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Photoshop Tutorial: Exploding Text Effect

October 30, 2019

Lets get started. All stock download links are in the description. Lets start off by heading up to File – New. Width: 1900 Pixels by Height 1280 Pixels. Change the background contents: Black. Then hit ok. Ok again. Select the Type Tool. (T) I’ll use a stock font. Calibri Bold. Font size: 83pt. I’m going to type EXPLODE. Select your Move Tool. (V) Position the text in the center. Head down and select Mask. Make sure your foreground color is set to black. Select the Brush Tool. (B) I’m going to select a brush for blending some of the text. Download link for brushes are in the description. I want to blend/fade some of the text, like so. I’m going to head up to the brush picker and rotate the brush for the bottom of the text. Start fading the bottom like so. Once you’re done. Select a different exposion brush. Start adding the effect like so. Be sure to use different size brushes. Create a new layer, Rename it to effect. Change our foreground color to white. Zoom in using your Zoom Tool. (Z) Now, lets start adding the effect. Select the Brush Tool. (B) Select one of the explosion brushes. Increase Brush Size: ]
Decreae Brush Size: [ Take your time on this part! Increase Brush Size: ]
Decreae Brush Size: [ Use different brushes, so it does not look like a pattern. This part I will speed up to save you some time! CTRL + 0 to zoom back out. That’s starting to look good! Lets select another brush, this time make sure it’s much larger. I’m going to add larger particles. Rotate the brush if needed. Next thing I’m going to do, is add a cracked texture. Using your Move Tool. Drag and drop onto our main project. Make sure it’s below the “Effect” layer. CTRL + T to select the texture. Resize the texture as needed. Hit enter when you’re done. ALT + Click between the two layer to create a clipping mask. Use your Move Tool if you need to adjust the texture position. Lets duplicate the texture, CTRL + J. Or drag the texture onto create a new layer. Move the new texture above the “Effect” layer. CTRL + T to select the texture. Increase the size. The size should be as big as the explosion. When you’re done. Hit Enter. ALT + click between the two layers to create a clipping mask. As you can see, it makes a great difference. You can also move the texture, by selecting the Move Tool. I’m going to add a stardust image I created. Using your Move Tool. Drag and drop onto our main project. Position the stardust image in the center. CTRL + T to select the image. ALT + SHIFT while dragging the corners outwards. Enter when done. Right click on the stardust image. Convert to a Smart Object. I’m going to rename this layer to Space/Dust. I’m going to change the Blending Mode to Screen. Head up to Filter – Blur – Radial Blur. Blur Method: Zoom Quality: Best I’m going to blur it about 7. Then lets hit ok. Bring down the opacity level to about -62 I’m going to select the top texture. Create a new adjustment layer. Select Gradient Map. Click on the Gradient Presets. Select a nice gradient. I’m going to select a purple to blue. First Color code: 6367f9 Hit ok when done. Blue Color Code: 14e1de Hit ok when done. Ok again. Change the Blending Mode to Soft Light. Bring the opacity to about 40%. I’m going to add one more dust image. Using your Move Tool. Drag and drop onto our main project. Position it however you’d like. That’s it!


  • Reply Manuel Sinenomen October 2, 2016 at 7:08 am

    First things first! Be profffesional! 😀 😀 😀

  • Reply Chamod Dilshan October 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    nice work

  • Reply VARA 2 October 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    What a Magic!!

  • Reply Grutatz October 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you soo much for this!! I made my channel banner using your tutorial! I'm so happy with the result!! <3

  • Reply Angel Zhu October 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    How do i drag and drop the picture?? D: it doesnt allow me to do it D:

  • Reply AvPGZX November 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    i cant get the brushes into my photoshop

  • Reply Music Studio November 5, 2016 at 2:20 am

    what photoshop are you using?

  • Reply Vanessa Leighton November 5, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you! Great tutorial!

  • Reply TESPEZ November 12, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    could you make a video on how to be comfortable with all the tools in photoshop please

  • Reply Juniper Pallasa November 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    can u send me a template of dat?

