Manip Academy #10: Blending Fire

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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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phantomstockps's avatar
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
SummerDreams-Art's avatar
Thank you for sharing such wonderful tips! Very well written!:heart:
SummerDreams-Art's avatar
You are welcome!:heart: 
Love-and-Blades's avatar
Some great tips here. Thanks you for the tutorial, very well-written and very informative.
LoloAgain's avatar
Thank you for taking the time to do this tutorial. Very quick, very clear. :) (Smile) 
Aegis-Illustration's avatar
I'm glad it helps! Cheers! :D
ArkhamKane's avatar
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...

Aegis-Illustration's avatar
Great work, keep it up! 
ArkhamKane's avatar
Thank you very much.
marphilhearts's avatar
Very good article. Blending fire has been a tough concept for me. This really helps so much!
Aegis-Illustration's avatar
I'm glad it serves you well, thanks!
Thystyn's avatar
thank you, this is good.
FrostAlexis's avatar
Really cool! ...I mean hot!I'm on fire! 
Aegis-Illustration's avatar
Thanks! Don't get burn! :D
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