Blazing Fire Tutorial

Due to popular demand by the community, I am bringing my very first tutorial of 2014! Before I start, please keep in my that this post will focus on Photoshop (any version CS3+ is fine).

Step 1
Start off by creating a new document by going to File > New with the dimensions 500x250 (in pixels). Next, place your render of on your canvas wherever you want. Keep in mind that your render will be your focal point, so make sure it is right where you want it before moving to Step 2.

Step 2
Place a C4D or any texture behind your render. I will be using fire stocks and C4Ds from here on out. You can find some nice resources on Tumblr or Google Images.

Step 3
Add more textures and start blending your render with the rest of your signature. I duplicated my Helephant layer and set it to Color Dodge.

Step 4
Continue adding more textures until you are satisfied with the result and delete some unwanted parts of your signature using layer masks. I used a fire stock on the arm of my render, to make it look like it's ablaze. Don't worry about the colors now, we will work on them later on.

Step 5
Using a soft, dark brush, paint around your signature to add some depth. Next, add your text and using a yellow brush, create a new layer and paint over the eye of your render, and set it to Overlay or Color Dodge. Duplicate the layer for a better result. This can be done with any other color and blending modes, so don't be afraid to try.

Step 6
Now we'll be using adjustments to work on color and lighting. Use the Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, Vibrance, Curves, Exposure, Selective Color and Color Balance adjustments until you get a nice result. You don't have to use all of them, just see what works best with your image. I used the settings below:

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast, set Brightness to 20 and Contrast to 13. Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation and set Saturation to 11. Next, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance and set your Midtone values to +19, 0 and -6 (in this order). Feel free to repeat the Hue/Saturation step to give it an even more colorful look! Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and slightly push your curve above the line (Output: 150; Input: 140). Finally, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Exposure and set Exposure to 0,23.

Step 7
Lastly, go to Filter > Sharpen and use the sharpening option that best suits your personal taste. And you're done!

I will not include the resources (textures, stocks and C4Ds) used for this tutorial on purpose. It is not meant to be copied, but rather to stimulate your creativity and originality. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below. Happy Photoshopping!

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