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Chalk Illustrator CS4

Posted on 2010-08-20
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Hi Experts

I have an image of a chalk board and good font but I can seem to figureout how to create a chalk effect in Ilustrator CS4.  The Chalk & Charcoal setting just makes messy looking charcoal appearance.  How do I create a good looking chalk effect?

Please, if you send a link, verify that it is accurate and that the methods work in CS4.

Thanks!

HNM
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You might want to try adding additional effects to get the chalk look. Perhaps  you can try
Effects > Distort & Transform  >Roughen.

The chalk effect is not easy to attain.. it usually take alot of tweaking...

Here is a great tutorial for creating the 'Grunge' look... I'm sure you can adapt it to your needs by using different patterns that the ones used in the tutorial for getting that really authentic effect.

http://www.logo-designs-london.co.uk/tutorials/giving-grunge-effect-to-the-text-in-illustrator.htm

Good Luck.
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Here is a free brush set that works pretty well. I will send a jpeg so you can see it and a link to download it.

Link: http://www.melsbrushes.co.uk/?p=843
chalk.jpg
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Thank to both of you.  I'll try each solution, but I suspect I'll have to move over to photoshop.  Seems to be more opportunity to do this in PS.

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Don't sell Illustrator short, once you download the brush set I linked to you can adjust the brush settings by selecting the brush then right click for several different settings. Photoshop is great also, but it is raster vs. Illustrator being vector.
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