In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use Transfuchsian’s powder explosion set to create a powder explosion text effect.

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Step 1: First I am going to start by opening up one of the files.  I am starting with “Powder1.AI” and will be using this one as my background.  I start by locking all of the layers and create a new layer on top of all the other layers for my Text.

 Powder Explosion Text Effect

Step 2: Add in your text.  I have set the color to black. The font I am using here is called “Amble” and can be found on fontsquirrel – Click Here

 Powder Explosion Text Effect

Step 3: Lock this layer and create a new one on top. Open up “powder2.ai”, lock the background layer.  Select everything in the document (Ctrl +A) and then copy (Ctrl +C) and Paste into your new document on the topmost layer above the text.  I have placed it to the left over the text.

 Powder Explosion Text Effect

Step 4: Lock this layer and create a new one on top. Open “powder5.ai” and do the same cut and paste for this new layer. Play around with the placement until you are happy.  I have place this one to run through the middle word.

 Powder Explosion Text Effect

Step 5: To give more emphasis to a word or group of letters, go back to your text layer and expand it.  Type > Create Outlines.  Select the letters you want to feature, make a copy of them (Ctrl + C).  Create a new layer on top of all the other layers and paste the letters in front (Ctrl + F).

 Powder Explosion Text Effect

Step 6: You can stop here if you want to keep the powder white.

 Powder Explosion Text Effect

Step 7: To change the color of the powder, start by selecting the group you pasted into the document in Step 4.  Hit Ctrl + H to hide the outlines.  Go to Edit > Edit Colors > Adjust Color Balance.  Make sure the Preview button is checked on so you can see what you are doing.  Adjust the color sliders up and down to get the color you want.  I want to change the color to blue, so I bump up the Cyan and lower the Black.

 Powder Explosion Text Effect

Step 8: Select the group you pasted in step 3 and do the same thing.  For this layer, I added a little more Cyan and decreased the black.

 Powder Explosion Text Effect

Step 9: Finally, unlock the layers for your background powder, select all of the elements and do the same adjustment. For this one, I added a little bit of yellow and increased the black.

 Powder Explosion Text Effect

 

There you go. Play around with different colors and layers and have fun with it.

Powder Explosion Text Effect

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