Paint dabs. How to use paint dabs and layers in Flame Painter Pro ? Firstly, create a new document, say 3000 x 3000 for the flames and paint dabs in the Flame Painter 3. Go to the Layer menu and new layer (you want the brush dab to be on a layer for this tutorial). Go to the tools panel and select the brush tool. Set the size to small (20 or so) and span to small. Set the soft, speed, center, focus, chaos, noise to the max. Set fade and detail low. Go to the palette and select the gradient tab and then select a gradient color (one with a range of colors for the dabs to change as you apply the brush) from the long display of gradients displayed or perhaps create your own settings. Go to the layer and the center and apply and hold down to see the colors change and the chaotic noise appear for the paint dab in Flame Painter 3 Pro - hold down in the center for as long as you want for the paint dab to grow and change. You can also change the gradient color / hue / saturation etc and keep changing that and applying multiple dabs to the same position (basically still one paint dab in the end once you start using the layers). Avoid the edge of the document and that is why I have chosen the center and tried to keep many of the settings low so the paint dabs don't go over the edge. For example - Create a new layer and change the gradient and re-apply another brush stroke again in the center And so on. You can apply lovely strokes across the image with Flame Painter 3 Pro but you can also just add a single dab (of much complexity) to a single position. You can also apply multiple dabs to the same layer or just single paint dabs to a layer and then create a new layer and so on. You can then blend and manipulate those paint dab layers to build a complex image which can be used in other apps (packed with more effects such as Photoshop but equally other applications) to create a complex design. Once you have created enough layers and dabs, you can stop. You can now also modify them. I would save the work at this point by going to the file and save command and save as a PSD file (you can also use the FPA format but the PSD files means the work is supported in tools such as Photoshop etc). You can continue now to work in FP and transform and shift the layers to create many different and interesting backgrounds. You can also, via the layer menu, duplicate those paint dabs (it is a pity there is no capture a layer and apply that as a paint stroke feature) and shift and size those designs. Click the transform button in the tools panel and Shift and re-size and Click ok. It is great for creating fireworks designs. Of course, the brush designs I have created here are not the only ones you can create by this method - you can also create paint smeared dabs and many more in Flame Painter 3 Pro. I have to say that transforming and shifting them in the application is harder than doing the same in a tool like Photoshop and that is the next stage (you can also use other applications if you don't have Photoshop). You cannot rotate the layers in Flame Painter 3 Pro etc either (hope that feature will be there with the next version). You can save your work for use in other applications such as PS (in PSD format). The easiest way is to go to the file and save command and use the PSD format. Remember to set it otherwise the application will save the work in FPA format (and I am not sure of much support for that format). Ok, once you are in Photoshop you can now open the file and you will see all the layers in the layers panel (you may have saved 20 or so layers or 6 or 7 but the key thing is that the artwork is in layers and the paint dabs can now be moved and modified by effects. For example, File and open and goto the layers panel and then select layer and alt / option to duplicate the layer. Transform / shift / rotate the layer etc. Repeat with the paint dabs from Flame Painter 3 Pro. You can now just flatten the image or perhaps turn some of the layers into smart objects via the layer menu and smart objects and then add effects as well as adjustments just to that particular paint dab layer. Once you have finished with the layout and positioning of the paint dab layers then you can flatten the image and then add effects such as oil paint. You can also just duplicate the entire set of paint dabs and then re-use them in different combinations and then use them as a smart filter which can be blended with smart filter effects and smart adjustments such as hue and saturation etc as well as layer effects (you can add bevels and shadows etc to the paint dab brush strokes). You can then also use the history panel. Take a selection or perhaps drag the result of the work into the CC library (probably more useful) and then go back to the history state before flattening all the layers and then shift all the layers and transform and apply new effects as well as perhaps layer effects to the layers such as adding bevels or shadows to the paint dabs and then flatten that (and again save it to the CC libraries) You can then drag the result of one set of paint dabs from the library and use that as a Photoshop layer and combine with effects such as oil paint and HDR toning along with blending modes to create all kinds of unusual designs. The Flame Painter 3 Pro paint dabs can also be opened and used to great effect in other tools such as Affinity Photo and especially using the layers with some of their unique tools such as deform and mirror. For example, Open file and Go to the layer panel and Select paint dab layers from FP3 and Go to the filter menu and distort and select deform or perhaps mirror. Apply filter and then Re-apply or perhaps duplicate layers and shift. The result can also be re-input into other tools such as Photoshop or perhaps even FP and you can then continue to add even more paint dab layers to your artwork.
