Create a Stunning Text on Wild Fire Effect

Fire text is one of the most classic technique that you can see in Photoshop tutorials. I am trying out another version here using some real fire images, mix with filters and blending methods. Here we go!
Preview of Final Image
Create a document of a reasonable large size with black background. Using Type tool, with size 280pt and Trajan Pro font, type a number “1”. You can download the font here. Otherwise you may also use other fonts of your preference.
Right-click on the type and choose Blending Options. Check on Outer Glow and key in the following settings.
Check on Color Overlay and key in the following settings.
Check on Satin and key in the following settings.
Check on Inner Glow and key in the following settings.
Right-click on your type layer again and choose Rasterize. Using the Eraser tool with size 200px, fade off the top portion of the type.
Go to Filter > Liquify. Select the Forward Warp Tool and key in the following settings. Using the Forward Warp tool, create some waves on the border of the type.
Download the Fire image from Shaedsofgrey. Go to Channels tab and select the Green layer. Ctrl + left click on the Green layer to load selection of the highlight areas.
Go back to Layers tab and use the Move Tool to drag any part of the selected area into the document with the “1” you done earlier. Place the fire above the type.
Using the Eraser tool with 15px, erase all the excessive fire, leaving only those parts that is waving around the type.
Duplicate the fire layer. Set the Opacity of the original fire to 30%. Set the Blend Mode of duplicated fire to Overlay.
Repeat the processes to cover the type with more flames. And there you got your first flaming type!
Create more flaming letters according to your own preferences.
Download Premade Background from Chulii Stock. Resize and place the image into the document as shown below.
Create a layer above the Premade Background and fill it with #000000. Set the Opacity of this layer to 50%. Use the Eraser tool to reveal the wooden floor.
Create a new layer and name it as Glow. Paint 3 huge red dot with the Brush tool (Soft Rounded) as shown in the screenshot below.
Set the Blend Mode of this layer to Color Dodge. We are done for this tutorial. Hope this will be useful for your future works.PS: I will love and appreciate if you post a link to this tutorial on your site to share with your readers. But PLEASE do not copy the entire tutorial, embed it into your personal blog and make it look as if it is your own work… Thanks.


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  1. b9n says:

    how fade off using the erase tools ? .

  2. Jossh says:

    Set the Blend Mode of duplicated fire to Overlay.

    What is blend mode ????????????????????????????????

  3. Michelle says:

    Great tut! When I want to enhance a power of letters I use flames created in app Flame Painter. It’s easy and quite impressive, too.

  4. whitewolfcx says:

    Thnx Very Much! I was searching for a tutorial which is possible for begineers on fire text effect. Before your tutorial I’ve tried 6, all of them got stuck at some complicated point, but your tutorial made it possible for me.
    Thnx again!

  5. Philip says:

    Just wanted to say that this is a brilliant and incredibly helpful tutorial. Thank you sir.

  6. Eske says:

    I’m going to go as far as saying this is the best type effect tutorial I have used. Keep up the clever work. Need more people like yourself keeping things simple and high quality.

    Huge Thanks,


  7. thuske says:

    thanks a lot…. i did it with my name on and with a number of changes.

  8. Danuka says:

    Thanks a lot dude, this helps… keep posting new tutorials, this was really help full for me, thanks again keep it up…

  9. Hamid says:

    Hi my friend.
    Today I learn a new and beauty design.Thanks so much
    And I hope every body that see your teaching don’t post it in his(her)web and only linked it.
    good luck

  10. Falcon says:

    thanks it’s worked ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Anna says:

    my hero. enough said this worked sooo well and i didn’t have to even concentrate. just go through the motions and bam!

  12. Chava says:

    Step two says to right click on the number one to open up blending options. I’m using CS5 and nothing like that is possible when I right-click. What is another way in to blending options? I tried highlighting the number but still no such option.

    • Anubrata says:

      Dear Chava,
      The step 2 says that right click on the type, that means you have to right click on the text layer from the layers panel then from the list select Blending Options and key in the settings mentioned in the tutorial.
      You can find the layers panel at the bottom left.
      The text layer is shown by a “T” in the thumbnail.

    • Aaron Chua says:

      Thanks again my friend. You have been very helpful!.

      Anyway I can invite you to do a guest post on 10steps to introduce yourself?

  13. aaron says:

    I also had trouble when it came to the fire. It says select green channel and drag it over. But when you do it is in b&W. The picture shows color. I think a step was skipped. Difficult if you are not very experienced. Hopefully he’ll explain the problem.

