"chalkboard" effect
March 25, 2007 03:28PM
Is there a simple way to do the "drawing on a chalkboard" effect? They use this a lot in sports -- to circle players or draw arrows to show where a play is going to go, etc.

I have the suite and Photoshop, and have access to Shake, if any of those programs are helpful.


Re: "chalkboard" effect
March 25, 2007 04:37PM
First, you should know that nothing is "simple". Nothing!

Second, what you're talking about is called "Telestrator". Here's their URL:


Good luck.

Re: "chalkboard" effect
March 25, 2007 04:47PM
You can do it in Photoshop or After effects - draw the final finished product in high contrast or with alpha channel in Photoshop -- then animate on with Mattes right in FCP or - and I'm not as familiar with it - in Shake or After Effects or Motion.. Andy
Re: "chalkboard" effect
March 25, 2007 05:48PM
Definately without a doubt After Effects is the simplest and
best for this effect.

Cant think of a quick way to do it in shake tho.

Johan Polhem
Motion Graphics
Re: "chalkboard" effect
March 25, 2007 11:06PM
Thanks, all. I'll go check out Telestrator. Sadly, I don't have After Effects, and was hoping to avoid the "mask method," which was all I've been able to think of up to this point.
Re: "chalkboard" effect
March 26, 2007 01:21AM
Download After effects.
Its free the first 30 days!

Johan Polhem
Motion Graphics
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