Fire In Photoshop By John Erickson

This is how I create semi-realistic flame effects in Photoshop.


Small Candle Flame

Step 1

Using the paintbrush tool on a new layer, create a small, vertical, soft-edged blob of red-orange with a smaller blob of orange and an even smaller blob of yellow inside it.

CandleA

Step 2

Using the smudge tool with a brush size slightly larger than your blob, smudge the blob upward in a wavy motion.

CandleB CandleC

Large Flame

Step 1

Using the paintbrush tool on a new layer, create a large, horizontal, soft-edged blob of red-orange with a smaller blob of orange and multiple small yellow blobs inside it.

FlameA

Step 2

Using the smudge tool with a large brush size, smudge the blob upward in a series of wavy motions.

FlameB FlameC

Step 3

Smudge the bottom of the blob downward to create an uneven base. Continue smudging the middle and top of the blob upward.

FlameD FlameE

Step 4

Using a smaller brush size (about half the size you used in steps 2 and 3 or smaller) refine the shape of the flame with small, arching and wavy strokes.

FlameF FlameG
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