How to Create a Quick Broken Glass Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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This tutorial will show you how to use a couple of layer styles to create a glass text effect. Then, it will show you how to use selection tool and masks to turn it into broken glass. Let's get started!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on GraphicRiver.

Looking for a broken glass effect Photoshop action? Why not try this Photoshop action which has six different versions, so you can vary how broken you want your glass. It works on text and shapes.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Create a Background

Step 1

Create a new 100 x 667 px document. Then place the Sorensen Leather - Campo-burgundy-20824 image on top of the Background layer, rename its layer to BG Texture, and resize it as you like.

Step 2

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Levels.

Step 3

Change the Gamma value to 1.10 and the Highlights to 180.

Step 4

Add a Gradient layer on top of all layers.

Create a Transparent to Fill Color gradient fill, using the colors #d6d6d6 to the left and #a6a6a6 to the right.

Change the Style to Radial and the Scale to 250, and check the Dither box.

Step 5

Change the Gradient layer's Blend Mode to Color Burn.

2. How to Create the Text

Step 1

Create the text in All Caps using the font Ronnia Bold. Set the Color to White, and the Size to 150 pt.

Step 2

Change the text layer's Fill value to 0, and duplicate it twice.

3. How to Apply a Layer Style to the Original Text Layer

Double-click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

• Blend Mode: Vivid Light
• Color: #f2dede
• Opacity: 10%
• Uncheck the Use Global Light box
• Angle: -19
• Distance: 11
• Size: 20

Step 2

Click the + sign at the right of the Drop Shadow tab, to add another Drop Shadow effect with these settings:

• Blend Mode: Color Burn
• Color: #837777
• Opacity: 30%
• Uncheck the Use Global Light box
• Angle: 107
• Distance: 12
• Spread: 2
• Size: 10

This will create the drop shadow and highlight part of the effect.

4. How to Apply a Layer Style to the First Copy Text Layer

Double-click the first copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

• Size: 3
• Shadow Mode: Overlay
• Color: #e4eeee

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

• Contour: Cove - Deep
• Check the Anti-aliased box.
• Range: 100%

Step 3

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

• Blend Mode: Screen
• Color: #e2e2e2
• Opacity: 10%
• Uncheck the Use Global Light box
• Angle: 90
• Distance: 2
• Size: 13

Step 4

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

• Blend Mode: Overlay
• Opacity: 30%
• Color: #f1ecec
• Technique: Precise
• Size: 3
• Check the Anti-aliased box
• Range: 35

Step 5

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

• Check the Dither box
• Blend Mode: Soft Light
• Opacity: 50%
• Style: Reflected
• Angle: 105
• Scale: 150%
• Check the Reverse box
• Click the Gradient box to create the gradient fill

Step 6

To create the Gradient, you’ll need to click below the gradient bar to add Color Stops, and when you click each Color Stop, you can change its Color and Location values. Here are the Color Stop values used from left to right:

Color - Location

• #252321 - 0%
• #656565 - 22%
• #eeeeee - 44%
• #585858 - 69%
• #eeeeee - 70%
• #606060 - 83%
• #252321 - 100%

Step 7

Change the first copy layer's Fill value to 0.

5. How to Apply a Layer Style to the Second Copy Text Layer

Double-click the second copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

• Size: 5
• Check the Anti-aliased box
• Shadow Mode: Overlay
• Color: #d0e8e9

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

• Check the Anti-aliased box.
• Range: 70%

This will style the last part of the effect.

6. How to Mask a Selection

Step 1

Pick the Polygonal Lasso Tool, and click the Add to selection icon in the Options bar.

What you need to do next is create sharp shapes over some parts of the text, to mimic the appearance of broken areas.

Step 2

When you're done creating the selection, hold the Option key and click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Step 3

Hold the Option key again, and drag the mask to each of the copy text layers.

7. How to Create Simple Shattered Pieces

Step 1

With the Polygonal Lasso Tool again, create some more sharp selections of smaller scattered shapes around the text, to create the shattered pieces.

Once you're done with that, create a new layer on top of all layers, call it Pieces, and fill the pieces' selection with White.

Press Command-D to get rid of the selection.

Step 2

Duplicate the Pieces layer twice.

8. How to Copy and Paste Layer Styles

Step 1

Right-click the original text layer, and choose Copy Layer Style. Then right-click the Pieces layer, and choose Paste Layer Style.

Repeat that for the first copy and the second copy text and Pieces layers.

Step 2

Right-click the fx icon to the right of the Pieces layer, and choose Scale Effect.

Step 3

Set the Scale value to 50%. Repeat that for the Pieces copy layers.

Step 4

Double-click the Pieces layer, and change the Drop Shadow effect's Size value back to 10.

This will make sure that the shadow has the same size for all the parts of the text.

9. How to Create a Spotlight Effect

Step 1

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool to create an ellipse around the text.

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the Gradient layer and call it Light.

Fill the selection with the color #d6d6d6.

Step 3

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the Radius to 50 or any other value you prefer.

Step 4

Change the Light layer's Blend Mode to Vivid Light, and its Opacity to 10% or any other value you like.

Congratulations, You're Done!

In this tutorial, we created a simple background using a leather texture and a gradient fill layer for the vignette effect.

Then, we created three text layers and styled them to create the glass effect.

After that, we used the Polygonal Lasso Tool to create the broken areas and shattered pieces, and we styled the pieces to fit within the effect.

Finally, we added some lighting behind the text, using an elliptical selection and a blur filter.

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