Smoke mist. How to create a smoke effect / brush stroke in Flame Painter 3 Pro Tutorial. There is a brush preset called wisp and flame (if applied in white) can be pretty good and also you probably can find a smoke effect / mist etc on the web or perhaps even a download from the official site. If you want to create your own smoke brush stroke in FP, these are the steps to use. Create a layer via the layer menu and new layer command. It makes it a lot easier just to delete the layer and also you can add multiple layers as well as combine with a blur effect to add some depth to the smoke brush stroke. Set to 'flame' and the following and set the color to white. Blending set to lighten and opacity 4 and size set to 240 and span 10 and soft to 88 (you want it high but not too high). Speed to 28 and center 0 and focus 100 and chaos to 78 and focus between 90 and 100 and chaos set to 100 and noise 100. Fade 0 and detail 1 and fill option. Once you have the settings then you can apply the smoke brush strokes in Flame Painter 3 Pro. Apply the brush stroke using a mouse and apply it with a flowing motion and try to avoid stopping in any position. A good way to apply the smoke brush effect stroke is to start off screeen at the bottom to avoid (if possible any bursts of light - it is tricky and unless really intense, doesn't really spoil the smoke effect). When you finish the brush stroke it is probably best to go off the edge of the image to avoid the smoke / brush stroke being applied any more and concentrating in one area. Apply a blur effect via the filter menu and blur (set to 20 or so). Create a new layer and then re-apply brush stroke with a flowing and swirling motion. FP has some amazing features and really amazing brush strokes but it is limited when it comes to effects as well as adjustments and color effects etc so you can always use the save command to save the work as a PSD file etc and use that in Photoshop. You can then apply effects to the FP smoke brush strokes such as adding oil paint effects to the smoke to create a weird smeared smoke brush stroke. You can also use the FP brush strokes as a great source for new brushes in Photoshop by using the edit menu and define command. You can create all kinds of variant smoke effects using filters in Photoshop as well as other tools such as Affinity Photo. Video tutorial about the subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)
Vector layers. How to use the vector layers / paths in Flame Painter 3 Pro tutorial ? How to manipulate the vector path ? Basic steps are Layer menu (for the vector layers in Flame Painter 3) and then New vector layer and then apply brush stroke. Change the settings via the edit vector layer (little tilde on the top of the tools panel) as well as the flame and brush etc by clicking edit vector layer at the top of the tools. You can create a short vector path with FP 3 or a long more complex path. Quick path for the vector layer to work with. I would recommend adding a quick brush stroke with the vector layer, so it only generates a few points. You can create a huge vector path (only one per layer) with FP 3 and you may find it hard to edit the path as a lot of points will be added on top of each other. A small simple path is probably easiest to tryout but you can easily go for a longer brush stroke vector path later. For example, apply quick brush stroke and very short) and then go to the top bar and select the edit vector layer tool (last in the line). Click the edit tool in the edit vector layer line of tools and you will see the points. Click on a point and move it back and forth to see the flame painter effect change. You can also click on the + and - button and that means you can add a point (where there are none) or click an existing point to remove / delete it. Change some settings in the flame as well as the brush. With the short path, you can also just straighten out the path by using the edit tool as well as perhaps remove some points by using the + and - button. You can make a single path with two points. You have to have two points so once you have deleted the others, you will have a start and end point. As you delete points, you will see more and more of the flame paint effect disappear but at least you end up with the core line (it is a pity that the tool doesn't offer a small selection of default paths for you to use such as a basic curve or wave and a straight line). With a very simple straight path and using the flame brush, you can see the effect at close hand. Obviously you don't have to go to just create a very basic path and you could just create a truly extreme path and then shift points around to create intense flame designs in all kinds of ways but with the basic path you can see how changing settings affects the end result. Set the size low and the flame lines vanish, set the size high and you will see a lot more lines spewing out towards the end point. Set the speed high and the lines become a fuzz of lines and are hard to make out. Changing the center controls the spread of the flame painter lines that make the overall result. Set the focus focuses the lines and set it to zero and lines all but go everywhere. Chaos is also a spread control as well. Some of the controls interact to generate different results so it is not a case of one pushes the lines one way and that is that, they often require the other settings to be set at a certain value, high or low or in the center (don't forget that either) OK, the straight line path is quite boring and rarely achieves much so please create a slightly more dramatic brush stroke by using one of the default brushes. For example, create a new vector layer and paint a more complex path with more points using one of the standard tools - creating an intense flame design. Now when you click on the edit vector layer and edit tool, you will see a lot more points to work with. Select one of the middle points and drag away from the line and you will see the flame follow the new path. Reduce the size setting and you will see the flame shrink. You can also modify other settings such as the speed and center and focus and you will see the dramatic changes to the flame effect when you do. Speed is a pretty key one for spreading the flames around the image and away from the center line even with a low size setting. The other settings will have little impact when the size is low but speed really changes the spread of the artwork. Soft is an unusual