select it. Turn it into a selection and give it a mask. There has a mask. We looked at the mask. And we see that, there's a mask, exactly for the type. Now you're saying well, what is that doing? Not much yet, but now I'm going to do something to that.
I'm going to apply a filter to this. But not to the layer. I'm going to apply the filter to the mask. So I'm in the mask the mask is selected, So i am going to go in here and bring up my filter gallery. And in filter gallery I have a couple of nice things going on. I don't want to use that one, I don't want to use texturizer. I'm going to go in here into brush strokes and spatter, click on that. See what it has done to the text? Well that is a little too much so i might want to bring that radius down a little bit and bring this. Smoothness, let's go and bring it down a little more.
And there, now we can start to see what it's going to do to the type. When I click OK, there we see that our type is now starting to take on more of a look as if it was put on there with chalk. going to give it a little noise. Give that a little noise as well, click OK and bring down it's opacity, quite a bit, to about like that. And if we want we can do a couple little, extra little spheres in there. Just go in there and select the text itself, and I'll make a smaller brush, and I can just kind of smear a couple little spots here and there.
Just so that they start to look more, and rougher, and a little more like a, like a chalk. Get rid of some of these really rounded areas, like that. And just kind of smear those up a little bit. There we go. And now, let's go back turn on our background, and let's give that frame one more effect. We'll give it a drop shadow. Drop shadow, which we're going to increase that distance a bit. Make it a little softer, and bring down your pacity just a tad. Click OK, and we can select all those layers. All of em together. And we'll do a little rotation on em.
Just a little rotation. Just like that. Click OK, and we can see that now we have ourselves a nice little back to school chalkboard.
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