Adobe Photoshop Very Simple Tutorial: Got a Light?

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I met this young lady named Heather at a party which I attended a few years ago while my wife was out of town. She wanted to show off her favorite lighter. So she tried to light a candle with it. But no matter how many times she struck it, a flame never came out of her lighter. Eventually, her big smile full of dreams and hopes turned into despair. I wanted to do something. I didn’t want a simple mistake to take over her life and future. But what could I do? Right! I had my MacBook with me, so I launched Adobe Photoshop CS2. In a matter of 5 minutes or so, her big smile came back.

The following tutorial shows steps to create a lighter flame. The photo used in this tutorial comes from Webshots.

  1. At first, grab Pen Tool to create the shape of a flame. You can use Direct Selection Tool to adjust the path.
  2. Under the Layer Palette, change tabs to Paths. Click on the top-right button to save the path if necessary. Then click on the button again and choose Make Selection. Set Feather Radius to about 5 pixels.
  3. Create a new layer on the Layer Palette. If you have chosen Subtract from path area in drawing the path, inverse the selection by choosing Inverse under Select.
  4. While the selection is active, grab Gradient Tool. Set gradient colors to Blue, Red, Yellow. And apply it on the selection from bottom to top such that you will mostly have blue and some red.
  5. Create another path and convert it into a selection. This time, fill the selection with yellow and white by using Radial Gradient.

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