Design Magical Fire Energy Text Effect in Photoshop


In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Design this Magical Fire Energy Text Effect in Photoshop. This is a beginner tutorial and I will show how easy it is to create a great looking text effect in Photoshop in just a few steps. We will come across some paintings, layer blending, and image adjustments. Have a try!

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This inspiration of this tutorial comes from this artwork here.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

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:

Fire Texture

Step 1

Create a new document sized 700px * 1000px with black background, and use the gradient tool to fill background layer with the direction and colour shown below:

1 grad

We will be add some light over the background. To do so, draw a few dots as shown below on a new layer:

1 paint

Apply the following Motion Blur filter to this dot layer:

1 motion blur

Then, apply the Motion Blur filter again, but with a different Angle setting:

1 motion blur 2

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Use any font you want, type a letter on the canvas:

2 type

Apply the following layer blending options to this text layer:

Bevel and Emboss

2 bevel


2 contour


2 texture

Inner Shadow

2 inner

Gradient Overlay

2 grad

Use a red particle brush (this should come with Photoshop by default), paint some particles behind the text:

2 effect

Step 3

Now we can paint some lines around the text to act as energy from the text. I used a 2px, 85% hardness brush tool:

3 brush

Use a similar colour as the text, paint some lines around the text as shown below:

3 paint

Keep painting more lines, trying mixing the colours to add more variety for the text:

3 paint 2

Step 4

We will add some fire texture over the text. Load the fire texture into Photoshop and select a piece as shown below:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our text, and warp its shape the fit and letter, so it looks like it’s part of the text:

4 warp

Change the layer blending mode to “Screen” for this fire texture layer:

4 screen

Duplicate this fire texture layer, and use the liquify filter to warp this fire texture as shown below:

4 liq

Then duplicate the liquify fire layer a few more times, and attach them to different part of the text as shown below:

4 attach

Optionally, you can add some more fires around the text as shown below:

4 bg fire

That’s pretty much it for this tutorial!  If you’re happy with your own outcome, you can just leave at that.

I made a few colour adjustments afterwards, and here is my result: (click to enlarge)


Hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

  • Show Comments

  • do u have like a some way to make the lines with the brush in step 3 ?

  • Michelle

    For step 4 I would use a flame created in Flame Painter, it’s quicker.

  • Affan

    Hey which texture did u use in text???

  • SMG Designs

    Cool tutorial guys!

  • Ste

    How did u get sharp ends for brush strokes ?

  • Good tutorial
    I really thought those color choices worked really well.

  • I did not get to step 3, the brush was not as q indicated in the figure, should I use some effect??

  • Really vague tutorial. You should show the settings for the things you use.

  • awesome.
    i like this tutorial. thanks.

  • Alchco

    You smudge them

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