    • Anubrata says:

      To avoid changing it into b&w hold down alt click on the green channel thumbnail.
      You will see the channel is selected without turning itself to b&w.
      Then copy the selection(Edit>Copy) and paste it in your fiery text document or cntrl j to create a new layer from the selection and duplicate the layer.
      Hope this helps…

    • Aaron Chua says:

      Thanks Anbrata for the tip!

  14. Luiza says:

    Great tutorial. But for those making the entire alphabet I sugest to use the filter Distort>Wave instead of liquifying letter by letter.

  15. Amjad Miandad says:

    Superb. Thanks for sharing. I have learned and done It.

  16. bentirador says:

    Awesome effectโ€ฆ you had such a great work over there with some good tips. thanks Excellent tutorial easier than I thought it could be, thanks for this new way to create fire letters

  17. Kim Jun Hong says:

    Great tutorial! I’m from Singapore too!

    Here’s what I’ve created by following your tutorial:


  18. Okta says:

    cool…thks anyway…:D

  19. Sergio says:

    Excelente tutorial, las explicaciones son muy claras y faciles de seguir.
    Muchas gracias por compartir.

  20. Evie says:

    I tried it a couple times,
    and I think it is pretty hard for a beginner.
    I didn’t understand everything.
    And my result isn’t that good either.
    But still it was a nice tutorial!!!

  21. EHMZY says:

    hi there im little bit confused about in step 9 in dragging the fire into the one i made it when i drag it its black and white and also it goes to channel instead of layers..

    thanks i hope you can help me

    great tutorials ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Ryan says:

    Used this with great results. Didn’t need to use the highlights from the green channel as I used the RGB channel and it worked fine.

    Thanks a bunch, great tutorial.

  23. Derek says:

    It’s really cool.I love this.Thank you.

  24. Magento says:

    Burning hot tutorial baby:)

    Really cool….thanks buddy!

  25. Ali says:

    Very Nice Work. I am really happy cool

  26. Burning hot tutorial … I love the realism of the final output … Very easy to follow as well … Thanks Johnson ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. biplab says:

    this website is really help for those who either are new to photoshop or are the professional user of it.

  28. Alessandro says:

    The liquify tool! Got it!

  29. vecto says:

    Awesome… Itโ€™s a great tutorial..

  30. Vinh Tien says:

    Old article but It’s still helpful for me.
    Thank Johnson so much.


  31. bojan says:

    Oh for Christs sake!
    What’s with that fire? Why? Y u grey fire? And why nobody answers? Not even those, who previously had that problem and menaged to solve it? “Wicked” ain’t answer!
    I would love to enjoy this toturial, as it seems absolutelly astonishing, but in this particular moment I just want to bomb myself in some place full of photoshop designers.

    • bojan says:

      Still waiting for someone wiser, BUT:
      I used the b/w fire, than i used hue/saturation (ctrl+u) on it – checked the ‘colorize’ box and set the saturation to 100% and hue to what seemed to get the best result.

      Bobming the place is not an option anymore.

    • affectiondesign says:

      dont actually click the green channel and then select keep it on RBG and control/command click the green channel

    • sean says:

      yeah his green channel thingy doesn’t work – makes the fire grey.

      use the RGB channel instead, ctrl-click to select and then use the move tool to drag the selection onto your image from the layers palette box. Set to screen mode and then duplicate flame layers, flip, distort, move, set to soft light if you like… whatever looks good. then erase the bits you don’t want.

  32. thank you
    That was a great tutorial

  33. LEDs Lights says:

    Very insightful Tutorial.. . Iโ€™m especially thankful for the Tipp with the Greed Layer to cut out the fire ! โ€ฆ thatโ€™s awesome man !

  34. mr bem says:

    i was looking for this, thx great tut.

  35. LUCY says:

    Thanks alot now I’ve got a new idea

  36. kaveh says:

    thanks for this great thing!
    this is my art work:
    you make me happy if take a look!

  37. Cgbaran says:

    Great tutorial thanks

  38. This is what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing this information with us. I have forwarded this link to my designers, so that they can come with the similar kind of template model I asked for.

  39. Dave says:

    Thanks, looks very good, thany you!!!

  40. Kay says:

    Awesome effect. Even after trying everything to get the flame out of the b/w, it still isn’t doing it for me in CS4. I click, do the green, move it over, it’s b/w, get frustrated. This should be really easy, I was able to do everything with no problem but for some reason, I’m stuck, even after reading similar “answers.” Argh.

