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How to Create Powerful, Fiery Text in Photoshop!

teacher avatar Marty Geller, Blue Lightning TV Photoshop!

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    • 1. Fire Text CC 2017

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Photoshop CC 2017 tutorial showing how to create a powerful, fiery text effect ablaze with underside flames.

NOTE: This tutorial uses the Flame filter that was first introduced in version CC 2014.2. If you’re using earlier versions, you can still follow this tutorial up to the last step, at which time, we’ll add the flames using the Flame filter.  You can also use the flames image I provided.  Watch my old tutorial below to learn how to add flames.

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Marty Geller

Blue Lightning TV Photoshop!


Marty Geller, Founder and Director of Blue Lightning TV Photoshop, has had a long career providing on-air and print work for the television and entertainment industries. Clients have included NBC, ABC, CBS, VH-1, numerous advertising agencies, national magazines, recording labels and major book publishers. His television work includes "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Saturday Night Live", "Dateline NBC", "Today", VH-1 and Paramount Television. Marty has designed record album covers, book jacket covers and logos. His illustrations have appeared in "Psychology Today", "New York" and on theatrical posters that have appeared on Broadway and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.. Marty has received Emmy Awards for his work in television and numerous awards for his w... See full profile

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1. Fire Text CC 2017: Hi, this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I'm going to show you how to create a powerful, dark, fiery text effect of ablaze with flames from behind Before we begin. I want to point out that you can follow most of this tutorial if you're using Photoshopped version CS two or later. However, the last step requires version cc 2014.2 or later in order to use the flame filter. If you're using an earlier version and would still like to add flames, you can refer toa another tutorial. But I did, in which I used a photo of actual flames. I placed that tutorials link in my videos description as well as the link to the flame file . I'll be moving a bit faster for more advanced users. I provided this texture that you can download so you can follow along. It's link is located in my videos, description or project files below. You can also use your own texture if you like. Just make sure that its height is approximately 800 pixels and its resolution is 150 pixels per inch. In order to get similar results is mine. Unlock the background and make a copy of it by pressing control or command J. Hide the copy and make the bottom backgrounds active. Click the adjustment layer icon and click levels in the output highlight level field Type in 190. Click the new layer icon and change its blend mode to color. Click the foreground color to open the color picker in the Hexi decimal field. Type in F D. A. 212 then click OK or press enter or return. Open your brush tool and brush preset picker. Make the size 1100 pixels the hardness 0% and the opacity and flow 100%. Go to the center and click. Once make a new layer will fill it with black by pressing shift plus CF five key at the top of your keyboard toe. Open the fill window, open the contents list and click black. Open your eraser tool and the brush preset picker. Make it size 800 pixels and the hardness 0%. Go to the center and click once. Change its blend mode, toe overlay and reduce it's opacity to 70% to save space in the layers panel. Let's place all the layers that comprise the background into a folder. To do this, scroll to the bottom layer and shift. Click it to make it and all the layers in between active, then press control or command G. Let's name the folder background. Invert your foreground and background colors by pressing X on your keyboard. Open your type tool and pick a thick, heavy funt. I'm using Geo Man. See extra Bold. I provided its link. If you'd like to use it, I'll make it size 327 points. However, feel free to adjust the size, but keep in mind the finished result will look best of Your text is large. I'll make its alias ing sharp and the alignment centered. Click on your document and type out your text. To adjust the space between characters, click between them and press ault or option and the left or right arrow key on your keyboard. To center the text on your document, open your move to and press control or command a to select your canvas. Click the Align Horizontal Centers Icon and the Align Vertical Centers icon, then de select it by pressing control or command D. Next will convert text into a smart object so we can adjust the layer styles at any time, as well as replaced our text with another without having to redo the effects. Click the icon at the upper right of the layers panel and click convert to Smart Object. Make the texture visible and active. We're going to show the texture through our text by making it into a clipping mask. Press control all TGI on windows or command option G on a Mac. Make your text active and click the FX icon Click Drop Shadow. The blend mode is multiply, the color is black and the opacity is 90%. Check. Use global light. The angle is 100 30 degrees. The distance and size are 20 pixels, and the spread is zero. Click outer glow. The blend mode is color burn. The opacity is 15% and the color is black. The technique is softer, the spread is zero, the size is 50 pixels and the range is 50%. Click inner glow. The blend mode is color burn. The opacity is 30% and for the color pick a bright red. The source is edge. The choke is zero. The size is 20 pixels and the range is 50%. Click bevel, and in Boss, the style is inner bevel. The technique is chisel hard and the depth is 1000%. The direction is up. The size is eight pixels and soften it zero pixels. Global light is checked, the angle is 100 30 degrees and the altitude is 48 degrees. The highlight color is a bright orange. It's Hexi decimal numbers in the color picker window R F F A. 312 The highlight mode is screen, and the capacity is 100%. The shadow color is black, it's blend mode is multiply and its opacity is 85%. Click contour. Open the contour preset list and click the gear icon quick small list. I'm choosing sawtooth to, however, feel free to experiment with other contour presets. Since our text has some dimension, its texture should be slightly offset from the backgrounds. Texture. I'll shift. Click the texture to make it active as well. However, if you only want to enlarge the texture inside the text, make only the texture active. Open your transform tool by pressing control or command t go to a corner. And when you see a diagonal double arrow, press and hold ault or option plus shift as you drag the transforms bounding box out, then press, enter or return. Let's collapse the effects to safe space In the Layers panel, Click the Adjustment Layer icon and quick levels clip it to the texture by either pressing the same keystrokes as before or clicking the clipping mask icon in the input shadow field Type in 98 and in the Input Mitt tones type in 0.43. Next will make our overall image brighter by clicking the adjustment layer icon and clicking levels again. This time, we won't clip it because we wanted to affect all the layers in the Layers panel in the Input High Life field type in 1 54 The last step is to add flames, as I mentioned at the beginning of this tutorial will be using the flame filter, which was first introduced Inversion CC 2014.2. Next, we'll group all the layers that comprise our text into a folder with the top adjustment layer is still active. Shift, click your text and place all the active layers into a folder name it text. We'll make a new layer below the active layer by control, clicking or command clicking the new layer icon. Name it flames. Open your pen tool. I did an in depth tutorial on the pen tool, including how to make pants with it. If you're not familiar with using the pen tool, watch that tutorial. I provided its link as well. Choose Path on earlier versions of Photoshopped. The path icon is here will be drawing pants for each flame. Draw the path the a first flame. Go to filter, render and flame for the flame type. I'll be using one flame a long path. Since I prefer this flame type for this project, I'll make the wits 48. Since I want to use the normal default flame colors, I won't be customizing them for the quality. I'll choose fine, but know that the higher the quality, the longer it will take to render. Don't be concerned if the flame isn't the exact shape nor in the position you'd like will adjust it later. To make the next flame, make a new layer and open your pants panel. If you don't see it, go to window and pants. Press the delete key on your keyboard. To delete the path, open back the layers panel and draw another path along an edge of your text. Press control or command F To repeat the flame filter for this path, continue these steps and to give surrounded most of your text with flames. Make sure you delete the last work path and then group all the flame layers into a folder. Name it. Flames. Open the folder to reposition and or reshape each flame without having toe located in the folder. Open your move tool and check. Auto. Select. When you click on a flame, it activates it in your layers panel. Open your transform tool and at the top, click the warp icon. Drag the control points or a segment of the bounding box or an area within the mesh toe. Warp the flame, then press enter or return. Click on another flame to activate it and repeat the steps. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching