How to Add Fire Effects in Photoshop


Transform your next portrait image into a special effect scene worthy that of a superhero. In this Phlearn PRO Tutorial you will learn to add the most realistic fire to your photos. See how to clean a background, add fire, create custom brushes and much more.


  • 7 Sample Images
  • 3 Photoshop Brushes


Table of Contents

How to Add Fire Effects to Photos in Photoshop
  • 01 - Introduction to Fire Effects
  • 02 - Retouching the Subject & the Background
  • 03 - The Fire Effect
  • 04 - Finishing Touches

Learn Photoshop Special Effects.

Plan Your Vision

Every Photoshop project should start by creating a plan of action. Understanding your goals for retouching will help you to outline your editing process and ensure you don’t miss anything.

Make Perfect Cutouts

Follow along as we explain the correct tools and techniques to cut out the subject for this image. Learn how to use the Pen Tool to create paths and turn the paths into selections. Create incredible selections and speed up your background cleanup.

Add Fire

Learn how to add fire to a photo and make it look realistic. There are a few rules that you have to follow in order to make the fire look real, in this tutorial we teach you exactly how to make it happen.

Remove Distractions

Refine your images by removing unwanted distractions. Master multiple techniques that will allow you to remove literally anything leaving only the focal points you decide.

Human Torch

Heat up any scene with these tips and tricks for adding realistic fire.

Add Glowing Light

Fire casts light on everything around it, and in this tutorial you will learn how to bring the color and light of the fire to the rest of the image.

Create Reflections

Creating reflections in Photoshop varies depending on the surface that reflects your subject. Reflections might need to be smooth and clear, or other times blurry and distorted. Learn how to make reflections that apply to many different types of images.

Perfect Color Match

Create the most believable composite image by matching the colors perfectly. Learn how to adjust the colors separately between shadows, midtones and highlights to create an accurate and realistic color match.

Custom Photoshop Brushes

Create your own Photoshop brushes so you’ll always have the right brush for the job. Custom brushes are excellent for advanced retouching and adding special effects to your images.


  1. Exactly what I wanted. Im still amazed on how good Phlearn content is!!!

  2. loved this! Thank you so much for providing resources too. 🙂

  3. Incredible tutorial, the way you use curves is amazing. I learned so much today, thank you for another great teaching moment

  4. Hi Phlearn, it inspired me a lot. Great tutorial! May I know how many lights did you put, and what’s the lighting position for the raw image? Thanks!

  5. This was so much help really well done, put together and explained.

  6. Amazing tutorial. You mentioned you did the lighting during the shooting to match the color of the flames. Could you explain how you did the lighting and/or how to fake that lighting? That would be awesome!

  7. Awesome tutorial! A lot learned, but easy to follow.

  8. you are the best . thanks

  9. Ok, so all my reviews are going to be extremely good, as I am in love with the Phlearn family and all the incredible help you guys offer, for us around the world, to get better in our photography!

  10. Amazing tutorial. Thank you for the images to practice with and making it easy to get started. Highly recommended!!!

  11. Great tutorial. The fire files are amazing. Im just wondering how you guys did the lighting for the original image. i want to re create it.

  12. When I got Aaron’s (and I keep pronouncing “A-A-Ron”) tutorial, I was completely a novice at PS. I must have watched it numerous times wrapping my head around the whole masking and blending thing. This tutorial really expanded my mind on how to use PS and my photos together and push my limits. I’ve followed Aaron for years now and am thankful for a product that is easy to follow, and really teaches you something that you can use for other projects in many ways. This was my result from this particular tutorial, “the Voodoo that she-do”

  13. (verified owner)

    Watched the Video an did the Picture. Easy to understand and easy to do. Even for a german guy 🙂

  14. Amazing…. As always. Aaron is is so thorough and well spoken. One of the best teachers I have seen anywhere. It is obvious Aaron and the others at Phlearn love what they do, and are so generous with their time how can you not support them and buy some Pro tutorials. They are worth every penny.

  15. (verified owner)

    Never knew this would be so easy to do, your tutorial was very straight forward and very easy to follow. Thank you.

  16. Loved the tutorial! Is there any way to get the photoshoot’s lightning diagram? Im curious about how to replicate the light effects on the picture. Thank you! Ill Phlearn you later!

  17. I loved to imagine having powers…!! But I didn’t do the fire thing…I liked to contol water… Maybe you could make a tutorial on that…??

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