Chalkboard Image Background & Chalkboard Lettering

I’ve jumped with both feet into the chalkboard art and chalkboard lettering bandwagon! Have you? I am having fun with the look and decided to make my own chalkboard background for making printable, buttons, labels, etc.

You can download my free chalkboard image background here.
This is the large, full size image so you might have have to resize it.

I made the button for my Valentine’s Day posts with a chalkboard background and the label for the Sugared Pecan with a chalkboard background. I used Ribbet to make both of them and used the fonts they had available, but there are so many fun free fonts out there. I saw this post about free chalkboard fonts using Picasa (which I do not have on my computer) and this post by my friend Ginger at Gingersnap Crafts with free chalkboard printables. I knew I had to figure out a way to use fun fonts without Photoshop. Although we finally have Photoshop on our home computer and my husband is going to start teaching me how to use it, I don’t know how to yet. Plus, I know that many of you don’t have Photoshop. So, one of my favorite free online photo editing websites is Pixlr and guess what? When you install a font on your computer, that font shows up in your Pixlr font choices! YAY!

So, how do you do it? First, you find a free font to download like something from Kevin & Amanda or from DaFont or this Chalk Hand Lettering Shaded font by Fonts Cafe. Just remember that most of these free fonts are for personal use only!

Click on the font you want to download and a Downloads box with pop up. Double click on the folder (

This box will pop up next. Choose Save File and click OK.

This box showed up next. Double click on the font folder to open it.

Double click on the TrueType Font File to open it.

This is what should show up. Click the Install button in the upper left corner and the font will install on your computer.

Go to and choose the Pixlr Editor (Advanced). Open the chalkboard background that you saved to your computer. I started by resizing the image (choose Image from the toolbar and then Image Size) so that the type would be larger. Click on the letter “A” from the tool box on the left. Click where you want the type to go and then find the font you want from the drop down box.

Change the color and the font size and add the text. Woohoonow go crazy downloading a million fonts!

Interested in using Pixlr? Check out my tutorial for How To Use Pixlr To Adjust Color Levels. There is so much you can do in Pixlr like moving the text around, changing the opacity and the mode so let me know if you have any questions!


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  1. Am I doing something wrong? for some reason it’s not working for me.

  2. Love the chalkboard design. Great information thanks for sharing.

  3. This is awesome, thanks so much for sharing all this. I love the look of the chalkboard stuff :)

    • Thanks Jess! Your are very welcome. I just found some really cute chalkboard labels and chalkboard markers in the dollar spot at Target!

  4. How fun is this! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Mackenzie :)

  5. Wow. This is great Tonia. I have Photoshop but haven’t leant how to use it yet. I’d never heard of Pixlr either. Loving chalkboard labels and signs (just organised my playroom with them). Would love to play around with them for my blog.

  6. Girl love some chalkboard art! Thanks so much for the background and the tutorial! I so needed this one!

  7. I’m totally on the chalkboard band wagon w/ you! Great and easy looking tutorial, I like easy!!

  8. How did I not know about Pixlr??? I’m off to check it out! :) Oh & I never have printer ink so I always just send my prints to Walmart & get them printed in matte…lots easier & cheaper. :)

  9. This is so cool! What a fun idea! I would have it printed at Costco if I were to do this, so inexpensive to print there. Thanks for the awesome idea!

  10. OK, so this is me being DUMB but you’re basically using a TON of black ink then by having the font be in white space?

    • Yep, pretty much! :) I haven’t printed a lot of the things I’ve made. I just use them for my blog posts and whatnot. Ginger suggested having prints made somewhere…that might be a cheaper option for you!

  11. Thanks for sharing! I just LOVE the chalkboard trend that is going on right now!:)

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