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Creating Realistic Flames by redheadstock Creating Realistic Flames by redheadstock
The flames brush set has always been one of my most popular sets. I’ve seen some people do amazing things with it.

Similarly, one of my most popular questions is: “How do you make your flames brushes look like they do in your preview?”

Well, not only do I give you an in-depth tutorial as an answer, but I am also providing a tool to help make it even easier to achieve those realistic flames looks that you desire. Patterns!

I can't upload those patterns here to deviantArt, however, because they are HUGE, high-resolution images (that are completely seamless, btw). So, here's the links to the items that you'll need to follow along with this tutorial.

* Flames Brushes
* Flames Patterns

The flames brushes are the same ones that are up here on deviantArt, if you'd rather grab them here (or already have them).

Hope this helps, and enjoy!
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COELEBORN Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely AWESOME!!! Now, I can create my own flames for my multi-color dragon, instead of using the stock background I've been using! Thanks so much for sharing these assets!
xXTsumoriXx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I added the patterns to the layer effects in my photoshop elements 7 folder, but when I open it, they're not in the effects panel no matter what I try to do.
Residenteebles Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much for this tutorial, flames are always what i have had trouble with and this has helped me a great deal thank you :heart: :hug:
XDarkAngelKayeX Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
I cant wait to try this out!  My flames never looked realistic LOL. Thank you :) 
NightTeaChoclate Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
This has helped me out so much. I can't wait to get it down.
SAJAC Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I get as far as adding the pattern... then it takes up the whole thing... how do I fix it?
Phaedris Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks, this is quite a tutorial! :deviation: I used it here [link] :la:
Bogii99 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
This was amazingly helpful. Thanks!!!
Obsolete-Orange Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im wondering
i got as far as getting the pattern on, but when i do, its justs takes up the entire canvas
how did you get the pattern to stay inside the flames?
im so confused
TheWiking2000 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Great stuff. Thanks!
SilverC Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Used here [link] Thank you very much!
drugivian Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
This is a very nice tutorial.
I was wondering ...since i love your tutorial so much i was
wondering if you can register on my site (Forum) and Post this tutorial in
the tutorial section of my forum located in the Graphics Area..
I would really appreciate it if you do.

You can check out the site here:
NorwegianBadger Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This was very helpful! :) Thanks a bunch for making it:D
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011   General Artist
Thank you very much for sharing :iconburningplz:
Natmonkey Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful tutorial. I used it, and the corresponding brushes & patterns here: [link] Thank you.
BlueHorses Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
thanks! my fire element will be soooo much easier now!!!!!

:hug: X 10,000
Zena-snowwolf182 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Eikcin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS SOOOO MUCH!!!! This REALLY helped me out!!! I can't explain how much so! <3
CitizenOfZozo-art Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Thanks so much for sharing these, the brushes were a great help. Just wanted to let you know, I used the brushes, with a lot of tweaking, in this image.
AngelMwila Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
thank u! thank u! thank u! thank u!!
1993hpw Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Ok so I tried using this, but got stuck at the pattern overlay part... :( even after I do all the steps right, nothing shows up when I click "ok".. any suggestions?
SaoirseRanekaera Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But I don't use photoshop.... hrrm.... I'll finangle it somehow.... I'm not a professional or anything
Crazymeau Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tute and fantastic brushes/patterns. I used them here: :thumb183621265:
Crazymeau Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that didn't work, here's the link lol [link]
ForgeInFlames Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student General Artist
I used it here [link]
Vaxtin-DarkWolf Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
omg.. Even with my connection.. 1 hour and 30 minutes for 20 effects? What the hell is in these things. T^T
The-Writer0 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010   Digital Artist
Can this work in GIMP?
Knobcreek06 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
It's not done yet, but this is what I got so far.

MissLula Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
love these....thank you. My render of Nevare was done with this.
bkozz Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
awsome tool, huge thanks for the gr8 work you have done!
bumblebeelover09 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet tutorial! does someone do this in Photoshop Elements 8?^^;
SLYKM Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah...thank you so much...XD XD
Bloom-Flakes Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Incredible, Incredible, Incredible. Will come in handy in the future!! Thanks so much!
IsisAndTheNight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So how would one add a layer style into photoshop elements 8? I can't find the button anywhere :S
Elle-Arden Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, this is awesome! I used this technique here: [link]
remizia Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
thank youu!
A-VeyZ Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
These are 100% wicked awesome.

This is a stupid question. I know how to download it easily enough. But how do you get it to work in you photoshop once its downloaded? I downloaded Light beams from another artist, but I don't know how to get it into my photoshop. Follow me?
ForeverTruth Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is there anyway possible u could do a step by step instruction for Gimp?
lillybat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Thank you soooooo much!!!! :hug:
Werevampiwolf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
this is cool!

how do you save something as an ABR?
LukeHSmith Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Im just a beginner at this stuff , but in these days of "whats in it for me" its refreshing to see such generosity. Not only giving the brushes/patterns away but explaining the best way to use em.....well done from you..and thanks...
Scarlet-x-Carson Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
oh, wait, i found it ^-^' great tutorial btw :B
Scarlet-x-Carson Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
does this also works for photoshop elements? beceause i don't have an ad a layer style button,... I do have the other icons,... i'm not used to photoshop yet, so i don't realy know how everything works,..
Catskills Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Student General Artist
Pardon me, but you stole this tutorial from . Verbatim... and you gave no credit. Ehem, plagiarism!!
Morsuku Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Student Photographer
thats her website einstein
Emo-Royea Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009   Digital Artist
That's her website.
Olku-san Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Emm... is her [*redheadstock's] website... |D
IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow, this is awesome.
AkeAkatsuki Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
This helped a lot!
dyramisty Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Student Photographer
Hey thanks for this tut i used it and gave my own spin to it ..check it out if you want to : [link]
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