by Julieanne Kost

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Created

October 6, 2014

If you’ve ever needed to create flames, be sure to check out the new Flame Generator filter in Photoshop CC. This new feature is designed to render realistic flames on user-defined paths. You need to create your path first (using the pen tool or any of the shape tools), then choose  Filter > Render > Flames. (Note: you need to have a pixel layer targeted in the Layers panel as a landing place for the flame to be created, not a Shape, Type, or Smart Object layer. You can however convert type to paths or use the Type Mask tool to render paths for letter forms).

As you can see from the dialog below, there are a large number of options that can be customized in a number of ways. The six different Flame Types are:

• One Flame Along Path: A single flame will be rendered on each path.

• Multiple Flames Along Path: More than one flame will be rendered on each path. The flames will follow the direction of the path.

• Multiple Flames One Direction: Multiple Flames will be rendered on each path. All of the flames will point in the same direction.

• Multiple Flames Path Directed: Multiple Flames will be rendered on each path. Each Flame will point according to the path angle.

• Multiple Flames Various Angle: Multiple Flames will be rendered on a path. Each Flame will point randomly. You can control the angle variation by changing the “angle” parameter.

• Candle Light: One candle light will be rendered on a path.

flame types

Flame Types across top: One Flame Along Path, Multiple Flames Along Path, and Multiple Flames One Direction.                   Flame Types across bottom: Multiple Flames Path Directed, Multiple Flames Various Angle, and Candle Light.

Another variable that you can change is the Flame Style. There are three types including Normal, Violent and Flat and are illustrated below.

Flame Style. There are three types including Normal, Violent and Flat

The three Flame Styles from left to right include Normal, Violent and Flat.

The Flame Shape can also be varied and include the following options:

• Parallel: The lines that construct the flame are parallel.

• To The Center: The lines that construct the flame point toward the center.

• Spread: The lines that construct the flame spread away from the center.

• Oval: The vectors that construct the flame shape are curved in an arc.

• Pointing: The lines that construct the flame point converge at one point.

Flame Shape can also be varied and include the following options: • Parallel: The lines that construct the flame are parallel. • To The Center: The lines that construct the flame point toward the center. • Spread: The lines that construct the flame spread away from the center. • Oval: The vectors that construct the flame shape are curved in an arc. • Pointing:

The five flame shapes from left to right include: Parallel, To The Center, Spread, Oval, and Pointing:

In addition, many other parameters can be changed including:

• Length: Flame length in pixels (available for Flame Types  #2-5).

• Width: Flame width in pixels.

• Angle: Flame angle  (available for Flame Types  #3-5).

• Interval: Pixel length of the gap between flames  (available for Flame Types  #2-5).

• Adjust Interval For Loops: When checked, if the path is a loop, “Interval” will be adjusted so each gap between the flames will be uniform or even.

• Flame Lines (Complexity): This setting will increase/decrease the number of lines in each flame (each flame is made up of lines under the hood).

• Turbulent: This controls the calmness and roughness of the flame.

• Jag: If this is greater than 0, the flame will be jagged.

• Opacity: This controls the opacity/transparency of the flame.

• Flame Bottom Alignment: When this number is 0, each line that constructs the flame is evenly aligned.  When this number is greater than 0, they will be randomized.

• Color: Choose from any color by clicking in the swatch and using the color picker

• Quality: This is always a trade-off – the lower the quality, the faster the render. However too low of quality might result in pixelated or jaggy edges.

• Randomize Shapes: when checked, the flame shape will be different every time a flame is created.

• Arrangement: The Randomize option must be turned off to access the Arrangement parameters to create identical flames.

Here are a few more examples of the different types of flames that can be made using the various adjustments listed above. All of the flames were based on a circular path.

The first is the default setting for Multiple Flames Path Directed. The second flame had the shape changed to Pointing. The third changed the type to Flat and the Shape to Spread out. In the second row, the fourth flame had additional changes were made to length, width and angle, the fifth flame Type was set to Multiple Flames Along Path and the turbulence was decreased. Finally, the sixth flame was also set to Multiple Flames Along Path with increased Interval and opacity settings.

The first is the default setting for Multiple Flames Path Directed when applied to a circle. The second flame had the Flame Shape changed to Pointing. The third changed the Flame Type to Flat and the Shape to Spread Out. In the second row, the fourth flame had additional changes made to length, width and angle. The fifth Flame Type was set to Multiple Flames Along Path and the turbulence was decreased. Finally, the sixth flame was also set to Multiple Flames Along Path with increased Interval and Opacity settings.

Note: the Scripted Pattern Fill features – Picture Frame and Tree – are also now available under  Filter > Render.

COMMENTS

  • By Roberto Blake - 5:10 PM on October 9, 2014  

    Is there a reason why the render flames option is grayed out in my dialogue box?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 7:55 AM on October 10, 2014  

      Are you working on a Smart Object? OR perhaps a Type layer. The Filter only works on raster (“pixel”) layers.

      • By Matthew Sun - 1:53 PM on October 11, 2014  

        I am working on raster layers but still, my filter is grayed out. Do I have to use 64 bit CC?

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:13 AM on October 13, 2014  

          Do you have 512MB of VRAM on your video card?

  • By Keegan Klug - 2:21 PM on October 11, 2014  

    I am having the same issue. I have created a new document that is 300 x 300 pixels.I also used the paint bucket tool to fill the background black. I then used the pen tool to create a path. When i go to Filter > Render > Flames, it is grayed out.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:13 AM on October 13, 2014  

      Do you have 512MB of VRAM on your video card?

  • By Michael Preston - 9:16 AM on October 14, 2014  

    This is pretty doggone awesome!

  • By Charles Pearson - 1:56 AM on October 18, 2014  

    It looks great Julieanne. I have tried using this filter but it remains greyed out. Can you help?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 12:13 PM on October 20, 2014  

      Hi Charles, does your video card have 512 MB of dedicated VRAM?