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How to start a fire with Paint.NET

Tom Jackson

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Paint.NET has a new effect called "Clouds", which makes very nice looking fractal perlin noise. I've found that it's quite neat to use this to create fiery effects like this:



It's pretty simple:

Make a new image with dimensions 1000x500
Draw a gradient like so (with white at the bottom and black at the top):
Make a new layer.
Double-click Layer 2 to edit its properties
Set the Blending Mode to 'Overlay', then hit OK.

Go to the 'Effects --> Render' menu and choose 'Clouds'. Change the blending mode to 'Difference', then hit OK.


Push CTRL+F to repeat the effect. Do this about a dozen times.


On the 'Image' menu, choose 'Flatten'. This will give you a single layer with some nice black-and-white clouds.
On the 'Adjustments' menu, choose 'Curves...'.
Choose 'RGB' under 'Transfer map', then uncheck the 'Red' and 'Green' checkboxes so you're only modifying the blue channel, add a control point as shown below. Do the same for the green channel so you have the curves shown below.

Other things to try:

  • Use different shapes for the Layer 1 Gradient. Round gradients make neat looking explosions
  • Tweak with the Curves, the general shape of them should be preserved to keep good saturation, but the channels don't need to go in the above order. Try Green, Red, Blue (instead of Red, Green, Blue) for a copper flame (copper burns green).
  • Play with the 'scale' setting of Clouds for finer or Coarser clouds
  • Play with the Roughness setting for clouds for softer or sharper fire
  • Just try things out, you never know what you'll get. :)

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:shock: I do not have that cloud effetct.... I got another one, thats explains why i didnt make it...

I only got this: http://paintdotnet.12.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=2105

I reinstalled paint.net than the effect came :lol:

In Paint.NET go to "Help" > "check for updates"

A new clouds plugin will be added.

Instead of reinstalling :)


A VERY cool tutorial!!!

I'm going to post my attempts in a bit, after I make em :)


ok, here they are:


Fire w/ added motion blur


Explosion w/ added guassian blur

* Blurs were added in a copied layer, then changed to "lighten" blending mode.


Just one question... what's QED?

And, I was trying to figure out how he did the Paint.NET text, and I think I'm on to something. Made this by increasing the contrast, might explain the outside of his letters.

Contrast Fire

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Just one question... what's QED?


It basically means, "I just proved beyond doubt that I'm right." Us college educated nerds use it as slang to replace such things as "I win!," or "Voila!", or other various phrases expressing confidence of awesomeness.

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My guess on fiery text effect:

1. Make the fire effect.


2. Add New Layer with a black (or other color) background.

3. Double Click this new layer and change it's mode to: multiply

3. Type in text with your primary color: white


4. Any effects can add

(Here is glow)


"By trying to reinvent the wheel every time we find very often with square wheels" ...X-blaster

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