Blending Fire in Illustrator
● Creating realistic looking flames in Illustrator is Fun, but Artists must still be Mindful of Quality and Detail.
✓ Pencil Tool✓ Closing Shapes ✓ Blending mode✓ Feathering
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Step #1: Open Your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Illustrator …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … make a New Layer, and lock your other layers.
Step #2: Pencil Tool ~
✓ Get the Pencil Tool, or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (n) …
✓ … draw a flame shape.
✓ Make sure you close the shape by holding Alt (⌥)/Option when you get back where you started.
✓ Holding Alt (⌥)/Option closes the path automatically before finishing drawing the shape.
Step #3: Colors ~
✓ Fill the shape with the color of your choice and turn off the stroke.
✓ Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …
✓ Now change the Fill color to something else …
Step #4: Inner Shapes ~
✓ Once you have finished choosing a new color, draw another flame shape inside the first one, making sure not to overlap the shapes (sometimes this causes the Blend not to work properly).
✓ Create several flame shapes within the previous ones, fill them with other colors, keep the paths closed and don't overlap the other lines.
✓ Lastly, draw a final inner shape and fill with white.
Step #5: Blend ~
✓ Select all the shapes by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+A …
✓ … create a Blend by going to: Object > Blend > Make or hit the keyboard shortcut:
Alt (⌥)/Option + Cmd(⌘) + B.
Step #6: Feathering ~
✓ Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …
✓ … and select the flame outline.
✓ Then go to: Effect > Stylize > Feather and set the Radius to your preference …
✓ Adjust the Feather Radius of the inner shapes too …
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.