Summary:

Pow! Wham! Zap! in Photoshop

    ●   Advertisements, Comics and Cartoons use interesting graphics to portray impact and action.

    ●   They are usually part of what's known in the business as a "Call-to-Action!"

    ●  A good "Call-to-Action!" should explain to viewers exactly what you want them to do, like: BUY!, NOW!, order, browse, sign up, New!. Try to create these kinds of explosive texts that give the impression of exciting activity.


Learn About:

Polygonal Lasso Tool Blending Options Direct Selection Tool Vector Shapes Radial Blur

  •  This tutorial is part of the Shoe Repair project.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

lightning bolt pow example pow wam zap example

Step #1: Open Your Project in PhotoShop ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop …

 

 

… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

… select the Horizontal Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …

horizontal type tool

…… drag a box and type SOMETHING YOU CAN USE IN YOUR PROJCT!


Step#2: Select your Font ~

Select your text …

… click on Font Family in the menu bar and scroll through the different fonts.

Find a BIG BOLD Type.

pow!


Step #3: Convert to Shape ~

Go to: Type > Convert to Shape


Step #4: Adjust the Letters ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘) + T or got to: Edit >Transform and then hold Cmd(⌘) cmd key to transform the letters like so:

Get the Direct Selection Tool

… and adjust the Anchor Points to create an interesting effect.

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Step #5: Delete the Anchor Points ~

Right-Click on the anchor points to delete them …

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Step #6: Adjust the Bezier Curves ~

Also adjust the Bezier curves to get a smooth puffy shape …

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Step #7: Transform Cmd (⌘)+ T ~

Keep doing all these things until you get something you like …

pow


Step #6: Layer Styles …

Then go to: Layer > Layer Style > Outer Glow

Raise the size and spread of the glow so you can see the text clearly …


Step #8: Bevel and Emboss …

Next, add Bevel and Emboss

… and adjust the settings to make your text contrast against the background.


Step #9: Drop Shadow …

Add a little Drop Shadow

… adjust the angle of the shadow …

… and lastly, add Stroke - adjust the width.

stroke layer style

The goal is to make the text contrast against the background …

Also go to: Filter > Stylize > Wind and see if you like it …


Step #10: Explosion ~

Make a New Layer …

 

 

… or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift(⇧)+N

cmd key + shift key + n key

 

Get the Polygonal Lasso Tool

polygonal lasso tool

Make a shape like this:

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Fill the shape with a color that matches the background of your overall project:

fill example

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+D to deselect the marching ants …


Step #11: Radial Blur ~

Then go to: Filter > Blur > Radial Blur.  

Select Zoom

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Remember: You can adjust the "Blur Center" by dragging its center point around -

thats's the most important part …

 


Step #12: Cmd(⌘)+F ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F to repeat the filter …

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… as many times as you want …


Step #14: Effects ~

 Click the fx at the bottom of the layers palette and add Bevel and Emboss to your shape …

Also try Outer Glow and any other blending options you like …

outer glow


Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as … and save your file as a .psd

save as

Remember:


  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

 

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

 

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.