In this tutorial, I will show you how you can create awesome Fire Particle Effect in Photoshop, which you can use in a wide range of occasions.
Along the way, we will go through a variety of Photoshop features such as free transform, brush options, adjustment layers, and a number of filters.
Here is a preview of the final effect we will be aiming to achieve: (click to enlarge)
No Stock Image is required for this tutorial.
OK let’s get started!
Create a new document size 200px * 200px, fill the background with black colour. We will use this document to define a simple brush.
Make a new layer on top of the background layer, press “B” to select the brush tool, choose a soft round brush with 0% hardness, choose a foreground colour close to white:
Grab a soft round brush and do a single click to the position shown below:
Right-click and choose “Distort”, drag the top right corner 45 degree upwards, as shown below:
Hit “Enter” key to apply the change, then hit Ctrl + T, right-click and choose “distort”, repeat the above step:
and here is effect you will have:
Now make the background layer transparent:
Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset:
Give your brush a name, and press “OK”:
You will see the brush appears on the brush pane:
Now press F5 to bring up the brush windows, apply the following settings:
Now we complete the brush making process, it’s time to put it into action.
Create a new document and fill its background with black colour.
Use this brush we made, paint some random patterns on the canvas, don’t worry if it appears a bit dark right now, we can adjust it later:
Now we can apply some image adjustments onto the image to tune up the effect. You can find those adjustment layer options under Layer > New Adjustment Layer:
Add the following 3 adjustment layers:
Hue and Saturation
Optionally, you can also add some small dots round the canvas, make sure you create a new layer under those adjustment layers:
and here is the effect so far:
Now we can spice up the effect by adding some blur into the image. Flatten the image, duplicate the background layer once, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and apply the following settings:
Change the blending mode of this layer to “Screen” and reduce the layer opacity to 40%, you will have the following blurring effect:
and here is the final effect: (click to enlarge)
That’s it for this mini Photoshop tutorial! Hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it useful :)
Till next time, have a great day!