Create a fire photo manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a fantastic composition with fiery effects in Photoshop.
We will combine brushes with you, work with stock images, masks and correction to create fantastic effects for our illustration.
Here is the final result:

Cold version

Warm version

For the lesson we will need additional materials:

Step 1. Create a new document with the size of 1280×700 px with a black background, then create a new layer and a white one. soft brush we draw the background light in the center and below the canvas using transformations (CTRL + T) edit the spots.
Tip: you can first draw a spot in the center, then duplicate it (CTRL + J) and transform it to form the bottom part. Install Opacity (Opacity) layer at 20%.

Create a new layer and using brushes crack draw a texture in the form of cracks on the ground (to make the result look realistic, the texture needs to be slightly transformed):

I decided to add sparks from the fire on the ground. Upload an image Fire 1 in photoshop, we use Quick selection (Quick selection) to select a part of the image, as shown below:

Copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) selected area on the working canvas, transform (CTRL + T), as shown below:

We press CTRL + L, to trigger a corrective tool Levels (Levels), and apply the following parameters:

Reduce the layer opacity to about 80-90%, then use eraser (E) in the form of a Crack brush to remove a portion of the fiery texture:

And we get the following result:

Step 2. Upload an image Model in Photoshop, cut it out and paste it in the center of the working canvas:

Now zoom in a little and eraser (E) in the form brush crack erase part of the legs of the model, as shown below:

Add three adjustment layers with clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G) above the model layer:
Black and white (Black and white)

Editing Black and White adjustment layer mask (Black and White):

Levels (Levels)

Adjustment Layer Mask Levels (Levels):

Curves (Curves)

Now, as you can see, the colors on the left shoulder and right forearm are different from the rest – in these places we will create fire effects:

Use soft white brush (B) to draw light effects behind the hat, then with a soft black brush we add shadows under the model’s legs, to enhance the effect we add more cracks behind the legs:

And we get the following result:

Step 3. Now we can add fiery effects around the model to make the composition more supernatural. We load in Photoshop the image Fire 1 and use Lasso Tool (Lasso) (L) with feather (feathering) about 30% to highlight part of the fire:

Copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) the selected area onto the working canvas, place a new layer under the model layer, then distort the fire, as shown below:

I decided to deform the fiery texture to give it a wing shape:

You can also use the filter Liquify (Plastic) to add dynamism:

Add two adjustment layers with clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G) above the layer with fire:
Curves (Curves)

Color balance (Color balance)

And we get this effect:

On the layers panel, select the layers with fire and correction, press CTRL + G to merge them into a group, then duplicate the group and we reflect horizontally (CTRL + T), adjust the size and position near the right hand:

Step 4. Add a fire near the right hand. Load the Fire 2 image, copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) all the light onto the working canvas, adjust the size and position it as shown below (set the layer blending mode to Lighten (Replacing light)):

Use corrective tools on the fire layer to edit the color of the fire:

You can duplicate (CTRL + J) this fire layer, reduce it and use the filter Liquify (Plastic) create the effect of falling flame particles:

You can also create a new layer above the fiery layer and a soft white brush, click once in the center of the fire to give it a magical glow:

Step 5. We load the Crow image into Photoshop, cut out the bird and paste it onto the working canvas, adjust the size and location as shown below:

To add a crow’s movement, we take any brush in the form of clouds and draw under the bird, then we deform them with the help of the transformation tool. Warp (Deformation) as shown below:

Reduce the opacity of the raven layer to about 60% to get this effect:

Here is the result after the above manipulations:

Step 6. This step is optional. To enhance the effects, I added small details.
First, I drew additional hair locks on the left side (you can learn how to draw such hair from this lesson).

We get this effect:

I also used the Feather brushes to paint the feathers around the model (while working, don’t forget to adjust the size and opacity of the brush):

After that, I increased the brightness and corrected the colors in the image using adjustment layers (Curves (Curves), Color balance (Color balance)), and I got two final versions of this composition:

Cold version

Warm version

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