  • Reply **UnKnown_J V_NightCorex** November 19, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Like how to download?

  • Reply Jordan.S November 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    So ya i love all of your text art stuff is there any chance you could start doing more. That would be great!

  • Reply Limoona d November 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm


  • Reply Rajesh Kumar December 3, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you Very Much For Your Tutorial

  • Reply Bloom December 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm


  • Reply Reilly McFall December 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    It's work

  • Reply Ognjen Stojakovic December 11, 2016 at 6:39 am


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  • Reply Theophilus Quashie-Apeatse December 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    What version of photoshop do you use?

  • Reply Md Tech December 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    pls create a logo name fani group if i like it i will pay u $10
    it wil be pleasure

  • Reply Dimitris Chaskis December 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I can't download the ''Dust'' ,because it throw me here :

    fix it

  • Reply SubZeroh December 23, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Absolute skill and patience and hard work… I tried to make mine as well as yours but it doesnt have the same touch!

    Also can you make me a profile picture? If you can i will make a link in my description, and you can make a watermark as big as you want. If you can just post it on imgur or flickr or something like mediafire. Im fine with png. or jpeg. just something high quality.. Also i want the profile pic to be star wars battlefront themed please, and thx! No pressure ^.^

  • Reply April Man December 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Hey AMAZING job. How do I open these brushes? What I am doing seems to not work. PLEASE HELPPPPP

  • Reply Jerod Custora January 4, 2017 at 6:18 am

    what bursh did you use for scattered the block color? i cant find that type of brash in my brash info

  • Reply Fuman Gaming January 8, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Great Video. Would love to hear you comment and talk along the way. Overall I like the video very much and it is very informative. Thank you for taking the time in making this video.

  • Reply Juan Dilone January 24, 2017 at 4:32 pm


  • Reply Jade Spooners February 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks 😀

  • Reply Sumaiya Mehrin February 11, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you for the video! It came to a great use to me!

  • Reply izredni študij February 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Amazing) Thank you <3

  • Reply MAGI February 19, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    great!!! this's all was working

  • Reply Save the World Machine February 19, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    that was really nice! thanks for your help 🙂

  • Reply Shakib Saifi February 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm


  • Reply Samchurchy February 27, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Nice tutorial 😛
    Quite hard to do with CS4 but hopefully I'll find a way!

  • Reply ILIYAN IVANOV March 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial very well explained
    and now..
    I am going to hit
    THE LIKE _ Button

  • Reply AbantheSamurai March 5, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Hey! This is going great so far, but when I try to clip the cracked over the text it just disappears, wont show up, How do I fix?

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  • Reply Quick Solutions March 10, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Well made. Good instructions

  • Reply Ryan Matthew March 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    great thx

  • Reply Reemy Saleh March 26, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    can you share the jpeg for ground texture?

  • Reply Online Trends March 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    what program should i use to install the brushh

  • Reply MuzikkZone March 28, 2017 at 3:25 am

    You're really good man. Do you have a diamond text tutorial. I'm just wondering if you do if your's is basically the same as other's i've seen

  • Reply Yowan Bolang April 1, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Great video! Thank's for the tutorial 🙂

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  • Reply Amimul Basher April 6, 2017 at 7:24 am

    really nice job !

  • Reply Himanshu Sachdeva April 15, 2017 at 12:50 am

    great video 5***

  • Reply Mustafa Adel April 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    ?font name

  • Reply Blu Burroni April 28, 2017 at 9:48 am

    GOOOOOD, thanks

  • Reply alexandre haigneré May 1, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    to me, it doesn't go to black but grey kind of slightly erase

  • Reply Alone May 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I use Photoshop cc 2014 , I don't have 3D in it , can you help me?

  • Reply Dennis Bucur May 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Really cool text effect! After years, this was my first comeback on photoshop. Thank you!

  • Reply Mikey G May 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    you awesome dude,this is art.

  • Reply dough boy May 14, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Hey dude when i load in those brushes, the one you used at the beginning doesnt show up.

