Tutorial: Fire Effect on Images

When you want to create a fire effect on a colored image, your have found yourself the right tutorial! Here I will show you how you can apply my smoke and layer styles combination to a colored image. I will use Affinity Photo for this tutorial, but the same process can be done in photoshop.

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Brushes vs. Overlays

When I would have to choose if I must use brushes or overlays, I would reather go for brushes in most cases. On this page you will find some of my reasons why I prefer brushes, and a list of some cases where you are better of using overlays. So lets first check in which cases you want to prefer overlays instead of brushes. When to use Overlays There are some cases where you do not want to use brushes but rather want to go with these nice overlay images. One is when you need something with multiple colors, for example a bokeh overlay effect or a tattoo overlay on skin. Another good reason is when you need a really high resolution. For brushes to work with older Photoshop versions, I keep my brushes under 2500px in size(but above 2000px whenever possible). Also there is a maximum size for brushes in most graphic editors, and the bundles on the market also often do not contain a high enough resolution that would be needed for bigger printings. When you need a texture, for example in a 3D rendering, you also would rather go with Overlays than with brushes. Instead of first […]

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Photoshop Tutorial: Fire Effect Basics

This is one of my first youtube tutorials ever made. I show you how you can use my Smoke and Fire Brushes to create very realistic fire effects in photoshop. The technique shown in the video will use layer styles and will work similarly in other tools.For similar fire tutorials have a look at my other fire effect posts.

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Photoshop: Opening Regular Image in Camera Raw Editor

The camera raw Editor included in PHotoshop is a very powerful tool to create stunning images. I made it to a habit to open each image in the Camera Editor before I start to work on it in photoshop.

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Infrared Effect

Sometimes you encounter one of these really dreamy images, where the treeas are red or white and the sky is nice and blue. This images where in most cases made with infrared photography, where nit only the visible light is captured, but as well light that falls out of the visible spectrum. Luckily, you don’t need to have an infrared camera to do such images, but you can simulate the effect with photo manipulation. In this tutorial I will show you how to do this in photoshop, but the same technique can be used in other tools like Affinity Photo.

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Fire Effect: Add Details

Here are some examples of how you can add details to the fire effect I have shown in the following tutorials: Fire Effect: Smoke Brushes and Layer Styles Fire Effect: Smoke Brushes and Gradient Map

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Fire Effect: Enhancements with Solid Color Layer

Here are various ways how you can enhance a fire effect I have explained in the tutorial Fire Effect: Smoke Brushes and Layer Styles.

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Signs you are working too long in IT

Here a parody for the signs you are doing your job for too long.If you have any other ideas that should be added to this list feel free to put it in the comment.

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Javascript: Generic Table of Contents Function

Ever needed to create a table of contents for all your <h*>-elements on a webpage?The following javascript function is a easy way to do it. The Code

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Preparing Scanned Handdrawing for Vectorization

Today I started to vectorize some old black and white handdrawn designs I created a long time ago. And I ended up with the problem, that some of the scans had a lot of speckles. One of this drawings was the following “skeleton sperm” or whatever you wanna call it:

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