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CREATE A CHALK ILLUSTRATION IN PHOTOSHOP

It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s bright and colorful. If you want some editorial art that doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill stock art, or need something to accent the corner of a print piece, here it is. Chalk à la Photoshop!

This tutorial will show how to use channels to create a “fixed” texture not unlike working chalk on a real canvas.


 

Getting Started—While not critical for the completion of this tutorial, when applying this technique in the real world it is important to know the final size of the art before you begin illustrating. It is best to work at 100%. Although resizing as much as 20% in either direction should be fine, be careful with anything more, as it may degrade the quality. Too much enlarging tends to make the texture look rasterized and hard; while excessive downsizing will cause the texture to close up and you’ll lose the details that define the chalky porous look.

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