Fire portrait in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a fiery portrait of a girl. You will learn how to use textures, add fire and create light effects.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Create a new document 1000? 1100 px, fill it with black color. Press the keys (Ctrl + Shift + N) to create a new layer. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B), brush color # 4e1502, brush size 1200 px. Use the brush in the center of the black background:

Step 2

Create a new layer, change the brush color to # f6bc2f. Apply the brush inside the dark red background, and then change the blending mode to Lightening basics (Color Dodge), 100%:

Step 3

Create a new layer, apply the same brush again. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), 70%:

Step 4

Open the stock image of the Nebula. Using tool Move (Move Tool (V), move this image to our working paper:

Step 5

To the nebula layer, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar. Being on a layer mask, using a soft black brush with an opacity of about 40-45%, hide certain parts of the nebula. You can see the result of processing on the layer mask and the result on the image:

Step 6

Duplicate the layer and then hide the separate areas on the layer mask to get the result, as in the screenshot below:

Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur), set a blur radius of 2 px:

Step 7

Open the stock image of the Model. First, with the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso), create a selection around the model image (there is no need to be precise when selecting the hair):

Double click on the model layer to unlock it.

Without removing the active selection, add a layer mask to the model layer to hide the background.

Step 8

Right-click on the layer mask of the Layer 0 layer in the window that appears. select option Refine mask (Refine Mask):

Notice of translator: you can use the option Refine edge (Refine edges) when selecting a model, and then adding a layer mask.

Using tool Refine radius (Refine Radius Tool), the size of the radius is about 100 px, paint over the head to add hair to the selected area.

You can see my result after clarifying the edges (I specifically used the red background so that you can visually see the result of the selection):

Step 9

Move the selected image of the model to our working paper, placing the layer with the model on top of all the other layers:

Step 10

I decided to reduce the brightness on the light areas of the image of the model, therefore, create a new layer on top of the layer with the model as a clipping mask:

Using a soft brush, brush color # e6e2e9, paint over the blond part of the hair, face, model’s hands. Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply), 100%:

Step 11

Continue to reduce the brightness on the face, as well as on the model’s hand. Create a new layer as a clipping mask, use the same brush. Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply) 50%:

Step 12

I decided to add details to the model’s hair. Create a new layer, select a brush, brush color # 5a595b, size approximately 20 px. The result after adding hair:

Step 13

To add shades of red to the model image, I added a new adjustment layer as a clipping mask. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue / Saturation):

Step 14

Next, I added a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) for the same purpose:

Step 15

Add a new adjustment layer Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to darken the model:

Being on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), using a soft black brush, hide and reduce the intensity of the blackout.

Step 16

Create a new layer. Set the brush color to # f66e2b. Paint brush on the hair and hands of the model. Change the blending mode for this layer to Chromaticity (Color), 100%:

Step 17

Create a new layer. Using the same brush, add more bright red to the contour of the model’s hair and body. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), 100%:

Step 18

Create a new layer. Using the brush color # f5c25f, paint over the model outline again to add orange tints. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light), 100%:

Step 19

Create a new layer. Using the same brush, paint over the tips of the model’s hair. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap(Overlay), 100%:

Step 20

Create a new layer. Using the color of the brush # f66e2b, paint over the model’s eyes. Change the blending mode for this layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), 100%:

Step 21

Go to the Brushes settings menu, select the option Restore brushes (Reset Brushes) to activate the default brush set. Create a new layer, change the foreground color to # f66e2b. Select the Fuzzball brush (asterisk).

Reduce brush size to 80 px. Brush inside the model’s eye. Change the blending mode for this layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), 100%:

Step 22

To enhance the details on the face, create a new layer, set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay), 100%, set the fill 50% gray (50% gray):

Using tools Clarifier / Dimmer (Dodge and Burn Tool (O), Range (Range) Mid tones (Midtones), Exposition (Exposure) approximately 20-25%, lighten the eyes of the model, the contour of the face, nose, and also darken the eyebrows and the bridge of nose. You can see the processing result in the mode. Normal (Normal) and result in mode Overlap (Overlay):

Step 23

Create a new layer on top of all layers, with a brush, brush color # bd5733, paint over the bottom of the image:

Step 24

To enhance the effect, I used a soft brush, the color of the brush # f6bc2f. Change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), 100%:

Step 25

Create a new layer. Using a soft brush, brush color # f6bc2f, paint over the model’s hands. Change the blending mode for this layer to Hard shine(Hard Light), 100%:

Step 26

Open the image with sparks. Move this image to our working paper. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge), 100%:

I called this layer “spark 1 ?.

Step 27

To the layer with sparks, add a layer mask and on the layer mask using a black brush, hide the sparks, and also reduce the intensity of the sparks in certain areas of the image:

Step 28

Being on the ‘spark 1’ layer, let’s go Filter – Distortion – Twisting (Filter-Distort-Twirl):

Apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 2 px:

Step 29

Duplicate the sparks layer, press the keys (Ctrl + T) to rotate the image and get the result, as in the screenshot below. You can use the layer mask to hide any extra areas of the image:

Step 30

Open images with fire. I selected the following images that I will work with:

Using tool Rectangular area (Retangular Marquee Tool (M), select the part of the image on the image of fire 1:

Move the selected part of the fire to our working paper, placing the model in the lower body. Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen), 100%:

Step 31

To hide the white edges that appeared after changing the blending mode, double-click on the layer with fire, to display the layer style window, select the option Overlay options (Blending Options). Hold Alt + drag the black option slider This layer (This Layer) until the white edges disappear:

Step 32

Select other areas of the image of fire, place them around the body and hair of the model. I applied the same settings Overlay options (Blending Options) to all these layers with effects of fire, and also used layer masks to hide unnecessary parts of images.

I used 14 layers to create this effect.

Step 33

Select all the layers with fire effects, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to merge them into one group. Change the blending mode for this group to Skip (Pass Through (overlay mode for default group) per mode Lightening (Screen), 100%. On the topmost layer ‘layer 14’, let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves):

Being on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), hide the correction of the curves on the hands, hair and in the lower part of the image, because I do not want these areas to be too bright:

Step 34

Final step: press the keys (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E) to merge all visible layers. Next, go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (Filter-Sharpen-Unsharp Mask):

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Final result

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