Fiery passion

In this lesson, we will be transforming an ordinary photo of a girl into an amazing illustration of fiery passion. The idea of ​​this transformation is to create a good-looking illustration, using simple methods and tools, such as the Brush tool and the Warp command.

Materials for the lesson:

Girl

Flame

Step 1. For this lesson, the author used two photographs that satisfied the idea of ​​his lesson. The first is a photo of a girl who can be downloaded from the archive. The second is a photograph of the flames, which can also be found in the archive. To write this lesson, the author used Photoshop CS3.

Step 2. Open the photo with the girl and create her duplicate document Image Duplicate (Image – Duplicate). Name duplicate “Fiery passion”. The original file can be closed. Further we will work with the duplicate.

Step 3. Duplicate layer “Background”(background)(Ctrl +J). Set the foreground and background color to black and white (pressing the key D on keyboard). Select layer “Background”(background) and fill it with black (Alt +Delete). See image below.

Step 4. Select “Layer 1” (Layer 1), Click (Shift +Ctrl + U), to apply the command Desaturate (Discolor). Next, invert the color by pressing the key combination (Ctrl +I). Your image should look like a photonegative.

Step 5. Duplicate “Layer 1” (Layer 1) and apply a filter Filter – Stylized – Find Edges (Filter – Styling – Selection of edges). Next, invert the color by pressing the key combination (Ctrl +I) and change the blending mode for the layer to Hard Light (Hard light). The outline of the image is now displayed in a contrasting white line against a very dark background.

Step 6. To add more white line contrast, duplicate the layer “Layer 1 copy”
(Layer 1 copy) and change the blending mode for the layer to Screen (Lightening).

Step 7. Now open the second image and drag it onto the document. “Fiery Passion” using a tool Move tool(Move). In the dialog that appears, click Ok, to make a choice.

Step 8. The fire image will now have a layer name. “Layer 2” (Layer 2). Change the blending mode for the layer to Screen (Lightening) – this will hide the black color on the layer “Layer 2” (Layer 2). If you did everything right, then your image will be similar to the image below.

Step 9. Duplicate layer “Layer 2” (Layer 2) by pressing the key combination (Ctrl + J). Make sure the overlay on the new layer is set to layer. Screen (Lightening), the same as on the original layer. “Layer 2” (Layer 2). Then do “Layer 2” (Layer 2) invisible, hiding it in the layers panel.

Step 10. Select “Layer 2 copy”(Layer 2) to make it active, then use the key combination (Ctrl +T) to expand and resize the image as shown below. Do not forget to press the keyENTER after you finish the conversion.

Step 11. Further, for the same layer, apply the deformation Edit> Transform> Warp (Editing – Transforming – Deformation), in order to give the image of fire a hair shape. See picture below.

Step 12. If you think the result is not good enough, use the filter Filter-liquify (Filter – Plastic) to eliminate minor flaws. The author used the tool Forward Warp tool (Deformation) and Twirl clockwise tool (Twisting clockwise) – to get the result as in the figure below.

Step 13. Duplicate layer “Layer 2 copy”(Layer 2), then use the key combination (Ctrl + T), to resize and rotate the image of fire in the current layer. Transform and place the layer approximately, as in the picture:

Step 14. Repeat the previous process to cover all hair with fire. Duplicate and change the layer until you cover all the hair with fire. If necessary, use a filter Filter-liquify (Filter – Plastic). The outcome of this process should be similar to the image below.

Step 15. Now select “Layer 2 copy”(Layer 2) and make it visible again. Change the blending mode for the layer to Vivid light (Bright light). This step is necessary for coloring the white lines of the bottom layer.

Step 16. Use for layer “Layer 2 copy”(Layer 2) key combination (Ctrl + T), to resize and rotate the image of the fire as shown. The purpose of the step is to cover the body and hair of the girl with a fire texture.

Step 17. Now apply a blur filter for the layer “Layer 2 copy”(Layer 2). To do this, go to the menu item Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Set the amount of blur value from 10 to 15 pixels.

Step 18. Now add a layer mask to layer “Layer 2 copy”(Layer 2). Select a soft round brush with Opacity (Opacity) 100 %. Set the size of the brush, what you need and paint over the mask layer extra elements of fire beyond the silhouette of the girl. See the process in the figure below.

Step 19. Now we need to remove the white lines that we got after working with the mask (marked with red rectangles in the figure). To do this, create a new layer and place it under the layer. “Layer 2 copy”(Layer 2). Next, just draw a soft round brush. black white areas.

Step 20. Now select the topmost layer (for the author, this “Layer 2 copy 6” (Layer 2 (copies) 6)), add two corrective layers.
The first Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and second “Brightness / Contrast” (Brightness / Contrast). Set the settings as shown in the figure below.

Step 21 Now create a spark effect. This can be done with a brush with settings like in the image below. The author used brushes from the standard set, but if you have other brushes that are suitable for this effect, then you can use them.

Step 22 Now we will create a new layer (under the adjustment layers), on which we will paint the sparks with the brush created in the previous step (the author has “Layer 4” (layer 4)). Select a color from the swatch palette. 50% gray (50% gray) and start drawing sparks. So that the sparks are not monotonous, change the size of the brush if necessary. The author first used a larger brush and then reduced the brush size (use the keys “[” and “]” to quickly change the size of the brush).

Step 23 To make our creation even more spectacular, create a new layer and change the blending mode for the layer to Screen (Lightening). Choose a soft round brush (not the one we changed earlier), with Opacity 50% (Opacity). And outline the parts of the body, neck, and hair as shown.

Conclusion
This is what the author of the lesson did:

View full size image here.

Lesson author: Jayan saputra

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