In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Awesome Burning Flame Text Effect in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky, buy why not have a try!
Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)
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OK let’s get started!
To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:
Create a new document sized 800px * 1100px, fill the background with black colour. Use the Mist brushes to paint some fog/mist on the background layer: (adjust the opacity and flow of the brushes to be around 40%)
Then create a new layer, use the cloud brush to paint a piece of cloud, compress it down as shown below:
Then paint some more cloud on the same layer in conjunction with the first piece:
Use the font you downloaded, type a letter in the center of the canvas:
Load the “Rock” stock image into Photoshop, use the quick selection with the following settings, select a piece of rock from the image:
Copy and paste the select onto our image, follow the shape of the letter you typed, also erase the edges of the rock with a soft eraser, as shown below:
Repeat this step and select some more rocks, copy and paste them onto the image, until the letter is all covered:
Hide the original letter layer, and you will have the following effect:
To add a bit of depth on the image, we can use a black brush to paint some shadow under the letter:
Load the Fire stock image into Photoshop, use the Lasso Tool with 50px feather to select the following portion:
Copy and paste the selection onto our image, place it onto top of the letter, reduce its size to fit: (also change the layer blending mode of this fire layer to “Screen”)
Use a soft eraser to erase the edges of the fire a little:
Duplicate this fire layer once, resize and rotate the duplicated layer, position it as shown below:
Made another two duplicates of the fire layer, rotate and resize each duplicated layer to create a splashing effect, as shown below:
Now we have pretty much done with the overall effect. Let’s add the following two image adjustment layers to fine-tune the effect a bit:
Mask on levels adjustment layer:
Mask on curves adjustment layer:
As you can see, the fire effect looks more vibrant and bright then before, after we applied those two adjustment layer:
We’re almost done! Lastly I added one color balance adjustment layer to make the overall environment warmer a bit:
After you’re happy with the colours, flatten the image, and apply the following smart sharpen filter: (this will help bring out some more details of the rock and fire)
and here is the final effect for this tutorial:
That’s it! I hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!