We blow up the text in Photoshop

In this lesson, we will create text covered in an explosion of color and light.

To achieve this effect, we will use several filters that are not often used in everyday work with Photoshop. Many steps have to be done, but the result is worth it!

Here is the effect we will pursue.

Step 1. Create a new document.
Create a new document (Ctrl + N). You can choose any document size, the author used such sizes: 640×480 and 72 pixels / inch.

Step 2. Add text.
Take the tool “Text (Type tool (T)) color set The black (D). Choose the font you want, the font can be any, but Bold is best suited to this effect.
* Also, in order to end up with a result close to the lesson, it is necessary that the letters are located close to each other, pay attention to how the text is written and the distance between words. Similar text is Impact. *

Click on the middle of the document and enter the text, the author typed “LIGHT BURST“:

Step 3. Resize text using Free Transform.
On the text layer (click on it), click Ctrl + T, to cause a frame Free transformation. Then holding the keys Shift + Alt, pull on any of the edges of the frame to increase the text size, it will increase equally relative to the center. You can release the key Alt and holding the key Shift, adjust the size relative to the center.

Increase the text to such a size so that we still have room for the effect of the explosion.

Step 4. Rasterize the text layer.
In order to continue to apply several filters, we need to rasterize the text layer. To do this, go to Menu / Layer / Ramp / Text (Layer / Rasterize / Type). Or, right-click on the layer (right click) and select there Rasterize the text (Rasterize Type). In the work itself, no changes will occur, but in the layers palette, the text layer will become a regular layer.

Step 5. Create a text selection and save it.
Holding the key Ctrl, click on the thumbnail of the text layer.

You will see a selection around the text. Without removing the selection, go to Menu / Highlight / Save Selected Area (Select / Save Selection). In the dialog box that appears Save Selected Area, just click YES.
Once you have saved the selection, click Ctrl + D, to deselect from text.
Switch, for a while, to the palette Channels. In it, you will see your saved selection as a channel “Alpha1“. Here we will return later to download the text selection.

Step 6. Fill the layer with white, changing the blending mode to Multiply.
Go back to your Layers palette and, on the text layer, go to Menu / Edit / Run Fill (Edit / Fill). Or just click Shift + F5, to bring up a dialog box Fill. Install in it Content (Contents) – Use (Use) White (White), and Overlay mode (Blending Mode) – Multiplication (Multiply).

Apply Fill by clicking Yes. Nothing will change in your work, but if you look at the layers palette, you will see that your text layer turns white instead of transparent, and the text remains black, thanks to the blending mode Multiplication.

Step 7. Apply the Gaussian Blur filter.
Go to Menu / Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur (Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius approximately four pixel. Apply the filter.

That’s what happens after applying the filter.

Step 8. Using the Solarization filter.
Staying on the text layer, go to Menu / Filter / Styling / Solarization (Filter / Stylize / Solarize). This action will repaint your document black, and the text will appear as a white stroke.

Step 9. Brighten the text with Levels.
Stroke text looks dark, it needs to be lightened. Click Ctrl + L, to bring up a window Levels (Levels). In the window that appears, drag the White slider until you reach it to the edge of the histogram (approximately to the middle).

Now the text seems much brighter.

Step 10. Make a copy of the text layer.
On the text layer, click Ctrl + J, You will have a copy of the text layer.

Before proceeding to the next steps, make sure that you are on a copy of the text layer; we will do all the next steps on the copy of the layer, the original will be used again. only at the very end.

Step 11. Apply the Polar Coordinates filter.
Go to Menu / Filter / Distortion / Polar coordinates (Filte / Distort / Polar Coordinates).
When the filter window appears set Polar in a rectangle (Polar To Rectangular). What you do will look very strange, but do not be alarmed, it’s necessary.
* the bright spot on top of the text is affected by the arrangement of the text itself, relative to the canvas *

The text really took a very strange form.

Step 12. Rotate the canvas 90s clockwise.
Go to Menu / Image / Rotate canvas / 90s clockwise (Image / Rotate Canvas / 90 ° CW).

Step 13. Invert the image.
Invert your image, click Ctrl + I, this will turn black into white and white into black.

Step 14. Apply the Wind filter.
Go to Menu / Filter / Styling / Wind (Filter / Stylize / Wind). In the window that appears, make sure that you have installed Method (Method) – Wind (Wind), and Direction (Direction) – On right (From the Right).

Apply the filter. Repeat this filter several times (2x is enough), in order to click Ctrl + F, as many times as you need.

Step 15. Invert the image again.
Click Ctrl + I, to invert the image again.

Step 16. Apply the wind filter, three more times.
After you have inverted the image, click Ctrl + F, three more times.

Step 17. Use auto levels.
Click Shift + Ctrl + L, the image itself will be lightened as it should.

Step 18. Return the canvas to its original position.
Go to Menu / Image / Rotate canvas / Counterclockwise (Image / Rotate Canvas / 90 ° CCW).

Step 19. Apply the Polar Coordinates filter again.
Go to Menu / Filter / Distortion / Polar coordinates (Filte / Distort / Polar Coordinates), only this time choose Rectangular to Polar (Rectangular to Polar).

Your image will look something like this.

Step 20. Change overlay mode to Clarification.
In the layers palette, change this layer overlay mode to Lightening (Screen).

This is what should happen.

Step 21. Add colors using the Gradient.
In order for our image to become color, we turn to the Corrective layers.
Add a new adjustment layer (New Fill Or Adjustment Layer) by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette.

And select from the list Gradient (Gradient).

As the window appears Gradient, Click on the Gradient preview area at the top.

This will bring up the dialog box. Gradient editor (Gradient Editor), click on the black / white gradient and make sure that the color opacity is set to 100%

Change the colors of the gradient to those that you like, the author chose colors from reddish orange to yellowish orange.

As soon as choose colors. Click YES, to exit the gradient editing dialog box and then from the Gradient fill window.

* what makes the Adjustment Layer convenient, because at any moment you can change something in it, for example, at the end of the work, correct the colors *

Step 22. Change the blending mode for the gradient layer.
Change this layer (Corrective), Blend Mode to Chromaticity (Color).

* experiment with other blending modes, some very interesting options *
This is what our image now looks like.

Step 23. Apply the Radial Blur filter to the original text layer.
With the copy of the layer we finished, it remains a bit to affect original layer with text to finish our work.
Go to the original text layer, go to Menu / Filter / Blur / Radial Blur (Filter / Blur / Radial Blur). In the Filter window that opens, install: Power (Amount) – 65px., Method (Blur Method) – Linear (Zoom), Quality (Quality) – The best (Best).
* if you wish, you can apply this filter several times, it will not spoil the effect *

Click YES to apply the filter. That’s what you get.

Step 24. Load the previously saved selection.
While staying on the original text layer, go to the palette Channels. Go down the palette, to the previously saved selection, as a channel “Alpha1“. Click on it while holding the key. Ctrl.

Go to the Layers palette.
You will see a selection of our original text.

Step 25. Fill the selection with black.
Staying on the original text layer, without removing the selection, fill the selection with black color (D, Alt + Backspace).
Deselect (Ctrl + D).

That’s all!!! Work is ready.

I hope you enjoyed the lesson and was clear.
I wish you success in implementation.

Author: Steve Patterson

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