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Summary:

Blending Fire in Illustrator

    ●  Creating realistic looking flames in Illustrator is Fun, but Artists must still be Mindful of Quality and Detail.


Learn About:

Pencil ToolClosing Shapes Blending mode Feathering

  •   This tutorial is used with the Monster Mesh and Don't Buy The Lie Projects.


Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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 lock your other layers.

new layer


Step #2: Pencil Tool ~

Get the Pencil Tool, or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (n) …

… draw a flame shape.

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Make sure you close the shape by holding Alt (⌥)/Option alt-optionwhen you get back where you started.

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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) …

selection tool

Now change the Fill color to something else …

fill color


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).

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Create several flame shapes within the previous ones, fill them with other colors, keep the paths closed and don't overlap the other lines.

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Lastly, draw a final inner shape and fill with white.

final flame


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 alt option + Cmd(⌘) cmd key + B.

blend flame


Step #6: Feathering ~

Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …

direct selection tool

… and select the flame outline.

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Then go to: Effect > Stylize > Feather and set the Radius to your preference …

Adjust the Feather Radius of the inner shapes too …

feather flame


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:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

 

  •   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.


Other resources: http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/illustration/learn-how-to-create-realistic-vector-fire/