Many of the rapid elearning courses I see use whiteboards or chalkboards. You can buy stock images of these, but it’s easy enough to create them in PowerPoint. So today, I’m going to share a few simple ways to create your own boards. Even if you don’t need to use them, there are some good PowerPoint tips that you could apply to other projects.
Blackboards and whiteboards are made up of a few key elements. There’s a frame, the board area, and the assets like erasers and markers. If you do a search online you’ll see that whiteboards typically have metal, wood, or black plastic frames. And chalkboards usually have wood frames.
These are all easy enough to create in PowerPoint. When creating these, the key is to not get too detailed. Too much detail can get noisy; and means you have to spend a lot more time producing the graphics.
Here are a few tutorials on how to create some display boards with a few extra production tips. I’ve also included everything for you to download.
- How to create a chalkboard graphic.
- How to create a whiteboard graphic.
- Use gradient fills as layers to create the marker.
- How to get more out of the free PowerPoint graphics.
- How to customize the hand-drawn graphics.
- Display board graphics: 6 miscellaneous display boards with original PowerPoint files in case you want to make some edits.
- Chalkboard graphics: 32 miscellaneous chalkboard graphics.
- Community fonts: 8 great hand-written fonts created by community members.
- Hand-drawn graphics: miscellaneous graphics from this post.
Fonts of interest: here are a couple of fonts that you can download for free from other sites. They’ll work great with the display boards. Be sure to check the license restrictions before using.
Hopefully, these free assets come in handy. If you do use them, let me know. I’d like to see what you do.
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