    • Kay says:

      I guess a good nights rest did it for me because I figured it out! All I can say is w-i-c-k-e-d! Thanks!

  41. I am on it. I will try thins out coming Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Hassan Alijanpoor says:

    tank u very nice and good

  43. Hamid Sadeghi (IRAN) says:

    Thank you

  44. Kentski says:

    wth, you didnt buy the font? – if not, how’d you downloaded it for free? all link i hit says I have to pay -,-‘

  45. Someone says:

    Can you give me the exact size of the canvas? I also can’t seem to key in the effects without the result looking like less of what you made.

  46. Mac_xim says:

    Thanks for this nice tutorial.
    Here is mine :
    Keep up the good work !

  47. Fantastic tutorial – definitely the best fire effect I’ve come across. Thanks for sharing

  48. sinaYstudio says:

    Super tutorial!Thanks! Cool text effect!

  49. GeorgeYishun says:

    Hey guys! For those of you stuck on the bringing the fire from the other document after you highlight the “Green” channel. Here’s what I did

    At first I dragged and it came over colorless. To fix this, click back on the channels tab and make sure RBG is selected. When I first did Ctrl clicked, i selected the green only, and when I dragged the selection to the document I was working on it came over greyscale. I went back to the color channels and selected RGB so that it’s in full color, THEN just use the selection tool and DRAG the selection of fire to the subject you’re working on. Hope that helps some! Just mess around with it! you’ll learn more that way! Happy shopping! And thanks 10stepssg for AWESOME TUTS!


    • Babygirlbuffy says:

      Thanks for this! I was stuck for a while wondering how to convert from grayscale… guess that’s what happens when you try to design without sleep at 6:00am

  50. Star says:

    i soooo need help i am stuck have highlighted the green channel but have no idea how to get it into the 1 document your effect is awesome and would really love to finish the tutorial please help urgent!!!!!

    • Star says:

      ok worked out how to drap selection into 1 document but its still grey hellllllllllppppp please

  51. Jess says:

    Hi this is a great tutorial but i am a bit stuck any help would be good:
    i have use the eraser to blend the letters but when i go to use the liquify it is greyed out and i can’t access it. what am i doing wrong? is there something else i should be doing?

    any help will be greatly appreciated

  52. des1gner says:

    wow thank you Johnson I am from Iraq really I whant to be a friend to you I hope to message to me (I like you ! ).

    oh… my name is Mohammed

    nice to message to you. you have a great web site!


  53. Venece says:

    AWESOME Tutorial … I’m especially thankful for the Tipp with the Greed Layer to cut out the fire ! … that’s awesome man !

  54. Badhusha says:

    Fire Effect is Amazing!!! Thanks your Tutorial sir,

  55. muhammad bilal says:

    hi there , I am stuck at the 7 step bcoz i am not getting that how to put the fire on the type i followed your instructions but it is ‘n working

  56. Lupillo says:

    I got lost at 8 and I don’t get it

  57. baim adji says:

    Superb Text Effect…!!, thanks for make it possible for me to learn new things..
    look forward for your next ideas..

  58. rooly says:

    uhmm…well im stunned in the part when you move the fire…am… i have a question, the fire has to be in the same psd document?? or it can be in another… because when i move the fire… it only moves the highlight outlines…please…im stunned in this step so please help me ๐Ÿ˜€

  59. Paola Lozano says:

    tHanks, cool, short and well explained tutorial, I’ll recommend this tutorial and website in my blog ๐Ÿ˜€

  60. pawan says:


  61. pawan says:

    This is pawan

    It’s really nice,


  62. Roei CPO says:

    Nice tutorial, thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Dante says:

    From Mar del Plata, very good!

  64. Mafe says:


  65. minde says:

    I’m currantly stuck on about the 8th step. I don’t fully undertsand what to do.

  66. tyrannomiezie says:

    WOW, really nice outcome!
    Unfortunately I stuck at the point where the selection of the green channel is to be moved over to the other document… the fire remains b/w… but I can’t find my mistake… Could you please help?

  67. XD says:

    Hey !

    could someone please upload an example of a final picture

    in .PSD format somewhere !?!?

    canร‚ยดt make it.. would so love to have one.. and play arround with it !

    THX !!

  68. jaasir says:

    very good…………..keep going!

  69. e11world says:

    very nice tutorial. I like the detail and easy to understand. Thank you!

