How to Create a Chalk Design Effect on a Photo

How to Create a Chalk Design Effect on a Photo

Photoshop Chalk Effect

There are tons of ways to get a chalk effect in Photoshop, but this is our favorite (because it's easy). Here's how to get that great dry, flaky look in less than 5 minutes, using only native Photoshop filters and 2 images.

But before we begin, and if you want to follow this tutorial exactly as described, please download the following images from Pixabay and Pexels. We're using two pics, one for the subject and one for the background.

Step 1

Open your subject picture in Photoshop.

Step 2

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery. Under “Stylize” click on the Glowing Edges effect, set the following values and click OK.
Note: depending on your image size, you may need to change these values a bit.

Step 3

Go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

Step 4

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery. Under “Brush Strokes” click on the Spatter effect and set the following values.

Step 5

Still in the Filter Gallery window, click on the “New Effect Layer” icon.

Step 6

Under “Brush Strokes” click on the Angled Strokes effect and set the following values.

Step 7

Again, click on the “New Effect Layer” icon and this time under “Artistic” select the Rough Pastels effect and set the following values.

Step 8

Lastly, click on the “New Effect Layer” icon and under “Brush Strokes” select the Sprayed Strokes effect, set the following values and click OK.

Step 9

Open the chalkboard background image in Photoshop.

Step 10

Go back to the woman image and using the Move Tool (V) drag & drop the subject image over the chalkboard background.

Step 11

Set the woman size and position to your liking and then set the blend mode of the subject layer to Screen.


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