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Create a candle in Photoshop. Flame filter Advanced Settings.

In today’s video we are going to create a candle using the flame tool advanced settings. Also, together we shall explore the advanced settings in the following steps:

  • Create a path
  • Explore the advanced setting using the one flame along the path
    • Turbulent
    • Jag
    • Opacity
    • Flame Lines (Complexity)
    • Flame Bottom Alignment
    • Flame Shape
    • Randomize Vs Arrangement
  • Apply to Different Flame Types:
    • Candle
    • Multiple Flames Along Path
    • Multiple Flames One Direction
    • Multiple Flames Path Directed
    • Multiple Flames Various Angle
  • Rotate The flame
  • Add candle Base
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Step 1, Create a path to apply Flame Filter to it

  • Create a new File 1000pxX1000px 72 px/inch resolution
  • ctrl+0 to zoom in to the screen
  • ctrl+shift+n to create a new layer
  • Use the Pen tool pen tool to add a straight path, make sure path is selected from the top tool bar path selection top bar
  • Click enter and add a curved path using the curved pen tool curved pen tool
Post 32 - path

Step 2, Explore the advanced setting using the one flame along the path

  • To add a Flame menu>Filter>Render>Flame
    1. Select Flame Type 1. One Flame Along the path
    2. You have one option available from the settings which is the width, keep to 25
    3. Then Click Advanced
Post 32 - {flame Basic settings
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  • Those setting are the guidance for the flame generator algorithm in Adobe
    We shall start with the following settings:
  • Turbulence = 0
  • Jag = 0
  • Opacity 50%
  • Flame Lines (Complexity) = 2
  • Flame Bottom Alignment = 0
  • Flame Style = 1. Normal
  • Flame Shape = 1. Parallel
  • Deselect Random Shapes
  • Arrangement 1
    Then in the coming section we shall explain them one by one
Post 32 - flame advanced settings settings

It makes the flame spin around its access whether straight or curved,

Change its setting to 100. Compare it to the original flame in the previous point

Post 32 - Turbulence 100


Jag is a sharp projection on an edge or surface.

Change its setting to 100. Watch the sharp edges. It is as wrinkled.

Post 32 - Jag 100

It increases or decreases the brightness of the. flame. at zero (0) it will disappear

Change its setting to 100 Its core will blend and tend to whiten as strong fire

Post 32 - Opacity 100
Flame Lines (Complexity)

It determines the number of flames blended to form the one flame

Change its setting to 6 Return Opacity to 50, Jag to 0 and Turbulence to 0

Post 32 - Flame Lines or Complexity 6
For Curved Path, The Flame lines are to the depth and not flat

Flame Bottom Alignment

It describes the.starting point of each of the flame lines. Zero nearby

Change its setting to 100. Watch the bottom of the straight flame.

Post 32 - bottom align 100
Algorithm work differently on curved path
Random Shapes / Arrangement

Either to select Random Shapes or You set the Arrangement value. Both will generate different flame look each time for multiple flames.filter types in basic

Post 32 - Arrangement 50
Here Arrangement setting is 50, Try to select Random.
Flame Shape,

It has 5 selections to demonstrate them, First, return Flame Lines to 2 and Bottom Align to zero (0)

Post 32 - Flame Shape 1 parallel
The 2 Flame Lines Are Parallel
2.To The Center
Post 32 - Flame Shape 2-To the Center
It converges toward the center from bottom of the flames
3. Spread
Post 32 - Flame Shape 3 spread
The 2 Flame Lines Diverge from the flame Bottom
4. Oval
Post 32 - Flame Shape 4 ova;
The 2 Flame Lines Diverge from the flame middle
5. Pointing
Post 32 - Flame Shape 5 Pointing
It converges more to a point from bottom of the flames

Step 3, Apply to Different flame types

  1. We shall start from the last advanced setting we had reached
    • Turbulence=0, Jog=0, Opacity=50, Flame Lines=2, Bottom Align=0, Flame Shape Pointing
  2. Then we shall Select the Basic Settings Tap
  3. Select Flame type 2. Multiple Flames along the path, with settings:
    • length 100, Width 25, Interval 100, Result in Figure 3-1
  4. Other Flame Types will be demonstrated in the below section, angle will be set to 90 degrees
Post 32 - Flame Type 2
Figure 3-1
3. Multiple Flames One Direction
ost 32 - Flame Type 3
4. Multiple Flames Path Direction
Post 32 - Flame Type 4
5. Multiple Flames Various Directions
Post 32 - Flame Type 5
6. Candle Light
Post 32 - Flame Type 6

Step 4, Rotate The flame

  • Now from the last setting in Step 3, we had generated a flame light but it looks inverted.
  • To turn it we need first to convert it to a shape not path
    • Click on the pen tool pen tool then from the top tool bar select shape instead of path Shape top bar
  • Now the path are shapes and you can deal with them freely
  • click ctrl+t and change angle from the top tool bar to 180 degree or click v and rotate the shape borders from one of the corners
flames with path lines
Flames in path form
flames path to shapes
flames converted path to shapes and rotated

Step 5, Add Candle base

  • Now use the object selection tool object-selection-tool and select one of the flames. then ctrl+j to move it to a new layer and hide the layer with the 2 flames by clicking the eye beside the layer eye-layer
  • Add a line from the line tool line tool from the top tool bar adjust fill and stroke to black and line weight to 12 (those numbers are relative to the canvas and flame size we had used)
  • Draw a line about 50 pixels, half of it is on the flame
  • Drag the flame layer above the line layer
  • use the eraser with opacity 20% to clear a shadow of the line behind the flame See figure 5-1
  • Then add a candle base
    • Draw an ellipse and duplicate it (right click on layer or ctrl+C then ctrl+v)
    • Draw a rectangle of same width as the ellipse
    • Select the flame, wick, 2 ellipses and rectangle and center them horizontally from the top tool bar
    • As in Figure 5-2
    • Select a grey fill and gradient stroke for the ellipses and the rectangle
  • Use the eraser after adjusting its intensity to 100% opacity 100percent to remove the bottom line of the rectangle. Then click v and move the rectangle a little down to closes the unnecessary cleared areas
  • For the top ellipse
    • Rasterize the layer menu>layer>rasterize>Layer
    • Then menu>Filter>Stylize>emboss
    • USe these settings : Emboss filter
  • Result in Figure 5-3
Flame wick
Figure 5-1
candle parts
Figure 5-2
Post 32 - final
Figure 5-3
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