  70. Praneeth says:

    Awesome one but i am stuck in nd 2nd step itslef pls help me

    i crated d black background nd text nd d problem is u told to right click nd select blending options nd outerglow but i am not getting d color,spread size etc its showing me something different such as advanced blending fill opacity knockoutetc pls help meeee plsss

  71. so cool .. you the best

  72. MrEdwards1982 says:

    Fantastic tutorial!! It’s the only one I’ve gotten to work so far. Thank you Mr. Koh. You’re very talented.

    Here’s another great way to get a cool burning glow effect for the last step-

    1. Right click your text layer and select “Duplicate Layer”
    2. Move that duplicated layer under your original text layer
    3. Go up and select Filter–>Blur–>Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to 20px or higher depending on your taste.
    Good Luck!

  73. ptosh says:

    Wonderful effect! Thanks for easy to follow tutorial

  74. Awesome tutorial. Favorited!

  75. Omar says:


    it’s The Best Design Of His Kind That i have ever seen

    it’s my Work With My name[OMAR]

    I hope u like it

  76. Sameh says:

    best fire effect absolutely fantastic ..
    my gallery at deviantart

  77. Paul says:

    Can you make an action of this, plzzz? Plss send to my e-mail, thank you so much…^^

  78. Rรƒยดmulo (Brazil) says:

    Plager your tutorial John!

    I’m your Fan


  79. tki says:

    WOOOW… super cool ^^

    Good Job, and keep going ๐Ÿ˜›

  80. brum says:

    Very nice desing. Thx..

  81. Andrew says:

    Check this out!

    My face on fire in facebook using your awesome tut!

  82. Strajk says:

    Hi, I’ve used this tutorial to make a invitation to school party ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check it out and thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

  83. UNBORNE says:

    Loved this tutorial. Easy. Looks awesome!

    Here’s mine!

  84. no name says:

    tired that fire with that pic cant be done on sc3 did it in brushes there is no move like sc2 has

  85. Lars L. says:

    Thank you for this tutorial!

  86. Java man says:

    Nice Tut, I enjoyed very much.

  87. Junji says:

    Hey Johnson ..Its an awesome tutorial

    i’m newbie for Photoshop,when I drag fire to the Text ,The Fire was Grey and i can’t change it into Fire color like on your Tutorial..Please Help me

    I’m follow every steps on your tutorial

    • FreeZZa says:

      If you are in channels, choose the green one like in tutorial. The CTRL + Click and you have a selection. Then choose the RGB channel to get color in your fire. If you put the fire to the text now, you should have colors ^^.

      Have fun and GreeZ from Switzerland,

  88. Muralidharan Raju says:

    hmm hey johnson.. awesome effect..:) i once saw some smoky letters on internet somewhere i don remember.. but it was all blue in color.. i thought ur creation is same with only the color change from blue to fire color..

  89. Dhaval Patel says:

    How did you erase so good can you plz teach or put it on the tut because when i erase i get corners and all that in the pic plz teach us.

    • Johnson Koh says:

      Hi Dhaval, I usually use the Eraser tool with Soft Round type and a reasonable large size (around 50px and above) for erasing such flames/waves images. Some trials and errors involved so make sure your History list is long enough to handle them.

  90. tahir says:

    wooooooooow, its realy coor work

  91. fifi says:

    n thanks alot for this tutorial ,
    keep posting mr.koh

  92. Mark K says:

    Yes there are many fire text tuts out there. BUT YOURS IS THE BEST! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  93. Abin V Paul says:

    Nice Tutorial, Thankz

  94. Dan Phillips says:

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks a lot. Was real easy to follow.

  95. Rafael Braga says:

    Certainly is the best tut when we talk abou fire and typo

    Congrats and thanks .. =)

  96. Nick Pawson says:

    Loved it. here’s what i have so far. i’ll go a lot further with it. popped it together in an hour with your awesome instruction. thanks!


  97. Mark says:

    Loks cool. But I’m having issues with the erasing step near the beginning. Can you go into more detail about the settings u use? I’m a reletive n00b at this ๐Ÿ™‚

  98. vinay kumar says:

    It’s awesome.i never seen before.Thank you. it’s usefull for me.Again i apprciate you.Thank you very much.

  99. Todd says:

    Classy stuff mate

    Very refined

  100. matty says:

    i dont understand how too get the fire onto the text can you go into more detail please?

  101. Mike Whalley says:

    Great tutorial, I’m going to use it with my students. A useful tip might be to suggest the early steps could be saved as a action so you wouldn’t have to do so much work for the subsequent letters. : )

  102. lawrence77 says:

    Johnson u are rocking man… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  103. Mei Mei says:

    Great Tutorial. Thanks..

