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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.
- This week, we're going to get nice and cozy. We're going to create a campfire. Yep, a little campfire. The whole things is going to be done from scratch using Photoshop. Here's what we're going to do. I'm going to start off by creating the little logs that we're going to be burning. So in a new layer -- I'll create a layer, and we'll call it "Log." Let's get a nice brown color for our log to have. I'll go in here and we'll pick a nice color, about like that. That looks good. I'm going to get my paintbrush, make sure it's set to "hard edge," and I'm going to draw a nice little shape here.
This is going to be our log. I don't want it to be too perfect. I 'm kind of just drawing this shape, about like that. Alright? So there's our basic log. There you go. Now, I'm going to give this a couple of filters to make it look like a nice little log. I'm going to go in there and say my first filter, which is actually going to be in the filter gallery. All of them are going to be in the filter gallery. I've got a -- in texture. I'm going to go ahead and use a craquelure. That's going to be the first one.
I've got some crack spacing. I could bring it down -- just bring it up a little bit -- there we go. So it starts to look like a nice little crack there. And the crack depth, that can be nice and strong. The brightness, we can kind of bring that down a little bit. There you go. And we'll add another one to it. We'll add another texture, which will be this texturizer right here. We're going to bring down the relief on that one. We'll bring down the relief and the scaling, way down, so it's just this kind of a -- there we go -- just this kind of a extra roughness to it. We see that on top of the other.
You can see that, it starts to have that nice little rough quality to it. All right, that's looking good. So, I click okay and there's the beginnings of our log. Which I'm now going to give it a little bit of a warp. I want that texture to kind of warp. So I'm going to go in there and say warp. I'm going to give it one of the custom ones, because it does have the custom-like arch -- right there. Then I'll bring this down just a little bit, so I just have a little curvature. See, that nice little curvature to my log. Click okay. That's getting there. Now I need the edge of the log.
What I'm going to do is, I'm going to create a little circle -- right there -- a perfect little circle, in another layer. Okay, then I have to name this one, but this is going to be the little edge of our log here. I'm going to get a lighter version of that brown, something like that, and fill that -- right there like that. Okay, and then let me give that some noise. I'll go in there and say add noise -- lot of noise -- just like that. There we go. And now I'll give it another filter. It's still selected, so I'm going to give it another filter here, which is, under Blur, I have a little thing called Radial Blur.
You can see, it has a spin mode. It also has a zoom mode -- see? And I can also specify where the center is going to be, but we're going to leave that right in the center, right where we want it, right in there. Okay, and we're going to use the spin mode, and center that -- a little better -- there we go -- right about there. Okay, and I'm going to push that amount all the way to 100 percent. Click okay. And there you can see that, we got these nice little circles now. I'm going to go into my levels, my levels command, and I'm going to bring these in, just to really accent that kind of graininess of that edge of the wood.
There we go. Click okay, and there. So now I'm going to bring this into my little scene here -- put it -- deselect it -- and put it right here at the base of our little log, and we're going to resize it. Resize it and make it a little flatter, like that, and put it right in position where we want it -- right in there, about like that -- there. Click okay, and there's the beginnings of our log. So what we're going to do now, we're going to take both of them here and we're going to rotate them. Going to rotate them over -- like that.
Get a nice little edge like that. There we go. And make that happen. Then, for the log itself, the log itself, I'm going to create a layer on top of it. I'm going to get black. I get my paintbrush, and I'm going to make sure now it's soft, nice soft edge, and I'm just going to go in here and just give it a little black, right along this edge here, like that. I'm going to clip it -- clip it with that right there and bring down the passage a little bit -- Just so I get this little shading underneath the log -- just like that. So there's our basic little log. I'm going to turn off my background and say go ahead and merge visible.
They all become one single layer. Right, so now I'm going to duplicate that. The one in back here, I'm going to do a little flip horizontal on it. And put it into position, right about here, and maybe rotate it just a little bit. Right there like that. And on top of that one, I'm going to throw a little black. It's going to be my shadow. Alright, so let's create a layer on top of it, and we'll throw in a little shadow being caused by that log, and have it clip right there. Now we got this little shadow in there.