setting and increasing it will make the flame shrink back to the initial point. One of the more interesting tools to manipulate the flame path is probably the edit vector layer 'curve transform' as you can then re-size the entire flame and also rotate it. For example, Go to the edit vector layer line and select the curve transform. Re-size using the bounding box as well as rotate the angle of the entire path. Of course, you can also modify the other settings such as size but the real effect comes from the transformation. There is also another curve transform and that is beside the previous one and it is the init curve transform which modifies the source point and the birthplace of the flame. Turning and re-sizing the init curve transform changes a variety of spreading and how the lines squeeze together and you can rotate and scale as well as shift the initial point. The display shows a complex red grid of lines but they are not editable and perhaps that is the key source for the flame paint. Some of the dramatic differences in the flames can be from moving from fills to lines. Click the fill or lines (found next to the fade slider). Use the edit tool to manipulate the lines. If using lines, you can see the flow of the flames much easier though the result looks less like actual flames and more abstract. You can duplicate the vector layers via the layer panel or via the layer menu and duplicate command. You can repeat this and create multiple vector paths. You can also create a new layer and then add a new vector path to that. Once you have multiple paths, you can also change the vector paths using the edit vector tools and you can create all kinds of unique flame designs using the different paths. You can also then use the powerful blending modes in the Flame Painter 3 Pro layers panel. You can also change the settings and add and remove points for each path. You can also change the color of the individual vector paths so one path can be in yellow and one can be in red and another can have a blending mode of darken or difference etc. You can then build up all kinds of complex designs of flames. If you want a totally different flame applied to the flame painter 3 pro path then you can go to the brushes panel and just click one of the presets and then that is added to the existing path (the path is not deleted) and all the points etc are the same. Select the path and layer and then go to the brushes panel. Apply a brush to the vector path
Create Gradients. How to add a new gradient preset in Flame Painter 3 Pro ? FP includes a number of related presets. To use them, simply select the brush tool and select a preset from the brushes panel. Go to the palette and then set the color to gradient (the tool may already be set to that but it is likely that the brush is using color). The preset means the color applied via the brush will take the range of colors from the preset so if you have a preset of red and white, you will end up with red and white in your brush stroke. FP comes with a large range of presets and you can see them in the palette. You can select one of the presets and then go to the individual stops (the little blocks below the top gradient bar). Click the stop and then go to the other side of the palette and select one of the solid color swatches (or use the color picker) so changing the preset from red to yellow etc. Select another stop and then change the color for that. You only have 9 stops to change. You can set them to any color. You can click the right side button to rotate through the colors (it doesn't change the colors but just shifts the stop colors to the next stop). You can also click the flip button to flip the stops so the first stop becomes the last stop etc. You can also use the hue and saturation and lightness sliders to modify all the sliders so the hue will change for all the stops so all the reds will become orange etc) and with saturation you can reduce or increase the saturation for all the stops. You can also increase the brightness and decrease the lightness of all the stops. Go to the bottom of the panel and click the '+' button to add the newly created preset. You can then see the colors shine through when you apply your new brush stroke. Video tutorial on the subject of gradients in FP (youtube)
Gradient layers. How to use gradients in Flame Painter 3 Pro with layers to create all kinds of super colorful combinations. The key panels here are tools and palette and layers and they can all be found via the window menu. Once you have the panels. Go to the layers and add a new layer via the '+' at the bottom and then go to the tools and select the fill control (a little teardrop). Go to the palette and select the gradient tab and then select a preset there or manipulate the presets such as rotate or add new stops etc. Once you have that, set the direction either horizontal or vertical in the fill and then click the document to add the color. Go to the layers and then add another layer and then select another preset in the palette and then click the document either vertical or horizontal. Repeat this add layer and fill multiple times and you will have a set of layers with the colorful blends. You can also go to the brush tool and apply a brush stroke with the preset as well as a new layer. You can then go to the layers panel and the blending modes at the top and set them to difference or darken or overlay etc and the combinations of the layers and presets will create a super colorful design (difference often works well). You can also apply effects to the layer such as blur and glow via the filter menu (there are not many). Of course, you can also export the layers to Photoshop via the PS button at the bottom of the layers panel or just save the work as a Photoshop image (file and save menu) PSD and use the layers in Photoshop to blend them. You can add 3 or 4 or more layers and combine them. You can also transform the layers with the color effects via the tools panel and transform button but that is limited to scaling the layer (there is no rotate) but you can scale the layer to greater than the size of the document as well as make a smaller layer that can be then duplicate and tiled or fill the design with multiple different color presets. You can also use the merge layers command to merge the layers (layers menu and merge command) and then create new layers to combine with that merged layer. Video tutorial on how to use colorful presets with layers (youtube)