Thinking about using flaming text on your site? Think again! Any special effects can look pretty bad if they’re abused. But if you do have a good reason and NEED flaming text, here’s an easy method to get legible, firey looking text.
By the way, I wrote this because I kept seeing requests for “how do I make flaming text?” in web and graphic design message boards. So here you go 🙂
Here’s something similar done in Photoshop. I’ll write instructions if anyone’s still interested.
Make a new image in the size you want. Paint the first layer black. You can change this color if you want, but it helps in viewing the full flame effect.
Now select red as your foreground color and yellow as your background color, and click on your text tool.
Under style, leave the stroke as red, but click on the tiny triangle for your fill and change it to gradient. Choose the foreground to background gradient and click the box that inverts the gradient so you’ll have yellow at the bottom and red at the top. Make sure the angle is set to 0 so the gradient goes straight up. Oh, and make sure your text is set to Vector and is antialiased.
Click OK then go back to the image to stretch it to the size you need, then you’ll want to edit the text again (tool options menu is one easy way to get to this) to fix the spacing between letters, etc. Once you’re done click OK again to go back to your image.
Go to Layers / Duplicate, then Layers / Duplicate again. Now click on Layers, and making sure that Copy of Copy has the checkmark by it, choose to convert the layer to raster. Now go to Layers / Properties and change the blend mode to lighten and set the opacity at about 70%.
Go to Effects / Blur / Gausian Blur, and set the radius at about 4. This is to add a little glow around your text. You can experiment with the settings a bit to get the size of glow you want. Just don’t overdo it.
Now go to Layers / Copy of (as opposed to copy of copy of..) and choose to rasterize it as well. Go to its properties, set it to hard light, and click the little box that says lock transperancy.
Now click on your tube tool (it looks like a stamp) and under the tool options pallete choose the flame tube. Paint your text with flames.
All that’s left to do now is to go over your layers and change the tweak the opacities a bit until you get the effect you want.
Here’s what I ended up with.
Maybe next week I’ll show you how to make BETTER flaming text in Photoshop, but for PSP this method is easy and works well. Enjoy!