Special Effects – Painting Fire

Posted on 2012/04/26 at 23:39 by daarken 27 Comments

In this tutorial Daarken shows you an easy way to paint fire using gradient maps. A big thanks goes out to Steve Argyle for this awesome technique.

27 Comments on "Special Effects – Painting Fire"

  1. Carlos Arthur · 2012/04/27 at 00:59 · Reply

    I Saw the trick on Final Charge, is very usefull.. thanks a lot :)

  2. Steffen · 2012/04/27 at 04:22 · Reply

    When you liquify and have troubles seeing what you did, try using the bottom option: Show Backdrop, and then change the mode menue. You should see your Background, too.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Jagoda · 2012/04/27 at 04:25 · Reply

    Hell yes! Thank You so much for this, Daarken You’re a god! :D

  4. Judy · 2012/04/27 at 12:17 · Reply

    I really love this fire effect, nice and easy to make. Thanks!!!

  5. deburger · 2012/04/28 at 07:42 · Reply

    really nice trick, thanks!

  6. Trace007 · 2012/04/28 at 11:22 · Reply

    Sweet. Steve Argyle rocks!

  7. puppetvector · 2012/04/29 at 06:02 · Reply

    supper usefull, thanks daarken!

  8. Konky · 2012/04/30 at 04:26 · Reply

    AMAZING trick.. ive been struggling with creating fire alot.. i even think the whole ” liquify ” tip will help me a ton… thanks!

  9. Dave · 2012/05/01 at 06:39 · Reply

    is it possible for you to post the fire gradient?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/05/01 at 09:16 · Reply

      It is extremely easy to make. Just go from black to orange to yellow. It only takes a few seconds.

    • Thomas · 2012/05/07 at 06:28 · Reply

      You could try using:
      #000000 -> #d37140 -> #f6ce78

      This should give you a decent fire-gradient.

      • Dave · 2012/05/09 at 13:39 · Reply

        Thanks guys, the problem I was having was not understanding how to use 3 colors. Thanks for the info Tom

  10. Dustin Burdick · 2012/05/01 at 19:19 · Reply

    cool stuff. I saw you explain this in one of your big tutorials but I understand it a lot better after this video. thanks!

  11. Swissmountain · 2012/05/05 at 13:11 · Reply

    Very nice tutorial Daarken, thank you very much!

  12. LSWKiller · 2012/06/13 at 10:57 · Reply

    where did u get the cloud custom paint?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/13 at 10:59 · Reply

      You can download my brushes from the media section.

  13. Diego de Almeida · 2012/07/16 at 18:08 · Reply

    Great!! Thanks for share with us Daarken

  14. Jarrett Onions · 2012/08/04 at 11:44 · Reply

    wow.. awesome.. ive never really learnt how to use gradient maps, i had no idea how or what they were used for but this looks really usefull. there are so many uses running through my head right now. ive always used colour or ovelay or something but then it looks flat because its monochromatic. i like this because you get the variation between the slightly cooler tinted shadows and warmer highlights.. thanks for the PS level up :D haha youre awesome daarken

  15. Xin · 2012/09/28 at 02:11 · Reply

    I don’t understand the black layer,because i let it average opacity of 0% that the effect work but 100% not work

  16. Syd · 2012/12/07 at 21:22 · Reply

    Thank you very much! You don’t know how much I appreciate this.

  17. mulchfud · 2013/01/15 at 14:09 · Reply

    I can’t get this to work. I try to follow the steps to the letter, but the gradient map floods the canvas with colour no matter what I do. Are there any common mistakes I might be doing here?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/01/15 at 19:27 · Reply

      One end of the gradient has to go to pure black.

      • mulchfud · 2013/01/16 at 04:44 · Reply

        Right, apparently I just haven’t grasped how gradient maps work. Still struggling with it, but I’ll get there in the end, once I figure out where the pure black goes. Something to do with those sliders… Thanks for the quick response!

  18. Naomi · 2013/05/10 at 23:18 · Reply

    Thanks so much for these tutorials. I have a really hard time with these glow effects and you make them look so easy. I am going to try it out and see if I can get a good result.

  19. lord_destroyer · 2013/05/27 at 02:27 · Reply

    Title of this tutorial reminds me a title of documentary about life of Frank Frazetta – “Painting with Fire” :)

  20. Chad · 2013/06/15 at 21:00 · Reply

    Hi Daarken,

    Awesome tutorial mate, but i have a little problem with the black layer.

    When i set the group to screen and then fill the bottom layer with black, it gives my entire image a lighter look which i don’t want. Am i doing something wrong?
    The effects work fine, i just don’t want my whole picture to be lighter when i want to add these effects.



    • Chad · 2013/06/15 at 21:27 · Reply

      Never mind, i figured it out (at least i think i did)

      I’m using CS6 and if i don’t add the black layer but simply add one layer and then the gradient map, i get the same effects without making my whole image lighter :)

      Thanks again for the tutorial, love it!

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