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  • Fire Brushes: Photoshop Tutorial

    My search for a tutorial that produced realistic flames was in vain. The most convincing attempt at recreating fire was using 3D programs which rendered particles. Most other Photoshop fire tutorials are just not convincing enough. This tutorial will help you bring fire and flames to your images in more amazing ways than you can imagine.

    Presenting:



    Create fire through Brushes

    These are the fire brushes that I have developed. Brushes are simply images of something that you paint onto your canvas.

    1. First download this set of brushes to your desktop: HERE

    2. Go to Photoshop and go to your Brush Palette. Click on the small arrow to the right of the pallete and go to 'Load Brushes':



    3. Find the brush that you just downloaded and hit 'Load'.

    4. Now you have the fire brush!

    5. Make a new file 1000px by 1000px. Fill it with black (Alt+backspace). Make a new layer. Make your brush white and click on the canvas.

    6. Now go to Colour Balance and put in these values:




    7. There you have it: fire. (I am sort of colour blind, so use your own eyesight to create the exact colour that you want).



    Some Quick Examples of what to do with your FIRE

    I decided to test the fire out in a few different scenarios, a bit more time would have made them look more finished, but I'll leave that job up to you.



    Comments: You can make your own text by simply brushing over white text and using gradiants to merge them together!



    My Comments: Tank shooting and other gunfire. I decided to go for the dramatic rather than too much realism.



    My Comments: A stealth fighter destroys sleek modernist house. Enjoy the power of blowing up things with these brushes. Several brushes are great to make exploding effects!



    My Comments: Sub Zero with fireball. I just liked the irony of it all.

    Final

    Be creative with these new toys. Please feel free to post results.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Fire Brushes: Photoshop Tutorial started by Shards View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. kdoto's Avatar
      kdoto -
      Nice brushes, can you let us know that you've released them into the public domain?

      I'm scared to use them in any projects
    1. Darkniss's Avatar
      Darkniss -
      hi there great tutorial
      but for some reasen i cant seem to get the colors right.
      it stays white
    1. Shards's Avatar
      Shards -
      Did the colour balance not work ? Show us a pic of what you have so far and i`ll see how to fix it.
    1. pol's Avatar
      pol -
      hallo.
      the tutorial is very interesting, but i have the same problem with colour balance. with the flames in a different layer nothing happens. i have to flatten the image, for to colour it. and in this way i lose the advantage to have the flames in a separate layer. any tip?
      thank you
    1. TheEvilGenius's Avatar
      TheEvilGenius -
      Some of the issue here might be around the fact that for step 6 you appear to show Colour balance for Shadows twice. I'm assuming it should be Highlights, Shadows, Midtones? I tried that real quick and it seemed to work ok, so I'm not sure what the problem could be otherwise...
    1. Shards's Avatar
      Shards -
      The replacement image is on my comp, so I'll change it around soon.
    1. Hitmaker88's Avatar
      Hitmaker88 -
      Hi, I hope this thread is stilll active : / I found your firebrushes today and I love them. I seem to be missing out on something though because I'm not able to use the Color Balance parameters with the effect I want? Maybe it's a lack of Photoshop knowledge but how do I use these brushes in an existing photo without having to use blendmodes like overlay which destroyes the effect (caused by the black background)? I've tried using a layer mask and the "Blend If" function but the results are only mediocre.
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    1. TRP's Avatar
      TRP -
      I have downloaded your fire brush set and have used one in a project I'm working on so far so good will post a sample when finished
      Peace TRP
    1. TRP's Avatar
      TRP -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheEvilGenius View Post
      Some of the issue here might be around the fact that for step 6 you appear to show Colour balance for Shadows twice. I'm assuming it should be Highlights, Shadows, Midtones? I tried that real quick and it seemed to work ok, so I'm not sure what the problem could be otherwise...
      I saw that, and done exactly what you did and it worked for me to, I also just used highlights and shadows which also works with a little fine tuning
      Peace TRP