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Ridiculously Realistic Scorching Fire Effect!

Are you a pyro? Even if you’re not, this flame effect photoshop tutorial is awesome! We take you step-by-step as you learn how to color dodge, take flame images using channels and much more. This tutorial is sure to take your Photoshop skills to the next level! Enjoy and comment!

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Here is a tutorial built in Adobe Photoshop CS3 that you can use to give your text a scorching reality.  This can also be applied to other shapes.  We thought it might be a cool idea to even apply this effect to a picture of a sprinter, we might do this in a tutorial down the road but for now we’ll stick to text.  Also, we were recently contact by the guys at 10steps.sg and they have a tutorial that is very similar to this.  Check it out here.  Great minds think alike.

We will be using mixing flaming fire images with filters and other Photoshop layer blending methods to come up with something slick!

Preview of Final Image:

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Create a document with a 300dpi with dimensions of 17 x 11 with a black background. Using the Type tool (T), select the font “Billboard” and type whatever you want to type for your fire text.  We wanted to make sure that we knew how our type would look finished so we just typed and arranged the entire thing.  As you can see below.  After this, flatten the text layers by clicking them both in the layers palette (we have the “king” on one layer and “tutz” on another) and pushing Command + E. This will flatten them. This is what this step looks like:

King Tutz Photoshop Tutorials Flame Text

Now we’ll use the marquee tool (M) to cut up the flattened text layer so we can apply different flame effects to each letter of the text.  Simply select the marquee tool (M), drag a box around the letter “K”, right click, and select layer via cut.  Do this for each of the letter so they are now all on their own layers.

We’ll start making the “K” look like it’s on fire.  Right-click on the flattened K type layer in the layers palette and choose Blending Options. Check on Drop Shadow and key in the following settings:

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Check on Color Overlay and key in the following settings.

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Check on Satin and key in the following settings.

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Check on Inner Glow and type in the following settings… choose a yellow that best suites you… here we used #e3bd29

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We’re now going to rasterize/flatten the type layers but before we do so we’re going to right click on the flattened “k” layer in the layers palette and select Copy Layer Style. Then we’re going to right click on each of the other letter layers and select Paste Layer Style. This will allow us to transfer all of the settings to each letter.  After this is done make a copy of each layer and hide it (this way we have a backup).  After each backup has been made, flatten each individual type layer.

Using the Eraser tool with varying sizes and opacity fade off the top portion of each letter.

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Go to Filter > Liquify. Select the Forward Warp Tool and key in the following settings. Using the Forward Warp tool, create some waves on the border of the type.

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Now we’re going to add the awesome flames on the next page!

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10.22.09

From the title of the tutorial I was expecting a lot less. This looks absolutely sweet though!

Awesome job!

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10.22.09

so the text layers dont stay as text when i flatten the layer… its like it just merges with the background layer, so when i start putting the blending options in there its only doing it as a square where i cut out the letters with marque

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10.22.09

this is a great post but it seems many of your images have gone missing. thanks a lot though looks great.

10.22.09

Nice Tutorial

10.22.09

Thanks for the input Zach, is there a way you could take a screenshot of what you are seeing? All images seem to be showing up on our end. Anyone else having problems?

10.22.09

Yes, I had LOTS of problems. It took a half dozen or more reloads to get all the images loaded properly. When the images wouldn’t load, what I would get is a question mark in place of the image. I am using Safari v4.04. I also got the same result using Firefox v3.5.5 too.

10.22.09

Hmmm, not sure why this would be. I just activated WP Super Cache which might be causing some problems…. I’ll deactivate it. Can you let me know if it helps?

10.22.09

ya just had to keep reloading over and over. Seems okay now but it was really flaky earlier.

10.22.09

Yea, we disabled the WP SuperCache. That plugin was supposed to help the sites loading times but It seems to serve up shaky images at times so thanks for the input!

10.22.09

Not sure what you mean. Could you elaborate a bit and we’ll see if we can steer you in the right direction :)

10.22.09

Thanks :) subscribe to the rss feed. We hope to keep pumping all sorts of sweet stuff out. We want this site to be a huge resource to your creative development.

