Create a Shattered Glass Title Animation

Create a popular Hollywood effect by utilizing particles and a clever array of modifiers.

33 minutes
Blender 2.53
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.9/5 (38 votes cast)

In this tutorial you will discover how to:

  • Use the explode modifier correctly to break apart your mesh
  • Slow down time by tweaking particle settings
  • Use force fields to give your particles an extra ‘kick’
  • Create thousands of shards of glass in one fell swoop
  • Color grade your work ‘hollywood style’

If you’ve spent anytime watching television, you’ve probably seen at least one commercial or trailer showing slow motion shattered glass. And if you’re like me you’ve probably obsessed over this effect and let it play in your head on repeat until the wee hours of the morning instead of sleeping.

It’s an effect that’s always been on my ‘to-do’ list, but never reached my ‘actually doing’ list until now.

Finished Result

Download the Starter .blend file Download the Finished .blend

At a Glance

Screenshots from the video:

Chapter marks

Bored? Skip to the good bits.

  • 2:50 – Part 1: Text and Particles
  • 18:07 – Part 2: Lighting
  • 19:45 – Part 3: Materials
  • 21:33 – Part 4: Compositing

The first person to replicate the van scene from Inception get’s a beer! :)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you create something cool with it, show it off in the comment section!

Create a Shattered Glass Title Animation, 4.9 out of 5 based on 38 ratings

About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • Cade Bengert

    Trying to make a still image if cracked glass (a bunt object hitting glass and cracking it). Gonna try to do it adapting this lesson. If anyone has some different suggestions on better ways to do this, let me know :)

  • Rohit

    Hey andrew i have a doubt??? how can you render the entire animation from back..(i want to render from last frame to first frame not first to last)

  • Ruben

    Hello, I would like to thank the outset tuturiais quality and passion that you awake in the Blender: D
    I’m having some difficulties (because I do not know too much work with Blender). I wanted to create an intro for a short film I have in mind … and she talks about the war, this is your idea simply perfect: DDD I have a difficulty in creating the logo, even been watching your video that you mention it, but I still have the same problem. There are certain parts of the lyrics that are straight and when I add the first modifier – subsurf – the letter is right where it should be rounded … how to fix this?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Fauzi MG

    Hello Andrew Price,

    i think i have missing part to ollow your tutorial.

    when i try to check box Vector in Layer Option at render setting, then the particles not see in render result, you can see in this image, and you can see my all setting in my file

    • Fauzi MG

      hello, I found my missing part why my result render not proper. Cause the subsurface modifier i put 2 in render. and then change to 1

      So, it’s working but i need more experiance with node editor to composite render..hehe

      thx before ^~^a

  • noah

    Were did you get the sound effect?

  • Blender#1 Scre 3d max and maya!!!

    Hey AP, first of all i have to say that u make really helpful and interesting Tuts for blender. I would like to ask you to create a tutorial of something that i cant figure out myself, could you make a animation effect on Aspirin dropped in the glass of water, of gravity when the Tab swims up after while, bubbles and well everything . . . TNX again!