  104. someone says:

    Awesome fire effect but i have a problem in erasing the fire because its density because when i erase the fire so it fit the letter it become so bad and when i use the green channel it loose its fire effect and become dark and ussles not like real fire thanks for the great tutorial and sorry for my bad grammar

  105. Lam Nguyen says:

    I love this effect and I really surprised how simple you create the fire from a fire image.
    You did great! Thanks you

  106. parmo says:

    so nice…we’re wating for next

  107. MelonCat says:

    Awesome effect and great explanation howto, thanks!

  108. hockesytud38 says:

    um everytime i try to chang the color of satin or outer lay etc the gray stays there and cant change the color

  109. Andy says:

    wow, that’s the best fire i’ve ever seen. Awesome!

  110. Fallon says:

    I have a question. When you said to Ctrl + Left Click to select the highlighted areas, it just says that I could not use the move tool because not all channels were selected. But I am not even to that part yet.

    • Johnson Koh says:

      Hi Fallon, after you done the Ctrl+left click on the Green Channel layer, select the RGB Channel layer again. Then go to Layers tab and you can use the Move tool from there. I am sorry for the lack of clarity on this.

    • Fallon says:

      Thank you so much. This is the best tutorial I have ever seen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. DanOhh says:

    Another great one Johnson!

  112. Great tutorial, thank you Johnson! You have a teaching method that makes it easy to understand for the novice.

    Thanks again,

    Craig~The 7thDwarf

  113. Luis Lopez says:

    Excellent tutorial easier than I thought it could be, thanks for this new way to create fire letters.

  114. This fire text is actually differentรขโ‚ฌยฆรขโ‚ฌยฆ.and thanks for such a well explained tutorial. I am sure it will come in handy for me. Thanks once

  115. Riyaskmr says:

    its really superb fire effect. you have done a good work. Congrats…………..

  116. Eran Tal says:


    Awesome job on the tutorial,but i have problems already in the second step of the tutorial.I did a A4 Page and did it black and then put a font that i want but when i get to the blending options and put the outer glow,color overlay,satin and the inner glow,it doesn’t do like you have in the picture.
    I tried a couple of time but it just comes out the same thing.
    What do u think I did wrong?I hope you can help me!

    One again you did a excellent tutorial!


    • Johnson Koh says:

      Hi Eran, you may wish to adjust the values for each of the Blending Options. The values shown in this tutorial are meant for web sizes (approx 1000-1200 pixels). A4 Page with 300dpi is a rather high resolution. So every values have to be set higher in proportion as well. Let me know if you encounter further issues? ๐Ÿ™‚

  117. Amazing post bro, will surely come in handy for me.

  118. you had such a great work over there with some good tips. thanks

  119. dGjess says:

    why is that when i’m dragging the fire into the “1” doc is has no color??it’s black and white..

    • Johnson Koh says:

      Hi Jess, with the selection loaded (after ctrl+left click on the Green Channel), click on RGB Channel layer. Go back to Layers tab, and you can move the fire in color. Sorry for the confusion ๐Ÿ™‚

    • hngu7721 says:

      excellent tutorial, thx for all your work and effort

      i have the same problem and just cannot figure it out.

      1. i download the image onto desktop
      2. copy and paste into new tab in cs4
      3. make green channel selection and click on rgb and i’m able to move the fire image around
      4. how do i move it into original tab with the text? when i copy and paste from one tab to another, i just get the black/white version

      please help!

    • Ray says:

      Hi. I struggled a little with this myself but finally figured it out! You probably just misunderstood it like I did.

      Basically, you need to MARK all the channels. What I did when I read this was to just click on the eye (show/hide) for all the channels, which is wrong, cause I still only had the green channel marked. Hope you understood what I meant. ๐Ÿ˜›
      Good luck!

      And thanks for publishing one of the greatest tutorials I’ve seen so far!

  120. dGjess says:’s HOT ๐Ÿ˜€

  121. Metallian says:

    It’s a great tutorial and very easy to follow thanks. Can it be translated to spanish?

  122. Aithene says:

    Very nice tutorial. Getting this effect w/out a plugin is something most folks wouldn’t even try.

  123. Niyi says:

    I love this! Reminds me of Supernatural… awesome tv show.

  124. Esteban says:

    That was a great tutorial…Thanks!!!

  125. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks for the appreciations guys! ๐Ÿ˜€

  126. viperfra says:

    one of the better fire text tutorials around..

  127. Salmen says:

    Awesome effect…thanks for this tutorial ๐Ÿ˜‰

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