Create 3D Glass Shattered Text effect Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

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This Tutorial will guide you to the process of creating 3d glass shattered text effect. We will start from creating shattered text look in illustrator and applying 3d effect to it. Then we will move to Photoshop where we will give our text a glass style and finally giving it a 3d shattered glass look.

Software: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop

Here is the final output which we will be getting:

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Final Image

 

Step 1

To begin with we will first work in Adobe Illustrator.

Open Illustrator and create a new document of size 2 x 2in.

Using Type Tool write any text. Here I am using “GLASS” as my text.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 01

 

Step 2

Convert the text to Outline by going to Type>Create Outlines and give it color #BFBFBF

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 02

 

Step 3

Now using Pen Tool create a random shape as shown in the image.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 03

Using Pathfinder hit Divide. This will shatter our text and will create many shapes.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 03a

Now ungroup the entire thing. Goto Outline mode by pressing Ctrl+Y and delete the lines outside the main text intersection.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 03b

Come back to the preview mode by click CTRL+Y again.

 

Step 4

Now move the parts randomly one by one to give text a shatter look.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 04

Copy and paste few more parts from the text itself to give it more shatter look.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 04a

 

Step 5

We will now apply 3D effect to our text. Goto Effect> 3D> Extrude & Bevel. And enter the values as given in the figure.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 05

Click on more option and adjust the lights. Drop the Ambient light value to 0 and creating two more lights and sending one to back of the object and adjusting them accordingly. This will give more depth to our text.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 05a

Expand the appearance of the object by going to Object> Expand Appearance.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 05b

 

Step 6

Ungroup the object entirely. Select the entire object and using Pathfinder select Trim.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 06

Ungroup the objects again. Now select all the top layer object of our text and group them. Remember not to include any extruded shapes in this group.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 06a

Now group the remaining objects.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 06b

 

Step 7

Scale the text bigger and export our Illustrator work as Photoshop PSD. Save it with the default settings.

Remember to scale the text bigger or else it will pixelate when scaled in photoshop.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 07

 

Step 8

Open Photoshop and create a new document of size 800x800px. Set the background color to #021919.

Create a new layer and using soft brush paint it giving soft light effect.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 08

 

Step 9

Open the main text effect file (“Glass Shatter Text Effect.psd” in this case) and drag and drop in the new document which we have created. Rename the layers to Top & Bottom as shown in the figure.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 09

 

Step 10

Duplicate the “Bottom” layer and turn the eye off of both “Bottom” layers.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 10

 

Step 11

Now we will give our text a glass look. Select the “Top” layer and set the value of Fill to 0, double click the layer to add a Layer Style to it.

Use the setting as shown in the images.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 11

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 11a

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 11b

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 11c

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 11d

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 11e

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 11f

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 11g

Here we get the glass effect for the top layer.

 

Step 12

Now we will apply layer style to the “Bottom” layer. Set the Fill of this layer also to 0

Set the values as shown in the images below.

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 12

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 12a

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 12b

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 12c

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 12d

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 12e

 

Step 13

Now Select “Bottom copy” layer and change the blending mode to Color Dodge with opacity to 25%. It will give some 3d depth to the “Bottom” layer. You can see the little effect

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Step 13

 

Final Image

Glass Shatter Text Effect - Final Image

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About Author

I am Akash, professional freelance graphic designer and vector artists with an experience of +6 years. I am self employed workaholic guy and love to design. I also work as an illustrator artist for many stock images websites and run a blog Dezineguide.com

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    are you on linkedin?

    • dezineguide

      sry, not right now.. but yea you can do catch me on facebook as well as on twitter. :)

  • Nk_bink

    Can i get a Video Tutorial ?

    • dezineguide

      Hello, We are not currently working on video tuts.. but if we did we will surely make one for that.

  • Boo

    pretty sure youre missing steps

  • Paulos

    Hi, do you have this for sale?

    • Paulos

      or for free and ill click a few links ;))

    • dezineguide

      Sale like what?? The tutorial is totally free to read.. and you can even dnld other stuffs for free. However read the T&C before. If have any query then just contact me via contact form. Hope this works. Have fun

  • Lucyatkinson86

    Hi ive got to step 11 but the options in the display box are different to what you show? I dont know if this is due to a different version of photoshop? I am using CS5.5. I would really like to finish this as its a great effect and just what I need! Thanks! Lucy.

    • http://twitter.com/DezineGuide Dezine Guide

      Yes. This may be due to different version of photoshop. You may have to find the right option box in that version. This tutorial was made in Photoshop CS5 version.

  • Angie

    Hi,

    This is the second place that I’ve found this, but it never works for me. I click divide on the pathfinder menu and… nothing. I have put the instructions and Illustrator side by side and followed the instructions word by word and still no joy. It just makes separate shapes with the lines. Am I supposed to be converting the text to something, or merging it with the lines first? This seems like a really simple, yet cool, effect if I an just get it working. Hopefully you can give me a little help…

    • dezineguide

      You may be going wrong in some step. See if you made the text outline or not and also when applying pathfinder see that you have selected both the shapes (Text and the random shape). After applying the divide the text will be shattered into pieces and you will have to follow step 3 to remove any extra shapes.

      • Angie

        Thanks for the reply! I finally got it to work. It really is a cool and easy effect once you get the hang of it. Thanks again…

  • james

    how do you get a top and bottom layer in illustrator ? step 6 its all one layer

  • Nirmal

    Amazing result. Every step is perfectly defined. I have also got exactly same result. Keep it up…:-)

  • Workshoot

    Thank you very much !!!! Cool effect