Light Blast Text
Learn how to create and an exploding light effect that gives text that extra shock.
- Polar Coordinates
- Rotate Canvas
- Blending Modes
Using the Type Tool, type a word in White. For the sake of this tutorial, I will use Impact at Size 60pt with the text "N-sane ART"
Rasterize the layer ( Layer > Rasterize > Layer ) and name it "templight". Make sure layer "templight" is activated on the Layer Palette.
Select All ( Select > All or Ctrl-A ).
Cut and Paste the selection and name the new layer "Light". This makes the text perfectly centered.
Delete layer "templight".
This should create the distorted image you see to the left. Basically, Photoshop has just changed the image's coordinate system from a rectangular one (x,y) to a polar one (angle,distance).
Now you need to create wind that is going the opposite direction. Do the same thing as above except this time choose the option From the Left.
Rotate your canvas to the right ( Image > Rotate Canvas > 90 CW )
Rotate your canvas to the left ( Image > Rotate Canvas > 90 CCW ) to return your image to the proper orientation.
One extra thing you can do is to add some color to your Light Blast Text. There are many ways to do this. Our favorite way is to use overlays.
All you need to do is create a new layer above the blast layer, fill this new layer with whatever color you want, and change it's blending mode to "Overlay"
In the image below, we filled the color layer with a radial gradient that went from red to blue.