photoshop tutorial:
Fire explosion

In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a fire explosion. First draw a simple "explosion" with the brush. Followed by a few fliter-effects to get a realistic fire explosion

Final Image

Fire Explosion

Step 1: The basis of the fire explosion

Start a new image 640 x 480 px and fill it with black.
Create a new layer.
Activate the Brush Tool.
Use a normal round brush with a master diameter around 100px and the hardness at 0%.
Set red as the foreground color.
Draw something like this.

Draw the basic of the explosion, red brush

Set yellow as the foreground color.
Draw something like this.

Draw the basic of the explosion, yellow brush

Set white as the foreground color.
Draw something like this.

Draw the basic of the explosion, white brush

Step 2: Add some blur to the explosion.

So far it doesn't look much like a fire explosion yet, after this step the fire explosion will start to appear.
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
Change the radius to 40px.
Set the opacity of this layer at 95.

Fire explosion: Gaussian blur

Step 3: Add moving particles to the explosion.

Duplicate the explosion layer.
Check the "Lock transparent pixels" box in the Layer window.
And Fill this layer with black.
You'll get this.

Fire explosion: Fill with black

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
Amount: 100%
Monochromatic is checked.

Fire explosion: Fill with black

Go to Filter > Blur > Radical Blur
Amount: 40
Blur method: Zoom

Add some motion to the particles

Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and drag the white point inward.

Levels
after levels

Set the blending mode to Overlay and lower the opacity to 70.

Blending mode Overlay, opacity 70

Step 4: Add some blur to the particles.

The particles are a very sharp so we'll add some blur.
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
Change the radius to 0.5 px.

Add some blur to the explosion

Duplicate this layer and add some more blur.
Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
Change the radius to 4 px.

and some more blur

Step 5: Give the explosion the finishing touch.

Activate the top layer and fill it with black.
Pres D to set the default foreground and background colors (black and white).
go to Filter > Render > Clouds > Difference Clouds.
Use the standard value.
Change the blending mode to Soft Light.
And the fire explosion is ready.

Fire Explosion

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