Create this cracked effect on text and shapes quickly by converting and combining shapes, then blowing things apart. Artboard’s simple, direct Regular Polygon ‘Star’ makes easy work out of drawing smashes.
Program : Artboard for Mac OS X
Topics Covered: Convert, Combine Objects
Estimated Completion Time: 15 minutes
The first step is to use a large blocky font with your text. Use the Text Tab to select a font and its style properties. Here we use Arial Black at 96pt.
Next add a Regular Polygon ‘star’ to drawing. With the star still selected, use the Geometry Tab to adjust number of sides (we use 12) and Inner Radius of the star.
With the text selected, choose Convert To > Shape Group from the Geometry Tab. Ungroup using the keyboard shortcut ⌘Command + Shift + G. Each letter is now an individual shape.
With the star still selected, choose Convert To > Shape from the Geometry Tab. Click the Arrange > Move To Front button to move it on top of the text shapes, then stretch it out over letter shapes by dragging its object handles.
Next, choose Convert To > Path from the Geometry Tab (alternatively, double-click to ‘quick-convert’ it to a path). Adjust the individual points to achieve a more randomized smash pattern.
Select all the text and smash shapes and click the Combine > Difference button in the Geometry Tab.
Select again and choose Combine > Break Apart from the main menu. Now, you can begin to move fragments slightly outward (away from center) to emphasize the smashed effect. You can also try rotating them slightly to add a more scattered look.
This can be a great effect when applied to one or two words, and even other shapes (like we’ve done in our tutorial’s background image). Don’t be afraid to experiment. Tweak your design until you are happy with the overall look.