Now, there's going to be a fire on this, so these shadows might not be as necessary, but we'll just keep it in there because it looks good so far. Okay, so, now that we got that, let's go ahead and take our background and invert it. There we go. So now we can really see these logs. Let's go ahead and put this guy down. Merge down. Okay, so there's our two logs. Let's move them both -- let's grab them both, and move them right about here. That looks good -- right about there. What's going to happen now, is I'm going to create some fire.
Here we go. Right on top of this -- this is going to be the fire. Let's go ahead and name our layers. We'll call this "log" and "log under." Alright. So now, for the fire, what I'm going to do is, I'm going to switch to white here. In fact, I'm not going to use a pure white, I'm going to use a slightly more of a yellowish white -- about this color, right there -- just a little off-white. I'm going to draw a couple of little spots right here. Let me get a harder edge and let's make the brush much smaller.
I'm just going to draw a couple of things. In fact, let's do them right here. We'll draw a little guy here, and a bigger guy, and a couple of little guys here. Yeah, that's pretty good, right there. Alright, there we go. That's going to be our flame, believe it or not. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to apply some filters to this guy. Let's bring it up here. Now, the filter I'm going to use, only works from left to right, so, right off the bat -- since I want it to go up and down, I'm going to go ahead and rotate this layer clockwise. Okay, there we go.
I'm going to apply that filter, and the filter that I have is a little guy here, under Stylize -- it's a little guy way at the bottom called Wind. Now it's showing me a little preview of what I'm getting. It's going from left -- it can go from right -- I have it set for left. I'm going to say, "do it." See what it created, those little things. I'm going to hit the command to apply that filter a few more times. There you can see I've applied it quite a few little times -- maybe one more -- nope! Those were enough right there.
Now what I'm going to do is, I'm going to go ahead and blur it. I'm going to blur it a little bit. Give it a little bit of a Gaussian blur, just to soften that up, just a little bit. Now, I'm going to take my finger tool, and start playing around with it. But at this point, I can kind of do the rotation back -- 90 degrees counterclockwise, and we'll put our flames back where they belong -- right on top of this guy right here. Alright, so now -- a little higher -- there they are. Okay, so now I'm going to start to play around with this with my smudge tool.
I'm going to go in there and very loosely start to move these guys around -- go down and up and I'm just very loosely here, just pushing these tones all around, back and forth, like this. See it -- just to get this nice kind of a feel to it, back and forth, like that. Alright, that's good enough right there. What we've done is fine. I'm going to just kind of push these guys back and forth underneath and bring some of these light tones back up into the top, and kind of wiggle these guys around.
You get the general idea right there. Now, I've got that. All I'm going to need now is some layer styles. Let's move this over so we can see it better -- right in there, and let's get layer styles for that particular layer. What I'm going to do -- I'm going to give it a little inner glow first -- a nice inner glow. I'm going to set this to a really strong, kind of an almost orange kind of a color -- right there like that -- darker than the stuff beneath so I'm going to set this up to normal. You can see what it did now.
You could maybe set it multiply, but that doesn't make much of a change in this case, so we'll just set it to normal, and we'll kind of increase the opacity to it. There we go. Now we start getting that kind of an effect, and we'll give it a outer glow. We'll just go in there and give it a little outer glow, and the outer glow -- we're going to go ahead and pick a nice hot red -- like that -- just like that, and you can see what just started to happen already, and I'm going to just kind of pull that up a little bit, make that a little stronger -- maybe the size just a slight bit. That inner glow -- let's get that to come in a little better.
Let's lighten that up a little bit. There you can see what's starting to happen. Now we start to see that we're getting this nice kind of a little flame. Now that we have it, we can go in there and start to play around with these little guys again. Now we can see that I'm getting a much nicer kind of a flame. Now I'm actually playing with the existing colors of the piece and there we can see that we have this nice little flame starting to happen all through there -- and bring this down, and push it back up. It's very loose, what I'm doing at this point.
I'm just very loosely doing that kind of an effect. There you can see that we have this nice little flame on top of these logs that are burning away.
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