Graphic and web designer Fabio Sasso is best known for his Photoshop artworks and tutorials. He is also co-founder of Zee, a web-design studio and runs a hugely successful digital arts and creativity blog, Abduzeedo.

It’s summer blockbuster season, and this image recalls a still from a superhero movie or big-budget television series. In this tutorial, Photoshop maestro Fabio Sasso demonstrates how to fake a human torch using little more than stock imagery, a little patience, and a lot of Photoshop know-how.

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Sasso will talk you through honing your use of layers, tweaking the same image several times and layering up the central model. You’ll use layer
styles and adjustment layers to build up effects and achieve a subtle, polished finish.

Sasso also has plenty of tips on how to seamlessly blend stock photography, using the Warp tool, simple Photoshop effects, and some layer masks. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll be subtly applying blending modes until you reach the impressive effect shown above.

All the images you’ll need can be bought at a low cost from Shutterstock, or you can easily substitute your own photos if you’d prefer.


Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop

Time to complete

4 hours

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