Hot text in Photoshop

In this lesson we will try to achieve a glowing text effect in flames:

Conventionally, the structure of the lesson can be represented as follows:
Paragraph 1-3 – document specifications, photo layout and font selection;
Paragraph 4-9 – giving the text a red-hot effect;
Paragraph 10-13 – flame effect;
Paragraph 14 – variations of the effect.

For the lesson we need:

Step 1. Create a new document with the following parameters:

Fill the background layer with black.

Step2 Now we need a photo of the flame. It is very desirable that it be high resolution, and there were visible flames, “the game of fire” (the photo used in the lesson is in the archive). We place it in the document on top of the background.
Rename this layer to “Layer 1”. Result:

Step 3. Next, we need to decide on the font. Here everyone can have different preferences, the essence does not change. I chose the font with the dangerous name Trajan Pro, the size – 100pt. We type the necessary word on a new layer (in my case this word is Dream). It turns out like this:

Rename the layer to “Layer 2”. Rasterize the layer.
Step 4. Next we give the letters a red-hot effect. To do this, select the contents of layer 2 (while holding Ctrl, click on the icon layer “Layer 2”). We produce the selection inversion (Select / Inverse). Without canceling the selection, go to “Layer 1”, duplicate it (called “Layer 1a”) and click Delete. Now, if we turn off the visibility of the layers “Layer 1” and “Layer 2”, we get the following result:

Bring back visibility to the “Layer 1” layer, but “Layer 2” can be deleted.

Step 5. Bring back visibility to the “Layer 1” layer, but “Layer 2” can be deleted. Do not pay attention to the fact that you do not see the letters, it is logical and now we will correct this omission.

Duplicate the “Layer 1a” layer twice. The first duplicated layer is called “Layer 1b”, the second one is called “Layer 1c”. Layers “Layer 1a” and “Layer 1b” assign screen blending modes, opacity – 100%

Layer “Layer 1c” set mode Darken (Replace with dark), opacity – 40%.

Duplicate the layer “Layer 1c”, rename it to “Layer 2a”, blending mode – Screen (Lightening), opacity – 100%. Go to the Blending Options and tab “Drop shadow»(Shadow) set the following options: Blend Mode – Multiply, Opacity – 29%, Angle – 120, Distance – 5, Spread – 0, Size – 9. We get the following result:

As you can see, the letters acquired a certain volume and became quite distinct.

Step 6. Duplicate the “Layer 2a” layer (along with it, the overlay effects are duplicated). Rename it to “Layer 2b”. Overlay mode set for now. Normal (Normal). Turn off the visibility of effects (right click on the icon fx (located on the left side of the selected layer in the layers palette), and select the Hide All Effects option.

Next, we turn off the visibility of the layer “Layer 1”. The result of the actions performed:

Step 7. Now, with the selected layer “Layer 2b” go to Filters / Distort / Wave (Filter – Distortion – Wave) and set the following parameters:


Step 8. Now, being on the same layer, we follow in Filters / Blur / Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur), the blur radius is determined at 2.3 pixels. Set for this layer (who forgot, this is layer “Layer 2b”) blending mode on Screen, opacity – 40%. Make visible overlay effects.
Duplicate the layer. Rename “Layer 2c”. Blend Mode – Overlay (Overlap), opacity – 30%. Result:

Step 9. Now duplicate the “Layer 2a” and “Layer 2b”. Place the copies made up the stack and change the blending modes to Normal, opacity to 100%. Drain both layers. Rename the resulting layer to “Layer 3a”:

Step 10. Now, in fact, we proceed to the final part of the work.

On top of all layers, create a new empty layer “Layer 3b”. Mode – Normal, opacity is 100%. Turn off the visibility of all layers except this layer, Layer 3a layer and the background.

On the Layer 3b layer, set the base color to white. Select the set preset smoke brushes, turn on the creative imagination and start different (it is desirable that there were no repetitive flames) to draw smoke (it is a flame) along the contour of the letters. At the same time, do not forget that causing a palette of brushes – Window / Brushes (Window – Brushes), and selecting the option in the resulting window Brush tip shape (Brush print form), you can use the spherical pointer (located in the middle of the right side) to change the direction of the brush. Great facilitates the work.

This menu and the result of processing the letter “D“(Also need to process all the letters:

This is the result that must be achieved:

Step 11. Then we simply merge the layers “Layer 3a and Layer 3b”. Rename it to “Layer 4”.
With Ctrl pressed, click on the layer icon and get the following selection:

Step 12. Without removing the selection, we go to the layer “Layer 1”, duplicate it and turn on the visibility of the copy. On the resulting layer (let’s call it Final) we invert our selection and click Delete. That’s what we got:

Step 13. Turning off the visibility of the layer “Layer 4”, but turn on the visibility of all other layers (except for the original layer “Layer 1”).
Here is what we got in the end:

Due to the fact that we have not merged our many layers, we have the possibility of edits – maybe some layer should be given a different blend mode, change the opacity, enhance the contrast or, in general, turn it off. At the stage of working with brushes, you can draw more powerful flames (in my case, obviously, the letter “D” is sufficiently Kutso), and, in general – not to be limited to smoky ones, but to pump up brushes like “fairy dust” and the like. additionally process any areas to give sparks, etc.

Step 14. Here, for example, what I will get if in the step where we after applying the Wave filter to the layer “Layer 2b” applied a Gaussian blur, I also apply the Motion Blur filter (Filter / Blur / Motion blur, Angle – “ -53 “, Distance – 43) and change the blend mode to Lighten, opacity – 70%.

As you can see, the previously distinct contours left by the Wave filter left me and only their vague outlines became noticeable.

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