Photoshop Text Effects

How to Create a Fire Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a fire text effect in Photoshop. We’ll use a couple of filters and adjustment layers to engulf our text in hot flames.

 fire text effect

To create a fire text effect, you’ll need:

  • Any recent version of Photoshop

Step 1

Go to File > New and use the settings shown below.

 fire text effect new document

Fill the document with black by going to Edit > Fill and selecting Black for the Use option.

 fire text effect fill

 fire text effect fill result

Step 2

Select the Type Tool and choose the font you want to use.

 fire text effect font

Press D to set foreground and background colors to their defaults, press X to swap them and then write your text.

 fire text effect text

If your text is a bit too small, press Command+T (Macs) / Ctrl+T (Windows) and resize the text by dragging the corner handle outwards while holding Shift.

 fire text effect free transform

Step 3

Go to Layer > Rasterize > Type.

 fire text effect rasterize

Now, duplicate the text layer by pressing Command+J (Macs) / Ctrl+J (Windows).

 fire text effect duplicate text layer

Hide the duplicate text layer.

 fire text effect hide duplicate text layer

Step 4

Select the original text layer and go to Image > Rotate Canvas > 90° CW.

 fire text effect rotate cw

Then, go to Filter > Stylize > Wind and use the settings shown below.

 fire text effect wind

 fire text effect wind result

The streaks are too subtle right now, so apply the Wind filter two more times by pressing Command+F (Macs) / Ctrl+F (Windows) twice.

 fire text effect wind filter

Now, go to Image > Rotate Canvas > 90° CCW.

 fire text effect rotate ccw

Step 5

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use the value shown.

 fire text effect gaussian blur

 fire text effect gaussian blur result

Step 6

Select the background layer and duplicate it by pressing Command+J (Macs) / Ctrl+J (Windows).

 fire text effect duplicate background layer

Now, select the original text layer and press Command+E (Macs) / Ctrl+E (Windows) to merge it with the duplicate background layer. Rename the merged layer to “Flames”.

 fire text effect merge

Step 7

Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and make a selection around the text, leaving some extra space above it.

 fire text effect rectangular marquee tool

Then, go to Filter > Liquify, select the Forward Warp Tool and change the Brush Size to 100 in the Tool Options.

 fire text effect brush size

Click on the streaks at different areas and drag a short distance either to the right or left.

 fire text effect streaks

Now, change the Brush Size to 15, click inside the letters and drag upwards to create little flames. You can either drag straight up or at a slight angle to add variety. To create more interesting flames, you can wiggle your mouse while dragging.

fire text effect little flames

To create larger flames, change the Brush Size to 50 and do the same as we did before to create little flames.

 fire text effect large flames

Step 8

Let’s add some color by creating a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Go to New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation.

 fire text effect hue saturation adjustment layer

Now, use the settings shown below.

 fire text effect hue saturation

 fire text effect hue saturation result

Step 9

Add another Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and use the value shown below.

 fire text effect hue saturation again

Change the new adjustment layer’s blending mode to Overlay.

 overlay

 overlay result

Step 10

Now, make the duplicate text layer visible again.

 duplicate text layer visible

Go to Layer Styles > Gradient Overlay.

 gradient overlay

Click on the gradient preview area to open the Gradient Editor.

 gradient preview

Click on the black color stop and then on the color swatch.

 black color stop

Select a dark orange/brown color.

 dark orange

Now, click on the white color stop and then on the color swatch.

 white color stop

Select a bright orange color.

 bright orange

In the Layer Style dialog box, use the settings shown below.

 gradient overlay options

 gradient overlay result

Step 11

Currently, the flames and text look like two separate things. To change that, select the text layer and click on the Layer Mask option.

 layer mask

 layer mask result

With the Layer Mask still selected, grab the Brush Tool, press D to set foreground and background colors to their defaults and then press X to swap them. Using a small soft-edge brush, paint on some of the sharp edges of the text.

 brush

And we’re done! The fire text effect tutorial is complete!

 fire text effect

About the author

Tabish Shaikh

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