If you read Renderosity Magazine, you know there is a new version of Flame Painter. Here's the review Nick made, in case you missed it and want to know what you can do with it and what's new (hint: it's great!). I wrote the review for the previous version and I loved it, so I also had to take a look and see what's new and what I can do with it.
One of the many great uses Flame Painter 4 has is the ability to embellish photographs. In this video, I've recorded a full session of playing to embellish a photograph I found on Pixabay.
I'm going to describe to you the key points and steps, so you can have some fun with your photos, too. I've used many of the new features and, as you can see, I've been able to complete the full project within Flame Painter 4, without having to leave the app once. This goes to show you can do a lot with this great program.
If you can see for yourself, you can download a demo here.
Embellishing a photograph is a great excuse to have fun while trying the different particle systems and all the brushes. You'll see me trying a lot of different brushes and undoing, until I find one I see visually fitting in my composition.
First, I pick a palette that I think will suit my photo. Then, in the brushes panel I set them to not use the gradient or color they were created with, so each time I change the brush, the gradient I chose will be the one I sample the brush with and will use for my strokes. I'll change the gradient now and then, but with the colors I had in mind, so I'll have differences, but within my palette.
I create a new layer every time I committed to a brush and a stroke I liked, so I leave that one alone. I even lock it, so I can't change it accidentally.
I played a lot with the brush opacity, so I could find the right subtlety when I wanted.
You'll even see me use normal blending brushes with a plain black or dark color to make a vignette effect for the borders and accentuate the shadows on the ground.
One of the most used features for embellishing a photo is the layer blending modes, which works similar to Photoshop. This is key to take the possibilities you have for these magical tools to a new level. Also, don't forget to play with the layer ordering when using blending modes, because this will affect the image drastically.
When I want the illusion of a stroke of light to wrap around something, I take the eraser tool and eliminate the parts that would go behind the subject.
I'll use some brushes to give some light streaks to the guitar, and some other to create some magical wildflowers on the grass. As you can see, there are tons of effects you can use to make your image whole!
This was just a project I did to have some fun while exploring Flame Painter 4's new particle systems and brushes. But if you follow these tips for your own projects, you'll have great results. I hope you try them!
Here's another embellished photo made with the same techniques:
And you can see many more ideas of what you can make in the Flame Painter Gallery.
Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links:
Barbara Din YouTube Channel