Friday, 16 May 2008

Exploding text effect

This flash tutorial teaches you how to create an exploding text effect. This text effect is fairly simple and requires no action script. The result gives the effect of text exploding into many fragments.

Exploding text effect

Step 1

Create a new flash document. The size and background colour of the flash document is up to you.

Step 2

Using the text tool (T), type your text on the stage. I chose the font Arial black with black text colour.
You can choose whatever text, font or colour you want.

Step 3

Using the selection tool (v), select your text and convert it into a symbol by right clicking and choosing “convert to symbol” or by pressing F8.
Type a suitable name > check movie clip > Click ok.

Step 4

Now, right click on your movie clip and select > Break Apart.
Again right click and select break apart. Keep doing this until you get the following image below. There should be little white dots on your text.

Step 5

On the timeline create a new key frame at frame 20. By selecting the frame and pressing F6 or by right clicking the frame and selecting convert to key frame.

Step 6

Using the lasso tool (L), select a small section of your text and move it away from the original piece of text.

Note: To create a better exploding effect move larger pieces of text away from the original piece of text. Then from the larger pieces of text move smaller pieces of text away from the larger pieces.

Step 7

Now on the timeline select frame 19 and go the properties tab at the bottom of the screen.
Select shape from the tween drop down menu.
There should be a green arrow on the timeline now.

Step 8

Choose Ctrl + enter to test your text effect.

You should now have an exploding text effect.


tatuforever 5 July 2008 at 14:09  

hey, thanks for this tutorial, but i tryed it and it says "shape tweening will nor occur on layers containing symbols or grouped objects. so.. what can i do?

iliketo 6 July 2008 at 03:54  

Tatuforever, once you have converted you piece of text into a movie clip instance make sure you Break apart your movie clip instance, 3 times. Your text should then have little white dots.

tatuforever 6 July 2008 at 05:13  

thank you very much! it worked!

Andy 4 December 2008 at 22:09  

heyy, how do you make it explode from on piece of text into the other?

iliketo 14 December 2008 at 06:57  


Try text morphing.

Rob 9 January 2009 at 06:48  

How can you set it so that the explosion starts from the center and middle of the text, rather than the top righthand corner?

iliketo 9 January 2009 at 11:05  


When converting your text into a symbol try placing the registration point in the centre.

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