Create wings from fire in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn interesting tips for creating various shapes created from fire, as well as how to use filters, adjustment layers, and masks to create this stunning effect.

Final result

Source material:

STEP 1. In the first step, open the image of the girl and frame this image. We will need more space for fire wings, which is not enough at the moment.

STEP 2. Further, the space required for our original image is a bit insufficient, so cut out the middle part of the floor and place it in both lower corners. Create a layer mask and brush the edges to create a smooth transition.

STEP 3. Using tools Clarifier and dimmer (dodge burn), create light shadows on the girl.

STEP 4. Cut the model (using the tool Pen (pen tool) and remove the background.

STEP 5. Next, we will add a new background. Since the background image is too small for our working image, we will need to enlarge it, for this, press CTRL + J to duplicate the layer with the background. Apply a layer mask and process the edges so that the transition is not visible.

Next, go Filter – Blur – Blur by Gauss(Filters-Blur-Gaussian Blur) Radius(radius) 5 px to give the background more depth.

At this stage, the image looks a bit symmetrical, but this can be easily corrected with the tool. Stamp (clone stamp).

STEP 6. The background is dark, and our model is too light, so we will make it darker for a smooth color transition. We go to Corrective layers – Curves(Adjustment Layers – Curves) and apply the settings, as in the screenshot below. Use adjustment layer Curves (Curves), as a clipping mask.

STEP 7. In this step, we have to finish the hair. This is easy to do with a tablet, but you can also do it with a mouse. To begin with, using a tool Pipette (eye dropper) choose a color shade by clicking on the girl’s hair, and then draw a few curls of hair. It will be enough to draw only a few curls. See the screenshot below to compare how it should be.

STEP 8. Upload your stock image of wings and place them at your discretion. After that, press Ctrl + I to invert the colors to create a dark base for the flame.

STEP 9. Load the image of the flame and apply the settings as in the screenshot below in the parameters. Impose if (Blend if) in layer styles that are applied to the flame layer. Hold the ALT key to reduce the overlap of dark space – this action creates a smooth transition.

Translator’s Note: holding the alt key, you activate adjusting hues, in layer styles – simultaneously hold the ALT key, move the hue value with the cursor.

STEP 10. Add more flame images and dock them properly according to the shape of the wings (as a clipping mask (clipping mask). Applying a clipping mask will give you the basis for adding flames to the wings.

STEP 11. Upload another stock image of the flame and position it like in the screenshot below. Open again Layer styles (Layer Style) – in settings Impose if (Blend if) move the slider to get rid of all the dark areas, set the settings as in the screenshot below. Do not forget to hold the ALT key while moving the slider while setting values, creating a smooth transition. Next, on the layer mask, delete the parts you want to hide and change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen). You can experiment with different blending modes until you get rid of all the dark elements in the image that remain after applying Layer styles (Layer Style).

STEP 12. Below the flame layer whose mode is set to Lightening (screen), you can paint over with a black brush with a low opacity to increase the volume of the flame and reduce the opacity of the flame.

Translator’s Note: create a new layer, apply a layer mask to the new layer and paint the layer on the mask with a black brush with low opacity to enhance the flame.

STEP 13. Add flames around the wing.

STEP 14. After you have finished placing the flames and hiding most of the dark wings, merge all the layers with the flame (or merge them into one group) and duplicate the combined layer (group). Apply the transformation Flip Horizontal (Flip Horizontal) to the duplicated layer and arrange accordingly. The image of the wings looks too symmetrical, so we will fix it very quickly, adding more flame.

STEP 15. For better contrast, I used the usual Gradient MapBlack / white (Gradient Map black / white) – create a new Correction layer (Adjustment Layer) on top of the background folder (bg), which contains an image of the wall and sky.

STEP 16. Do not forget to add flames over the model layer, because otherwise the model will look static and unrealistic. I added small flames on top of her arm, but below the layer with painted hair and on top of her back. To the created layers with flames, I applied the blending mode Lightening (screen). Place flames over each other to create a more obvious fire.

STEP 17. Create a new layer and paint the model’s skin with an orange tint to create a bright light coming from the fire. Next, for this layer, set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

STEP 18. Add fiery splinters with a brush that I created for you (download). Just pick an orange tint and brush over the flame. If you have created too many sparks (fiery splinters), then simply apply a layer mask and on the layer mask using a brush, hide the excess.

STEP 19. Add more contrast with the adjustment layer. Curves (curves).

STEP 20. In this step, we will add some more adjustment layers to make our composition more harmonious. For starters, let’s go Adjustment Layers – Color Balance (Adjustment Layers –Color Balance), apply the adjustment layer twice. We apply the settings as in the screenshots below.

Correction layer Levels (Levels).

Layers – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layers> New Adjustment Layer> Gradient Map). Opacity (opacity) layer 40%.

STEP 21. Create a new layer, select the tool. Brush (brush tool). Create shadows in the corners of the image. If you got too dark, then reduce Opacity (opacity) layer.

STEP 22. Let’s go Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur) and apply the settings, as in the screenshot below. We use this filter at the edges.

STEP 23. Next, go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask). (see settings on screenshot below).

STEP 24. This step is optional. Add texture to the face of the girl so that it looks darker.

Final result

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