Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Water Spirit - Drawing Fire


First, we have to chose a photo for our future work. I've picked one from sxc.hu and You can download it from this url http://www.sxc.hu/photo/891765 (You have to register first - it's FREE and realy worth of it). When You open Your photo in Photoshop make first step: Image -> Adjustments -> Desaturate (Shift + Ctrl + U). That will be our base image (I'll resize it to 450x600 px for presentation - You may work with larger image if You want or just use this bellow if You don't want to register on sxc.hu).


Hands


Now we will add a Adjustment Layer called Levels. Hold Alt Key, and click on Adjustments Layer button on Layers Palette. Select Levels. Make Sure that Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask is sellected. Then just slide dark arrow a little right.


Levels


As You can see - image is a little darker now. Now we will draw some fire. Make New Layer, select soft brush of the size You will choise, and using dark orange colour (for example #993300) make a "dot". Next use a smaller size with lighter colour (like #ff9933) make another dot. Again, smaller size, lighter colour (for example #ffcc66), and last time, smaller size, lighter colour (#ffff66) and dot.


Fire dot

Now it's time for a little "magic". Use Smudge Tool (R). Pick small, soft size, and make "fire tongues". Just click somewhere inside our dot, click, hold and drag it up. After first move You will know what I'm meaning. Try untill You will be satisfied. Remember that You may change the Strenght parameter. You will use Alt + Ctrl + Z combination lot of times!


Fireball


Now lets make this fire more realistic by adding some light on hands. Go to Quick Mask Mode (Q), select big, soft brush, and "draw" there, where You think that the light should appear.


Quick Mask

Leave Quick Mask Mode (Q), You will see a sellection. We have to inverse it by Select -> Inverse (Shift + Ctrl + I). Select our Hands Layer, and holding the Alt key add another Adjustment Layer called Color Balance (Use Previous Layer... should be sellected)

Color Balance


Now select our Color Balance Adjustment Layer Mask, and using black soft brush "erase" some lights, and using white - add some lights until You will feel that it looks good.


Lights


Next thing will be smal sparks. We have to prepare brush for this operation.

Brush

With those settings draw some sparks over our fire (on New Layer). Lower the Opacity of this layer (in my case it is 64%). Use orange colour picked from our fireball (just improvise).


Sparks


Change again to regular soft brush, use #ffffcc colour (or similar light yellow), select our fireball layer, and make a bright dot inside of it (just for better effect).

My final result:

Final result

13 comments:

Harimau-Menaip said...

Thanks for being my right wing (Terima kasih kerana menjadi Sayap Kanan)

Salam Persahabatan!

Shitsurei shimashita said...

thanks a lot coz give an graphic tutorial through blog.
I will practice as much as I could. (still new maaa)

Doomo arigatoo gozaimasu.

ayang's said...

thanks for that info.. i'll make sure i'll practice it.... but.. slowly...(new like Shitsurei shimashita )

amoi said...

kewl

alif-mikail said...

good one!

mat said...

thanks for that info..
nanti saya cuba buat..

cool style graphics said...

to Harimau-Menaip

sama2... hehehe... jd sayap kanan...

cool style graphics said...

to Shitsurei shimashita , ayang's , amoi , alif-mikail and mat

sama2... sy hanya nk berkongsi ilmu... apew yg sy tau... dgn smua...

thanz... visit my blog...

AcHiKa said...

hi nur~~ just now i was following ur tutorial and luckily i got a nice result of editing~~ ehehe..tq for ur tutorial.. (^_^)v

cool style graphics said...

to achika

hi... realy... good... i hope 2... wlcome... hehehe...

waniey said...

uh..hebatnye anda...!
salute same kamu..!=)

Nazz said...

Hey.. nice entry and thanks sudi utk berkongsi ilmu...

Salam kenal yer...

ARC said...

huhu nur..dah paham dah tp sampai part percikan2 api tu dah xtaw dah..cmne nak set brush tu

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