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Create fire in Photoshop

(Guest Post) Creating fire effect is useful whenever you require similar effects on your pictures. With this tutorial, you can easily create fire effect in photoshop.
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Steps to create fire in photoshop

1. Step Click Start >> All Programs >> Adobe Master Collection CS3 / CS4 / CS5 >> Adobe Photoshop CS3 / CS4 / CS5

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2. Step Now in your Photoshop, click File >> New and in the opened window put width = 500 pixels, height = 500 pixels, resolution = 100 and click OK

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3. Step Select brush tool with foreground color = #666666. Select ‘Airbrush Soft Round 100’. And make a straight line on the document. Hold shift while drawing line to make straight line.
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4. Step Select Smudge tool (Shortcut – R) with brush size = 60 px and strength=30%.
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5. Step Now create a distortion on the line by using Smudge tool. Select Smudge tool, click and drag on the line. Make similar like one shown in the screenshot. Smudge in different brush size. First use smudge with brush size = 60 px and then after smudging use with brush size = 25 px
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6. Step From the menu bar, click Image >> Adjustments >> Color Balance (Shortcut – Ctrl + B)
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7. Select Midtones in the color balance box, and put Cyan=+56, Magenta = -2 and Yellow = -66. See screen shot for details.
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8. Step Select Shadows in the color balance box, and put Cyan=+40, Magenta = 0 and Yellow = -41. See screen shot for details.
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9. Step Lastly, Select Highlights in the color balance box, and put Cyan=+85, Magenta = 0 and Yellow = -65. See screenshot for details.
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10. Step Again create some more distortion to make it look like a fire effect by dragging with smudge tool upwards. Put strength = 50% and brush size = 60px. Make it like the screenshot.
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11. Right click the layer in the layer palette and select ‘Duplicate Layer..’ and click OK.
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12. Click the just duplicated layer and from the blending dropdown menu, select ‘Multiply’.
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13. Select ‘Move Tool’ (Shortcut – V) and move the just duplicated layer a bit than the original layer to give a little real fire effect.
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This fire effect can also be added to text and images too. It looks good to get a fire effect for situation / setting which requires fire effect.

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Published: Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 Last Modified: June 3, 2011

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