How to Create Animated Flames

STEPS

1. Create a new document of 600*200 px.
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2. Create a new layer. Use the rectangular-marquee tool and make a selection at the bottom of the canvas. Use the gradient-tool to fill the selection with orange-&-red color.
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3. Press ‘Ctrl d’ to deselect. Apply the Gaussian-blur.
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4. Duplicate the layer for 3-times. Make them invisible by clicking on the eye-icon before their thumbnails in the layers-palette.
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5. Use the smudge tool with 45px size-brush and strength of upto 70% and make flames in the original layer. Drag the brush from the bottom to up.
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6. Now, make this layer invisible and unhide the layer-1-copy. Repeat the above step again for this layer. Make sure to maintain the height of the flames.
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7. Repeat the above step for the other two hidden layers. Go to windows →workstation → Motion. A palette will open at the bottom of Photoshop. Select the first frame. Make all the flame-layers disable except the top-one. The background-layer will remain visible in every frame.
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8. In second-frame, make the visible one hide, and unhide another flame-layer. Keep-up with the other two layers.
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9. Hit play and you will get the perfect flame-animation. Save the animation. Go to file → save-for-web. Make sure to select the .GIF format. Click ‘save’.
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Viola! The animated-flames are ready.

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Author: Haseeb Khan

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