How to Make Blue Fire on Photoshop

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How to Make Blue Fire on Photoshop
Blue fire is one of Photoshop's many eye-catching effects. (blue flame image by Pali A from Fotolia.com)

Creating a blue fire background in Photoshop allows you to create a dynamic design that combines cool colours with explosive visuals. Using colours similar to those you see in the flames on a gas-powered stove, a blue fire effect makes a great background for gaming websites, movie posters and desktop wallpapers.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Photoshop 7 or higher

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a new document by choosing File from the top menu and selecting New. In the dialogue box that appears, size your document to 1000 px x 1000 px. Click "OK."

  2. 2

    Ensure that your working colours are set to their default black and white by pressing the D key.

  3. 3

    Select the Filter menu from the top of the screen and choose Filter > Clouds.

  4. 4

    Choose the Image pull down menu from the top of the screen and select Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.

  5. 5

    Check the "Colorize" radio box and set the hue value to 232. Slide the saturation value to 25 and click "OK."

  6. 6

    Highlight the layer in the layers palette. If your layers palette isn't visible, you can make it visible by selecting the Windows pull down menu from the top of the screen and choosing Layers. With the layer selected, right-click the layer and choose "Duplicate Layer."

  7. 7

    Select the Image pull down menu from the top of the screen and choose Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.

  8. 8

    Check the "Colorize" radio box and set the hue value to 225. Set the saturation value to 25 and click "OK."

  9. 9

    Create a new layer by choosing the Layer pull down menu from the top of the work window and selecting New > Layer.

  10. 10

    Select the Filter pull down menu and choose Render > Clouds.

  11. 11

    Choose the Filter pull down menu once again and select Sketch > Chrome. Leave all the settings at their defaults and click OK.

  12. 12

    Highlight the layer in the layers palette and right-click. Choose "Blending Options" from the menu that appears. Under the "General Blending" heading, select "Linear Light" from the pull down menu that appears and click "OK."

  13. 13

    Choose the File menu at the top of the workspace and select "Save As." In the dialogue box that appears, give your blue fire document a name and click "Save."

Tips and warnings

  • You can achieve this same effect for red fire by switching the blue colours for those that are red in hue.

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