The EASIEST Digital Chalk Lettering Tutorial by @mollyjacques

Did you know digital lettering and calligraphy really doesn’t have to be complicated? When you’re creating digital files for client work, you should always have a more in-depth, layered and editable file, but if you’re creating artwork simply for your blog, social media, or a personal project, why not make it quick and to the point? Follow along with our SUPER easy steps to turn your pencil drawing into a digital chalk lettering image!



  • Scanner or iPhone
  • Adobe Photoshop & Computer
  • A Finished Pencil Drawing



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PRELIMINARY: Get your pencil drawing into the computer. You can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Snap a photo in good lighting with your iPhone and email the image to yourself. Open the image in Adobe Photoshop, or…
  2. Scan the pencil drawing with a scanner at 300dpi in RGB. Open the image up in Adobe Photoshop.
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STEP ONE: Adjust Levels to your liking.

Adjusting the “levels” of your pencil drawing is essentially going to make sure it has the right amount of lights and darks. To find your levels panel go to: Image > Adjustments > Levels.

Next, use the White (far right) Middle Tone (middle) and Dark (far left) sliders to adjust the image to your liking.

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STEP TWO: Invert your pencil drawing.

To do this, you’ll want to go to: Image > Adjustments > Invert (or cmd + I as a keyboard shortcut).


Original artwork created for Ford, Go Further.

That’s it! You now have a digital “chalk” image ready for your blog or social media. Still confused? Follow along with our quick tutorial video for a more in-depth look at this digital lettering technique!

Want to share your image in Instagram? Simply email the image to yourself and save it on to you iPhone to upload to Instagram. Tag @mollyjacquesworkshop in your image for a chance to have your work featured!



**PS: Did you know we offer a full e-course on digital chalk lettering here at MJW?!