How to Make Fire in Photoshop

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When making fire in Photoshop, create a new layer on which to put the type that's going to be made to look like fire. Use the "gaussian blur" filter when making fire in Photoshop with help from a graphic designer in this free video on Adobe Photoshop tricks.

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Hi, I'm Zach Katagiri, freelance graphic designer in New York City, and today, we are talking about Photoshop. In this video, we're going to use Photoshop to make fire. First thing, of course, is to make a new document, and I'm going to title it Fire. And just for simplicity, I'm going to make it a square 500 by 500, and color. Okay. And I'm going to make the background black using the paint bucket tool. And then I'm going to create a new layer, and on this new layer is where I'm going to put the type that we are going to light on fire. So I'll use the type tool and type fire. All right. So the first thing you want to do is blend...rather merge these two layers together, so I'm going to select both of them and use Ctrl E to put them on the same layer. Then I'm going to edit, transform, and I'm going to rotate...I'm going to rotate it 90 degrees counterclockwise. And then I'm going to go to filter and stylize, and down to wind and I'm going to click okay. And you can either go do that one more time manually or you can use Ctrl F, which will apply the last filter. So now, I'm going to rotate it back into its right position, and I'm going to go to edit, transform, and go to 90 degrees clockwise. Sorry, that stuff is not on the screen. And we have the beginning of our fire. So now, I'm going to go to filter and use a gaussian blur, and I'm going to make it two pixels. And then we're going to go to image adjustments and adjust the hue and saturation. I'm going to make colorize is on, and I'm going to bring the saturation to around 84-ish. Now, I'm going to go to filter and choose liquify, and this is going to allow us to kind of draw out our flames. So you can just kind of grab a hold of these and just kind of manually give them a little bit of shape. And you can spend as much or as little time doing this as you want. And click okay. Now, we are going to create a duplicate of this layer, and go into layers, duplicate layer, and on the copy that we've made, I'm going to go to image, adjustments, and hue saturation. Make sure colorize is on again, and I'm going to make the hue somewhere in the yellow -- that'll be 60-ish -- and I'm going to increase the saturation up to 80. I'm going to click okay, and I'm going to change the layer mode to overlay. And I'm going to select both layers by holding down the Shift key, and I'm going to duplicate them. And now, I'm going to merge the duplicated layers. Now, I'm going to go up to filter and choose blur and gaussian blur. And this time, I'm going to make it around 8...6.8, and I'm going to change this layer type to screen. And you've got yourself fire on fire.

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