Here it is, the long awaited Custom Flames Tutorial!
You will need:
A Camera (any kind will do)
A Black Background
Custom Brushes Mini (Plugin)
Grim Color Reaper (Plugin)
You done? Good cause it’s time to light the incense.
Set up your black cloth against a wall or backboard etc. Light your candle and let it burn for a minute. Grab your camera and be sure to have a light to catch the smoke while keeping the background as dark as possible (this helps contrast the smoke from the background). Note: If you can set your camera to burst then do so.
Blow out the candle and snap your shots making sure to get close up and distanced pictures. Take your shots of the smoke right above the wick and farther up too so your images vary.
When you feel you’ve gotten enough photos (or your spouse/parents have had it with you stinking up the house), upload them to your computer and put them in Paint.net.
Go to Adjustments> Black & White to rid the images of any unwanted color. Go to Adjustments> Levels, and tweak it so the background is as dark as you can get it while maintaining your smoke clarity (the settings vary). Next Press “Ctrl+Shift+i” to invert the colors. Now that your smoke is black and grey and your background is white, go to Effects> Colors> Grim Color Reaper, Set “What color?” to white and leave everything else default. Now the background should be transparent (checkered).
Then go to Adjustments> Brightness/Contrast and make the smoke darker.
Finally, go to Effects> Reduce Noise and put both sliders completely to the right.
There isn’t that better!
Save your image as a PNG in a Custom Brushes folder. (be sure to leave the background un checked so you can see the checkered pattern or it will not save transparent)
Open New. Add Layer. With Layer 2 selected Go to Effects> Tools> Custom Brushes Mini.
Locate the brush(es) you wish to use and select your desired brush size. Place them where you want and click OK.
Now it’s quite probable that the smoke creates an ugly straight edge. Just use the Gradient Tool set to Radial, Transparency, and Blend. Then use the Gradient to remove the straight edge and make it smooth.
Press Ctrl+Shift+i once on Layer 2 and again on Background. Merge the 2 layers together.
Use Effects> Photo> Glow on these settings (Radius: 0, Brightness: 0, Contrast: 8)
Go to Effects> Render> Flames, and set the Sliders to your tastes.
Lastly, Add a new layer, put it below the flame layer, make it black, and Use Grim Color Reaper on your flame layer to remove the black.
Now adjust as you see fit.
Ta-Da! You’re Done!
I would love to see your outcomes!
Edited by NinjaManDan21, 08 February 2013 - 02:05 AM.