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Manip Academy #10: Blending Fire

Mon Apr 25, 2016, 8:29 AM

There is an easy, fast way to blend fire into any scene. This won't work in some cases but on average is a nice method to make a basic and realistic blending. Here, we will create a body out of fire. This is our base composition:

Suspense1 by Aegis-Illustration


What you need to do is to place your favorite fire photos (preferably on dark/black backgrounds) on Screen blending mode. At first sight there's something missing, and that is the dark areas of the fire, which are muted due to our blending mode.


Suspense2 by Aegis-Illustration


Create a new layer between the fire layers and your subject and use the Brush tool with medium Opacity and Flow and black color (a dark brown/orange might work as well, depending on your background and color settings) to bring back the dark parts of the fire. Use the Eraser to get rid of any strokes that go beyond the fire itself. A pen tablet is highly recommended to make this process more accurate.


Suspense3 by Aegis-Illustration


Create another layer, pick an orange tone of your choice, similar to the midtones of the fire, and create a radial foreground to transparent gradient, parting from the center of the fire to the opposite corner, and then use again Soft Light to tint your new lighting.


Suspense4 by Aegis-Illustration


Don’t forget to paint the light reflections on the model as well as adding sparks, particles, and other cool stuff that will bring our fire to life. Again, it will be easier if you have them photographed on dark background to use the Screen blending mode. This could be our final result:


Suspense by Aegis-Illustration


Obviously, you can go further with this process, which may vary depending on your image settings! Have fun experimenting!



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Poglazovs Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Black-B-o-x Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
Great! :heart:
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Mocris Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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phantomstockps Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
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Aegis-Illustration Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
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phantomstockps Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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SummerDreams-Art Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing such wonderful tips! Very well written!:heart:
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Aegis-Illustration Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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SummerDreams-Art Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You are welcome!:heart: 
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Love-and-Blades Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Some great tips here. Thanks you for the tutorial, very well-written and very informative.
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Aegis-Illustration Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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LoloAgain Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
Thank you for taking the time to do this tutorial. Very quick, very clear. :) (Smile) 
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Aegis-Illustration Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it helps! Cheers! :D
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ArkhamKane Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial. Really quick and easy. 

Here is something I made that is a little more involved.

It was broken up into three steps.


Step 1 by LoganKaneFX  

Step 2 by LoganKaneFX  

Final Step by LoganKaneFX  


I wouldn't mind comments...

Thanks
Logan
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Aegis-Illustration Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Great work, keep it up! 
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ArkhamKane Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.
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marphilhearts Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good article. Blending fire has been a tough concept for me. This really helps so much!
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Aegis-Illustration Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it serves you well, thanks!
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Thystyn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you, this is good.
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Aegis-Illustration Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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FrostAlexis Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really cool! ...I mean hot!I'm on fire! 
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Aegis-Illustration Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Don't get burn! :D
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FrostAlexis Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too late! Fire 
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