Step-by-step Light a match on your PC

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Start with a blank can­vas 1

Cre­ate a plain white doc­u­ment with File > New > ‘Blank im­age’. Ours is 1,000 pix­els per side, but you can use what­ever di­men­sions you like. In the Styles pal­ette on the right, click the black rec­tan­gle and change it to or­ange. This is your paint colour. Then click the ar­row on the Paint Brushes tool to un­fold its menu and choose Air Brush. We’ve made it 20x20 pix­els wide.

Layer and paint 2

Cre­ate a new layer (Lay­ers & Ob­jects > Cre­ate New Layer) and make sure it’s se­lected in the Lay­ers pal­ette on the right. Now spray an or­ange blob onto your can­vas. Make it fairly large, since it’s eas­ier to make things smaller rather than larger, and aim for a vaguely pyra­mi­dal shape. You don’t have to be pre­cise – you’re us­ing an air­brush af­ter all. We’ll ad­just the shape later on.

Cre­at­ing a flame ef­fect 3

The Ef­fects Brushes live near the bot­tom of the tool pal­ette on the left. Click the down­ward ar­row for a drop-down menu to see all the Ef­fects Brushes avail­able. There is one called the Flame Ef­fect Brush, but ig­nore that and choose the Push Ef­fect Brush. Choose an ap­pro­pri­ate brush size, then use the brush to push your ‘flame’ up in the mid­dle, like a match that has been lit.

Fi­nesse your im­age 4

To get the shape right, make the brush smaller (we went to 10x10 pix­els) and use its smaller point to make a sharp peak in the mid­dle of your flame. Don’t worry too much about keep­ing the sides straight, as flames are con­stantly in mo­tion and a lit­tle wob­ble is to be ex­pected. Draw up­wards un­til you have a shape not un­like an ar­row­head, keep­ing the breadth at the bot­tom.

Flame out 5

Now select the Flame Ef­fect Brush and change your fore­ground colour to yel­low at the top right of the app. Paint along the cen­tre of your shape to give it a lighter core. Swap back to the Push Ef­fect Brush and smear your lighter patch around so it’s equidis­tant from the edges of your or­ange flame shape. You can do the same with white if you want an­other cen­tral colour.

Now use Colorize 6

When you’re happy with your shape, give it a burn­ing or­ange wash with Ef­fects > Colours > Colorize. Choose or­ange as your colour, and make sure the Ad­vanced con­trols are popped out, so you can change the colour wash’s blend­ing mode. We’ve used Add and achieved a hot-look­ing flame with a lot of yel­low in it. Ex­per­i­ment with the op­tions un­til you’re happy.

What’s burn­ing? 7

There’s no point hav­ing a flame if you don’t have some­thing to burn, so let’s cre­ate a match. Cre­ate a new layer as in Step 2, mak­ing sure to check the Trans­par­ent box for its con­tents, so the lay­ers be­low can be seen. Pop out the Shape tool, half­way up the tool­bar, and select the Com­mon/Pre-Made Shapes op­tion. Draw a long box that looks like a match­stick.

Stick it out 8

Keep­ing the shape se­lected, choose an ap­pro­pri­ate colour from the box at the top right. Now go to Ef­fects > More > 3D to open the Vec­to­rial Ef­fects box. Make sure you still have the match shape se­lected, and use the left and right ar­rows on the box to find Bevel. We have the an­gle at 0 de­grees, Level at 20, Light at 225 and Slope at 12, with Two Shades Bevel se­lected.

Match head 9

Cre­ate a match head by draw­ing a dark oval shape and give it the same bevel treat­ment as in Step 8. Use the Move/Re­size/ Ro­tate Trans­form tool near the top of the tool­bar to line it up with the match­stick, then use the Lay­ers pal­ette to move the flame to the top of the lay­ers stack, putting it in front of the stick. You can al­ter the blend­ing mode to make the flame ap­pear more ethe­real.

Flat­ten and save 10

Fi­nally, save your work as a Photo Pos Pro im­age file (.fpos) if you want to save your layer struc­ture, but note you won’t be able to open this file with any other soft­ware. If you just want to ex­port your cre­ation as a file you can open or share else­where, flat­ten the lay­ers down us­ing Lay­ers & Ob­jects > Merge/Flat Layer(s) and use Save As to ex­port your im­age as a JPEG or PNG file.

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