  • Reply Giorgos Papadopoulos May 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Whenever I type something in I get lines, does this happen because I have the Trial Version?

  • Reply Farrukh Taqveem Haider May 25, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Made my Day ..Awesome

  • Reply Walker # 39035 May 30, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I know this is silly but im just a newbei so dont know how to click brush and use

  • Reply Bertold András May 30, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    7:10 music someone? pls

  • Reply Aloysius Edwards May 31, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    how do you rotate the brush, if I f5 and do it that way it rotates everytime I click and I don't want that

  • Reply Aloysius Edwards May 31, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    I'm using cs6

  • Reply AN WALKER June 4, 2017 at 4:21 am

    i love that song 😍

  • Reply Dragos D June 5, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Really Helpful, Thanks

  • Reply Wreck June 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    nice video man

  • Reply IcyDestiny June 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    thanks a lot 😀 !!!!

  • Reply Azoic Spanto June 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Heyy… i'm very like this tutor 🙂
    Thank You for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Sandory Chicken July 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Nice video man I made my channel banner with the help of your video

  • Reply Mohd Ashraf Syafiq July 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Why can't I make my text as large as 83pt? The limit is at 72pt. Please help!

  • Reply Mohd Ashraf Syafiq July 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Excuse me, how can your brush outline is visible?

  • Reply PinkyDahh July 12, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Thats crazy.. Its really awesome how you can do things like that!

  • Reply BQ July 15, 2017 at 9:04 am


  • Reply Aditya P July 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    What is the Photoshop software used??

  • Reply Dan Horowitz August 4, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Is there a way you can create this with a transparent background instead?

  • Reply lonely76 August 8, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Simple yet effective 🙂

  • Reply Junaed Abdullah August 12, 2017 at 10:20 am

    sir is this photoshop cs6???
    but i dont have those brushesh

  • Reply Mayank Sharma August 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    i have downloaded brushes and open it in photoshop but the brushes not seeing
    in my PS CS2

  • Reply jm.dsgnr October 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Absolute stunning. Incredible stuff and helpfull explanation. More then impressed with your work and videos. Subscribed!

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  • Reply CactiNotch November 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Damn, this is great will definitely try it in my projects, very informative and easy to follow. Would love to hear you commentate 🙂

  • Reply F Kaskar November 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Mine didnt come out looking so sharp lol

  • Reply Fehri B.R.M December 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm


  • Reply Avindr December 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Can someone tell me were to find the first song ? This Link isn't helping at all

  • Reply Godspd January 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

    old, out of date

  • Reply yudhea vanestius January 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Why I can't change background cntents to Black

  • Reply stirling February 2, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    The downloads don't work anymore 🙁

  • Reply Nisha Bhadresha February 10, 2018 at 9:45 am


  • Reply Yogi Yogi February 25, 2018 at 8:18 am

    what song 5:40

  • Reply Michael Kudryavizki April 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Very nice and helpful thank you!

  • Reply Wout Vanneste May 7, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Great song!

  • Reply Tha Logo May 14, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Used this effect on a Mixtape Cover. Thanks for the tutorial,

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  • Reply Au Hao En July 4, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    this video helps me a lot, very useful for my first time using PSD, thank you so much for the video!!!

  • Reply Evaliena July 31, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Thx for this great Tutorial. 🙂

  • Reply Boss Entertainment September 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you ! you really helped me bruh <3

  • Reply SHAILESH MEHTA September 19, 2018 at 9:47 am

    upload new videos

  • Reply SHAILESH MEHTA October 13, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    can you make video on puppet warp please please please please

  • Reply pilucalondon October 24, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Awesome!! Thanks a lot, this was very easy to follow and superb results 🙂

  • Reply Farzana Yasmin February 2, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    very nice…if it is a logo then it might use in different background color…but u choose black…so is there any suggestion regarding this?

  • Reply sokpiseth April 23, 2019 at 11:58 am

    very nice video

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  • Reply anouar fathallah September 27, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    how to add this brushes and actions to my PS app ?????????????

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