10.22.09

I am having the same problem as Chris. what am I doing wrong?

10.22.09

Hey Matt,

Thanks for stopping by :) Could you add a little more detail to the problem you’re experiencing? We’ll try and nip this in the butt before too many people pull all of their hair out. Also, you should subscribe to our rss feed so you can stay up to date with all the tutorials. It’s the little orange box in the top right. :) Hope to hear back from you.

10.22.09

same problem as described by this user

so the text layers dont stay as text when i flatten the layer… its like it just merges with the background layer, so when i start putting the blending options in there its only doing it as a square where i cut out the letters with marque

please help

10.22.09

Hii people,
i’ve done all the steps on the page 1, but when i jumped to the instructions on the page 2, i didn’t understand how to apply the image of the flame….
plzzz i need more details about how to add the flame effect…
plzzz help! & thanks in advance :)

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10.22.09

I’ve added some revisions to the text of the tutorial. Let us know of any other questions you have. :)

So realistic and so simple to do. Very nice tutorial.

10.22.09

Great & simple tutorial, thank you very much!

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Great Effect and so simple, Thanks

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10.22.09

Nice Tutorial

10.22.09

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10.22.09

very good thanks

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10.22.09

Amazing tutorial, most of the things are explained extremely well. With some tutorials across the web you might as well just download some flame picture and cut the text in it but not this one! Great work!

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10.22.09

I’m having the same problem as a few other people. After I have the text effect set on all of the letters (which I had trouble with, eventually changed some of the settings in Blending Options) I cannot simply flatten one letter at a time. I cannot rasterize, and when I “Flatten Image”, all the layers are condensed into one layer, thus halting me from going any farther in the tutorial. Any help would be appreciated.

10.22.09

Hello,
I’ve got a problem…. I dont know how to do this step:

Using the Eraser tool with varying sizes and opacity fade off the top portion of each letter.

How can I set varying sizes and opacity fade??

Please mail me or leave me a message at my ICQ [245-368-002]
Thanks a lot.

10.22.09

Ah, my mail is “petr.knee@centrum.cz”. :)

10.22.09

Hey everyone, I’ve been working on a video tutorial so stay tuned. Subscribe to the RSS feed to stay in the loop. :) Keep commenting and participating and the content will continue to get better and better. Tell a friend!

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10.22.09

This is THE BEST text/fire tutorial out there. Not only is the effect superb, it’s very easy to do and easy to follow.

Even as a 10 year advanced PS user, about half of the tutorials out there that gave decent results did NOT give the results they were supposed to, usually due to important bits of information missing.

This tutorial delivers the goods! Thank you!

10.22.09

When I have cut up all the letters and starting to blend them, I only get a square… not the “K” itself… anyone knows what I am doing wrong?

nice tut :D

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Awesome tutorial, thanks guys – my graphic turned out great!

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10.22.09

Hi guys ! I have tryed to make this picture but i can`t do it. If is somebody who want to make me a picture like this with this text : MIHAI – like is KING and ALIN – like TUTZ . Please help me. Contact me at mihaibr_alin@yahoo.com if somebody offer to make me this.

Thank you and have a nice day !

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10.22.09

nice tut………

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10.22.09

Help please, I am up to the second picture on page2.
When I drag the selected fire image over to my text it stays gray (Even though I’ve selected green as instructed)

Any help please? Been good until then =x

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10.22.09

Nice typographical work dude…thanks for sharing…

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Nice Effects ! Thanks for step by step process.

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10.22.09

This tutorial is really useful. I can also use this to produce different photo. Thanks for sharing it.

thanks for this tutorial. very very cool. I have a couple of questions.
I seem to have the same problem with putting a box around a letter
and the effects covering it up completely. The effects come out ok
but the letter is the shape of the box. Also for the part where you
move the flame effect from the flame image to the letters image
has got me baffled. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks
again for this in depth tutorial.

10.22.09

wow, its very clear tutorial. thanks

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So realistic and so simple to do. Very nice tutorial.

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10.22.09

Wow, really nice tutorial :-) thanks for that.

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