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Family Tree Template Feature: Black Circle

Family Tree Template Feature: Black Circle

We call this our Clean Blackboard template and it's one of the most popular family tree templates on our site as well as a personal favorite. We have it hanging in our living room over the piano along with our wedding picture and a name plaque and it's an amazing conversation piece (that fits seamlessly with the decor). Win.

black family tree template

We also have a Clean Blackboard fan family tree template, and while it's popular as well, the circle version definitely wins the popularity contest hands down.

Why we LOVE this template (and you should too):

Whether your style is modern or supremely classic, black and white is a classic and classic combination that goes with pretty much anything color-wise, which is particularly handy if your style is still evolving. Plus, for the young or young-at-heart crowd, this chart is definitely on the modern side of classy. As a side note, having done a significant amount of frame shopping in my day, finding a black frame is SUPER easy, which is a bonus if you're looking to find a pre-made frame that matches your chart and decor perfectly.

Want to take a look at some real-life family trees created from this family tree template?

 black family tree

Here's a family tree created by @ldsfamilyhistory.

Ready to get started? Start from our black circle family tree template or choose another starting template! Need a little help on where to go from there? Check out this "how to" post.

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Beautiful Black Charts: How To Modify Three Family Tree Templates For The Ultimate Chart

Beautiful Black Charts: How To Modify Three Family Tree Templates For The Ultimate Chart

We've talked before about how gorgeous a little black chart can be, so we thought it only fitting today to showcase three charts that are riveting in black: a black circle chart, a black fan pedigree chart and a black bedazzled bug family tree template for kids! There's something about black and white that's just... classy and classic. And they're by far the most often used templates on our store, so we know you'll love them.

First off, the black fan chart. To make this variation, we started with the Clean Blackboard fan chart template and then performed just a few minor alterations.

black fan chart

Alteration #1: We hid the center circle (a.k.a. changed its background color to white via clicking on the center circle of the actual chart and then Advanced > Color>Background Color>Chose White)

Alteration #2: Added a text decal. For more specifics on how to do that, view our text decal tutorial here.

Next up... the black circle chart. This one started as our Clean Blackboard circle family tree template.

black circle template

Alteration #1: Modified the shape from a horizontal to a vertical circle (thus unhiding the first generation!) For a tutorial on how to change the shape, go here.

Last, but certainly not least is this adorable black bug chart. This one we started from our Lady Bug family tree template for kids and then went to town!

black bug family tree chart

Alteration #1: We changed the palette to black. There's a full tutorial on how to change colors here that you may want to reference, but the gist of it is once you're in the editor choose Advanced > Palette > Click the black swatch under the Solid Color heading > Click the thumbnail preview of the bug chart in black.

Alteration #2: We added color bands to the outside of each generation. To do this click on the individual cell you'd like to alter, then choose Advanced > Color > Click the color swatch under the heading Band Color > Choose what color you'd like your band to be. Then repeat for each individual cell. Once you've chosen a color once it will show up as a color swatch in your color picker to make it easier for you.

Alteration #3: We modified the line color to be a gorgeous purple tone. Again, you can reference this tutorial on color changes, but basically, you'll just want to stay in that same Color panel you've been working in and use the color picker under the heading Line Color to update it.

Alteration #4: We modified some of the text colors to give it a little extra pop. To do this, stay on that same Advanced > Color panel and just choose a color using the color picker under the Text Color heading. Again, this is cell by cell. To move to a new cell, just click on it in the chart.

Now you can make each and every one of these gorgeous black charts for yourself. If you're thinking about it, you should do it TODAY and take full advantage of our Black Friday Deal : 30% off your full order with code BLACKFRIDAY!

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The Little Black Pedigree Chart

The Little Black Pedigree Chart

You've probably heard of the little black dress, but have you heard of the little black pedigree chart? It's just as classy, just as adaptable, and just as good looking. 

We're only partially joking. We love white pedigree charts for their light, simplicity and class and we love the eye-catching attention that boldly color charts draw, but there's just something about this black circle pedigree chart that simultaneously makes a bold statement, keeps it classy and looks refined and purposeful anywhere.  Here are five living rooms with totally different vibes that could totally rock the little black pedigree chart.

black and white modern home

1. Black and white modernist

It might be obvious that a black family tree is the perfect pairing here--in fact it would be stunning! This room in particular could also rock a pedigree chart with grey or yellow. We're thinking Goldenrod Steel.


bright blue living room

2. Boldly colorful

Brightly colored accent walls have been around for a while now, but they're still all the rage (and even more kudos if you're brave enough to paint a whole room this color!) Often, if you go boldly colorful with one aspect of a room, it's best to stick with more neutral colors for the remaining decor (look at them go!) A little black chart would be a total win here. Runner up? I'd probably go with a solid grey pedigree chart.


dorm room

3. Pink dorm room

Even with all the light color (and pink!) going on in this dorm room, a little black pedigree chart would still look fantastic and be an eye-drawing statement piece. If the owner of this room wanted to stay with pastel we'd definitely choose a pink or mauve ombre chart to maintain the floaty feminine feel.


cozy living room

4. Comfy cozy traditional

Of all the rooms so far, this is the one I'd want to curl on the couch with a book in. Even in this very tradition, comfy, cozy setting the modernity of the little black pedigree chart works without being too start or modern. With everything going on, this room needs a bold chart to avoid it getting totally lost, so as a runner up we'd go with Morning Patriot to bring out that red!


mansion cabin living room

5. Upscale rustic

Is anyone else thinking skiing + hot chocolate + coming back to this room would feel like a little slice of perfection?! The only black in this room seems to be the fireplace doors, but with a gorgeously thick wooden frame the little black pedigree chart would be right a home here. Maybe you shouldn't print it to little though--the scale of this room is something else :) As an alternative for this room, we'd choose a large print of Natural Leaf to accent the wooded feel. 

Ready to create your own LBPC using our family tree maker? Get started from our Clean Blackboard family tree template here.

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