If the smell of fresh chalk and a clean blackboard take you back to grade school memories, you can recreate them on your computer by making a blackboard in Photoshop. Photoshop is a graphics software program available as part of the Adobe Creative Suite and comes equipped with the tools, palettes and colours to create a blackboard. With just a couple of clicks, making a blackboard in Photoshop will take you to the head of the class, no nail-screeching sound effects required.
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Open Photoshop, pull down the “File” menu and click “New.” Name the file “Blackboard” and set your dimensions, such as 8 inches by 6 inches. Pull down the “Mode” menu and click “RGB Color.” Click the “White” button under the “Contents” section. Click “OK” and the Photoshop workspace will adjust. Pull down the “View” menu and click “Fit on Screen” to give yourself more room to work.
Double-click the top-left square of the “Color Picker,” which is the two overlapping coloured boxes on the “Tools” palette. Select black and click “OK.”
Right-click the “Shape” tool on the “Tools” palette. This may look like a hollow rectangle, hollow circle, line or solid star. All of these shapes share the same icon space until they are used. Select “Rounded Rectangle Tool.”
Position your cursor at the top left corner of the “Blackboard” box and drag down towards the right corner. A blackboard will fill the box when you release your mouse button.
Click the “Type” tool, which looks like a “T” on the “Tools” palette. Select a font, such as Bradley Hand, which comes standard with all Photoshop systems and looks like hand writing. Choose a font size and click white for the font colour.
Click your cursor onto the “Blackboard” box and type a line of text, such as “I Love School.” Continue typing to fill up the blackboard or add as much chalklike writing as desired.
Right-click the “Background” layer on the “Layers” palette on the right side of the screen. Select “Delete Layer.” This will leave your blackboard shaped instead of on a white flat background.
Click the three line icon or small triangle in a circle icon at the top right of the “Layers” palette. Select “Merge Visible.” Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As” and save the blackboard image to your computer.
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