Burning Fire Effect With Glossy Reflection – Part 2
Burning Fire effect with glossy reflection, is a great Photoshop special effect. Today I will be continuing with my Tutorial on how to design a “Burning Fire effect with Glossy reflection” Part – II. As I have already explained in my first part,it’s a Photoshop effect which can be achieved without much skill, however, if you have little knowledge about layer’s, Layer effects, usage of Mask etc, will definitely help. But don’t worry, you can do it if you follow this tutorial step by step. I have tried to show as many Photo’s as possible to make it easier to understand and follow.
So here we go Burning Fire effect with glossy reflection – Part – II
Before you proceed Please read this Part – 1, since this is a continuation tutorial, you won’t understand.After you complete the part – 1 , please come back and follow this part –II to complete the “Fire effect with glossy reflection”
From Part –1 of this Tutorial we already have achieved to get this Image shown below.
STEP: 1 If you look at your Layer pallet in Photoshop you will see this.
Here you can clearly see the layer effects we have applied earlier in Part –1 to the top layer of the text “FIRE”. Now press and hold the “Shift” key on your keyboard and click on the layer “Background copy” this will select all the layers in between, except the original “Background” layer. Once selected (selected layers will be highlighted with blue color) now press CTRL + E key on your key board, this will merge all the selected layer’s without interfering with the layer effects applied to the top text layer. Now you will have only two layers as shown below.
STEP : 2
Now as you can see you have two layer’s only. Right click on the “FIRE copy” layer and from the menu click on “Duplicate layer”. this will make a Duplicate layer of the Fire copy layer. as shown below.
STEP : 3
This part is going to be a little bit tricky, where we will be giving the Glossy effect to the Text layer.This tutorial from Step-1,onwards, is a bit different from other Photoshop tutorials, but I found this procedure to be easier and gives a better result.
OK ! now make sure the top layer “Fire copy2” is selected, now go to EDIT >> Transform >> Flip vertical. and you will get this image.
Don’t be alarmed, your Image is still intact, its just the background Black layer which we applied to the Text layer in Part-1 is blocking the view of the layer beneath it.To make it see through, make sure that the top layer”Fire copy 2” is selected and click on the blending options in the layer pallet and from the drop down menu select the option “SCREEN”. All the layer’s beneath this layer will be visible. The “screen” blending option basically makes all black color transparent, a very handy and useful blending option for masking. Your Image will now look like this.
Everything looks upside down, don’t click or move the image layers now, the images are perfectly aligned as a mirror image.Now click on this iconthe move tool on the left menu bar of Photoshop, and on your key board keep on tapping the “down arrow” key ( make sure that the top layer”Fire copy 2”) the flipped layer is selected.This will drag the top flipped layer down, bring it down enough to align it with the second layer at the base,just keep a few pixels gap in between them (shown below)
Now we have our reflected Image in place, but not finished yet.
Reflected Images are not sharp, and tend to fade away and also not of the same size, so we need to do some more work on it.
Now select this tool Rectangular marquee tool and select an area on the reflected text, the selected area should just cover the image area only as shown below, to transform the selected area go to Edit >> Transform >> Distort ,this will create a box around the selected area with four NODES on the corner’s, than with the Left mouse button click and drag on the right Transform node just a little bit to the right to distort the Image, similarly click and drag on the left Transform node and drag the node towards left side, same amount as you did on the right node. shown below.
STEP 8: Once you are satisfied with the transformation, press enter, than press CTRL+D to deselect the area. Since a reflected Image tend to fade away, we need to apply a gradient with a mask on the reflected layer. To do that click on this icon it’s the MASK icon at the bottom of the layer pallet, once you activate this you will see a Mask applied on the layer pallet,
(Mask layer applied to the reflected layer). Now click and select this tool the gradient tool, and make sure that Photoshop has the default color on, that is Black as foreground color and white as background color.. After selecting the Gradient tool, check that on the top just below the Menu bar the Gradient tool should be displayed like thisNow with the gradient tool active click on the mask layer to make it active and than click on the reflected text and drag vertically down right up to the end of your document, this will make the layer gradually fade starting from top towards the bottom. You can repeat this till you are satisfied with the outcome.The aim is to make the reflected text layer fade out.
STEP 9: Since reflected Images are not sharp, we have to blur this image a little bit, for this first select the Image now (not the mask ) go to Filter >> Blur>> Gaussian blur >> and in the Radius put 2 (this is up to you, you can reduce or increase the blur effect according to your liking), than click OK.
That’s it , your finished Image now should look like this.
Was this Tutorial helpful ? I have tried my best to show as many pictures as possible to make it easier to follow. If you found it difficult to follow don’t hesitate to leave a comment I’ll be glad to help you out (as far as I can).
Don’t forget to read the PART-1 of this tutorial
Posted By: Ben Jamir
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