Realistic fire – 2

Part 1:

Step 1. File size can be customized according to your requirements. For example, the size of my file:
Width: 800 pixels
Height: 600 pixels
Resolution: 300 ppi
Color Mode: RGB

Step 2. Set the default color settings to black and white (Press D).

Step 3. Fill the background with white (CTRL + Backspace).

Step 4. Log in Filter – Rendering – Clouds with overlay (Filter> Render> Difference Clouds).

Step 5. Continue applying a cloud overlay to the image until the fire pattern is formed (CTRL + F).

Step 6. Log in Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation (CTRL + U)).

Step 7. Tick ​​on Toning and apply the following settings:
Color tone: 30
Saturation: 60
Brightness: 0
* Now the fire looks a little orange, but this will be corrected in the following steps.

Step 8. Duplicate the layer by clicking Layer – Create a duplicate layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer (CTRL + J)) and press OK.

Step 9. PGo to the layers panel, change the blending mode from Normal to Soft Light (Normal> Soft Light) (press F7 to show it if the panel is closed). Soften the fire a little, and then change the color in the next step.
On the other hand, you can try using other blending modes, such as Darkening basics (Color burn) Overlap (Overlay) or Bright color (Vivid Light) to get the color of the fire immediately.

Step 10. Log in Image – Correction – Color balance (Image> Adjustments> Color Balance (CTRL + B)) and change “Layer 1 copy”.
Set the following level settings:
Shadows: 50, 0, -30
Mid tones: 45, 0, -45
Light: 70, 0, -50
Be sure to check “Save Glow” to increase brightness and contrast.
*Remember that all settings can be changed according to how you want to see the color of the fire.

Step 11. Click the small arrow icon in the layers window in the upper right corner. Then select Run down (Flatten image).

Step 12. The fire is finally created.
If you are not satisfied with the results, or you want to know more, the following steps will teach you how to change the fire and create a flame that can be used as mounting elements.

Part 2:

Step 13. First look at the fire that we just created. Select zones that can be changed to flame.
Create a copy of the layer Layers – Create a duplicate layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer (CTRL + J)) and press OK.
Select the original layer. Click the small arrow icon in the layers window in the upper right corner and select Delete layer (Delete Layer(we need the background to be transparent, so we created a copy of the layer and deleted the original).
Using the tool “Magic wand” (Magic wand tool (press W)), highlight the fire (Tolerance value set at will). The smaller you set the value, the more accurate the selection you will get. In this case, the best value is 25).

Step 14. Highlight the dark areas to delete (hold Shift and click on them). In this image I wanted to highlight the middle part, which looks like a flame.

Step 15. Press key Delete or Backspace (space) to remove the selection. Log in Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect (CTRL + D)) to deselect.

Step 16. CNow you can use the tool “Eraser” (Eraser tool (E)) to erase the rest of the fire and save the part we need.
*To reduce the size of the brush eraser, you can click [or increase by clicking].

Step 17. Click M, to choose a tool “Rectangular area” (Rectangular marquee tool), and create a square selection around the flame.
Select Free transform (CTRL + T) and turn the fire at your will. Click OK. Log in Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect (CTRL + D)) to deselect. Now we can imagine what the flame will look like.
* You can skip Step 17 if you are satisfied with the location of the flame.

Step 18. Log in Filter – Plastic (Filter> Liquify) and change the shape of the flame.
* Or you can create a selection before changing the flame.

Step 19. In the filter Plastics (Liquify) you can experiment with the tool “Twisting Clockwise” (Twirl clockwise) or other tools until you achieve realistic-looking edges of the flame. Click OK when you are satisfied with the result.

Step 20. If the edges of the flame look too hard, you can try using this method of solving the problem. Press L and use the tool. “Lasso” (Lasso Tool) to highlight the edges of the flame that you want to soften.

Step 21 Log in Selection – Shading (Select> Feather). Set the feathering value to 3 pixels.

Step 22 Log in Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) to give the flame a movement effect.

Step 23 Install Angle (Angle) according to the movement of your flame (in this case, the correct angle is -35)
Then go Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect (CTRL + D)), to deselect. Repeat steps 20 – 23 for the other edges of the flame so that they look more believable.

Step 24 The following steps will soften the edges around the entire flame.
Press and hold the CTRL key and click on the layer icon (on the layers panel). Log in Selection – Modification – Compress (Select> Modify> Contract) to squeeze the release of the flame inward.

Step 25. Set the compression value to 2 pixels (the correct value for the flame I just created).

Step 26. Log in Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse(Shift + CTRL + I)) and invert the flame.

Step 27. Log in Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur – 1.5 pixel radius (Filters> Blur> Gaussian Blur> Radius 1.5 pixels). (You can experiment with different blur values ​​for another effect).
Log in Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect (CTRL + D)) to remove the selection of fire that you just created.

Step 28. This is the end result of the lesson.

Step 29. It’s all! Repeat some steps to create other types of flame. If you’re familiar with the basics of Photoshop, here are a few ideas you can use:
Use a layer mask to create depth.
Or change the opacity of the layer in the layers panel to make the flame translucent.

Author: alex @ 123rf

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