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Exploding Text with photoshop

Saturday, March 5, 2011
This tutorial will teach you how to make text explode with light.

Create a new document in your copy of Photoshop.

Settings :

Now type some text with your pen tool

Use 48 pt, color black, the font is your choice.

The longer the text line, the more blur you will have to do. To keep it simple type in the word TutorialMan with caps and lower case.

Now we are going to rasterize our text layer. Right click on your text layer and select Rasterize. Your text layers will now switch from vector to pixel.

We're going to add a new layer now. Right click on the text layer you just rasterized and select Duplicate Layer

Select the new layer on your layer panel as your current editing layer.

Set your foreground color to white and click Edit > Fill.

Setting :

Now we are going to Blur your pixels: Select the menu Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Setting: 5.2

Changing your coordinate scale actually interprets that your pixel points have been in a
polar graph and regraphs them in a rectangular graph which is the normal graph most are familiar with. (if you took advvanced math in hs you may remember the polar graph) What we are doing is changing the way the pixels are oriented, applying an effect to them in that new state, then will change the graphing method back.

Select Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates.

Setting : Polar to Rectangular

Rotate your canvas to get your wind to orient correctly. Image > Rotate Canvas > 90 CW

Apply a wind to your active layer. Filter > Stylize > Wind.

Settings :

A little break in between. Your project should look something like this.

Apply wind a second time. Filter > Stylize > Wind

Adust the levelsby clicking Image > Adjust > Auto Levels

Click Image >Adjust >Invert

Apply wind a third time. Filter > Stylize > Wind

Apply wind a fourth and last time. Filter > Stylize > Wind

Rotate your canvas back to normal by clicking Image > Rotate Canvas > 90 CCW

Change your coordinates back by clicking Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates.

Setting : Rectangular to Polar

On the layer panel Set Layer Mode to Hard Light.

Now it is time to colorize your image. Click Image > Adjust > Hue/Saturation.

Be sure to :

Check the "Colorize" checkbox and play with the settings of
Set saturations up to the top
Select the Hue of choice
set your saturation down to the level you want .
And you should get something like this


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