Photoshop tutorial: Create scorching effects

Step 11
Select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map, and change the blending mode to Soft Light.

Step 12
Now let’s add some flames. To do this, we’ll need another stock photo. You can buy the one used here at, 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.

Step 13
Now let’s add a fireball. Again we’ll use another stock photo – you can buy the one used here at 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

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:
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: 4 hours

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