| The Chalkboard style is very popular and I wanted to create an animated chalkboard style logo in Apple Motion. The first step was to create the text for the logo image in Illustrator and give it a chalkboard effect with an Illustrator brush.|
I wanted to start with the logo text in my own handwriting. So I created the chalkboard background image in PhotoshopR and copy/pasted it into IllustratorR. Next, I used the Pen tool to “write” my business name on a new layer. I was only using my mouse, so I needed to adjust the paths a little. Because I created the path for each letter with the Pen tool, I could use the Direct Selection tool to adjust each anchor point on the path.
Once I had the text the way I wanted, I was ready to set the Stroke color to #ffffff. However, because the Brush Definition or style would effect the weight of the stroke, I first applied the Dry Ink 1 brush style to each letter. At that point, I could set the Stroke weight for each letter individually. The two capital letters were set to 2 pixels and the rest of the letters were set to 1 pixel.
At that point, I selected all the text and copied to the clipboard. Going back to Photoshop, I used the Paste as Pixels option to add the text to the Photoshop file that I would import into Motion. Here are the steps for how to do this.