Select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map, and change the blending mode to Soft Light.
Now let’s add some flames. To do this, we’ll need another stock photo. You can buy the one used here at tinyurl.com/mpk9b3, or use a similar photo of your own. Start copying parts of the flame and pasting them over the model’s flaming arm. Set the blending mode to Screen, and then go Edit > Transform > Warp, and distort it to match the model’s arm.
Now let’s add a fireball. Again we’ll use another stock photo – you can buy the one used here at tinyurl.com/mltl7m. Change the blending mode to Screen and select Image > Adjustments > Levels. Increase the white input a bit so that the colours match with the other flames. To finish the piece, you could make the eyes burn, or create some rays of light – for instructions on how to do this, see Sasso’s tutorial on creating movie posters in Digital Arts, October 2008 (or at tinyurl.com/n3mmtn).
Who: Based in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Fabio Sasso is a graphic and web designer. As well as running Zee, a small web- design studio, Sasso has a creative arts blog, Abduzeedo, to which he posts experiments, tutorials, and articles about Photoshop, Illustrator, and other creative applications. Contact: abduzeedo.com
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: 4 hours