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In this tutorial, we are going to use the techniques we learned in a previous tutorial to create an awesome abstract shattered vector text effect in Adobe Illustrator. We are going to be altering the final results from our tutorial on how to make a vector shatter effect. We will add in our own text and apply one of Transfuchsian’s lighted text effect graphic styles and then re-arrange the shatter elements to create a shattered text effect. Let’s get started!
To begin, you will need to complete the tutorial on creating the basic shatter effect: Click here for the tutorial.
You will also need to have a copy of Transfuchsian’s Light Effect Graphic Styles, which you can download by clicking the button below:
Step 1: Start by loading up the finished result from the shatter tutorial.
Step 2: I am going to remove the place holder bits and re-size my art board to a standard letter size. Here is what I have with all the other elements I’m not going to use removed.
Step 3: If you followed the tutorial, or downloaded the source file, you should have your layers separated properly, which will make the file easy to work with. I am going to create a new layer above the “main blurs” layer. On this new layer, I will lay out my type. The font I am using here is called “Zero & Zero Is” and can be found on FontSquirrel – Click Here.
Step 4: Open up your light effect graphic style library. To do this, simply load up the Graphic Styles panel (Shift + F5 or Window > Graphic Styles). Click on the menu icon in the upper right and go to Open Graphic Style Library >Other Library. Navigate to where you saved the file and click on open.
Step 5: With your text selected, click on Graphic Style 10 to apply the effect. The font and the Graphic Style is going to do most of the work for you. The Graphic Style can be applied to any live type, just keep in mind that they are optimized for 72 pt. type.
Step 6: Now we are just going to move around some of the elements in our shatter effect to match up with our text better. Everybody’s layout is going to be different, so I’ll just run through the changes I made to mine. First, I rotated the entire effect to a more horizontal position.
Step 7: Now I will go through each layer and move elements around to bring them closer to my text. Starting with the “mainblurs” layer.
Step 8: Same thing with the other layers. Just moving the elements around a little. Keep going until you are happy with the design and you are done!