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Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

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Old 11-29-2008, 05:34 PM
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Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

This guy is a master. Would love any tips on how to achieve flames like this...

http://modelmayhem.com/pic.php?pid=9418416]
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:33 PM
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Re: Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

Hello all! my first post so be nice ;-)

I will assume that you know a thing or 2 about PS if not yell at me and i will explain in greater detail. Im cooking dinner as i type and i don't have much time to elaborate. Don't want to burn the chicken!

This is the way i would do it:

1. take a ton of shots of smoke with a black background (a lot so get a good bunch to choose from). back light for best results but watch for lens flare. I light a cigarette and clamp it to a stand. (Don't smoke kids! It's bad for you)

2. convert image to grayscale in PS Image>Mode>Grayscale

3. go to the channels menu and observe the magic that you have created. Now this is where you have some choices. Im only going to spit out the one i would use but feel free to play you may find out something new and fun of your own (how i figured this out actually).

First you go to your smoke image and on that channel select all and copy. Now open up your target image (where you want your effect to end up) and open up the channels box create a new channel and paste what you've grabbed from the other image into it. Immediately after do a free transform and size it to roughly where you want it.

4. Now for getting it into the image. Command click (whatever click for windows) the channel and BINGO you have a pretty selection including some sexy transparency levels you could never paint by hand.

5. Make sure you turn the proper channels back on and switch over to your layers box.

6. make a new layer, pick a flamin HOT color and fill your selection with that color.

HINT: you can also use the solid color option and the new channel as a mask for that layer for more color flexibility.

Hope that helps!
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:46 PM
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Re: Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

Great tips and pretty cool. I'll try it. The only thing I'm not clear on is how, with this method, you get the different hues that occur in real flames in the right places (the way his do)... is this something you'd still have to carefully paint in by hand? Or is there an easy way to do that with this technique?

*Edit - Never mind. I guess I didn't read the last part well.

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Old 11-29-2008, 06:51 PM
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Re: Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

Ok wow. I tried using the smoke brushes I already had with an orange and yellow gradient and it works perfectly. I never would have thought of using smoke! Although the gradient is not perfect so taking more time on the color layer will give me better results. Thanks!
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:56 PM
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Re: Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

Try and fill with one color and contract the selection a few px (Select>Modify>contract) and fill with a slightly different color.

I guess that's where the artsy part comes in handy. The rest should be a few different layers of flaming happiness and a bit of masking or erasing to get the right look that you want. I've also used something like this to look like silks flying in the wind. It's all about having a bunch of different smoke shots to pick from and the rest is up to the color that you make it.
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:11 AM
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Re: Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

Chaotic Fire Flames (the Cloud/Smoke And Gradient method)

After mastering the above learn a better way to make the smoke /flames look more real.. Smoking Gun

A set of Photoshop & GIMP flame shaped brushes .

Playing with Fire

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Old 12-16-2008, 12:11 PM
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Re: Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

hey baldy those brushes are sweet! thanks
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:45 PM
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Re: Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

Several years ago I needed some flames for a project I was working on. So I set up a black velvet background behind my barbecue, placed a piece of wood in it, sprayed on some lighter fluid, lit it and then shot away.

This gave me a series of flames against black which were then really easy to mask out. And they worked great, too!
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:58 AM
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Re: Freakin' Awesome Flames - How do I do this?

really easy - Iv done the same thing in the past on a flaiming football job.

Simply shoot flame on against a black background
Take the shot into photoshop and change the blend mode to "screen"

Job done
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