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Video 88- Illustrate a Virtual Match Stick Burning

In This Tutorial, we shall quickly know how to illustrate a Virtual Match Stick Burning:

  • Create a match stick
  • Create a path using the curved pen tool to convert it to a flame
  • Convert Path to a flame
  • Create timeline for a burning match stick
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Step 1, Create a match stick

  • Start A new Photoshop Project 1000X1000px and 72pixels/inch
  • Use the Paint Bucket Paint Bucket tool to fill it with white color
  • Create a new layer using ctrl+shift+n or menu>layer>new>layer
  • Select the rectangle tool Shape tool location
  • Draw a slim Triangle and center it from the top tool bar or just drag it to the center
  • From the top tool bar change the color to the first degree of Pale, select it from the Fill option drop down post 30 - rectangle pale fill or menu>Windows>properties and no outline or stroke
  • Create a new layer using ctrl+shift+n or menu>layer>new>layer
  • Select the curved pen tool from the side tool bar pen tool
  • Make sure that shape is selected and not path Shape top bar
  • and draw a closed nearly round path around the top of the match stick we had just created as in Figure 1-1
  • Select stroke none and fill red Post 30 - head fill red result as Figure 1-2
  • Now duplicate this layer using ctrl+j. click the pen tool again and select fill as black from the top tool bar see Figure 1-3
Post 30 head path
Figure 1-1
Post 30 head red
Figure 1-2
Post 30 head black
Figure 1-3

Step 2, Create a path using the curved pen tool to convert it to a flame

  • Create a new layer using ctrl+shift+n or menu>layer>new>layer
  • Select the Curved Pen Tool curved pen tool
  • Select the PATH from the top tool path  selection top bar
  • Draw a path around the match stick head that looks like a flame as in Figure 2-1

flame path
Figure 2-1

Step 3, Convert Path to Flame

  • To convert path to a flame, menu>Filter>Render>Flame
  • Use the settings in Figure 3-1
    • Flame Type: 5-Multiple Flames
    • Height 70
    • Randomize height
    • Width 47
    • Angle 50
    • Interval 21
    • To create flames around the bath
    • Then click v and move the flame to center it around the match stick head and resize it
    • Result is in Figure 3-2
  • Create a new layer using ctrl+shift+n or menu>layer>new>layer
  • Use settings in Figure 3-3 to try different effects of the flame
    • Flame Type: 5-Multiple Flames
    • Width 147 to close the middle of the flame
    • Then click v and move the flame to center it around the match stick head and resize it
    • Result is in Figures 3-4
  • use the eye-layer beside the relevant flame layer to display one of them only
  • Then click Delete to delete the path
Flame Tool Settings-1
Figure 3-1
Flame Tool Settings-2
Figure 3-3
Figure 3-2
Flame of settings -2
Figure 3-4
Step 4, Create timeline for a burning match stick
  • Go to menu>Windows>Timeline to open Video Time line bottom panel and select Video Timeline
    1. Expand the red layer time line settings
    2. Confirm that the frame pointer is at the 0.0
    3. Select the opacity settings
    4. Confirm that red layer opacity is 100 from the layers panel opacity 100 percent
    5. Click the diamond to generate a main frame
    6. Move the frame pointer to the end of time line at 5.0
    7. Change red Layer Opacity to 0% opacity 0
    8. A new main frame will be generated automatically
    9. Expand the black time line settings
    10. While the frame pointer is at the end, click the diamond beside the opacity of the black layer to generate a main frame
    11. Return the pointer to 0.0
    12. Change black Layer opacity to 0%
    13. A new main frame will automatically be generated
red-black timeline
  • Now select the flame that you would like to create the animation with.
  • Hide the other flame by clicking the eye icon beside it eye-layer
  • Convert the selected flame layer to smart object, menu>Layer>Smart Objects>Convert to Smart Object
    1. Expand the flame layer
    2. Drag the frames pointer
    3. to the timeline end at 5.0
    4. Click the small stop watch beside transform
    5. drag the pointer to 0.0
    6. ctrl+t to open free transformation
    7. make sure that w and H are linked width and height linked
    8. Change w to 10 % and drag it to the center of the stick head
    9. Click ENTER
    10. A new Key frame will be added
    11. Hit play and enjoy
flame time line
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