the pyrotechnics thread


i need some nice fire and smoke effects for this piece right here:

But i haven’t got a clue as to how to render those.

can anyone help me out?


Homeworld 3?

btw, your thread’s going to be moved…:slight_smile:

I was going to say :wise:press <F10> and then <enter>, but it’s 2d I see. I’d suggest to check over at the 2d forum in a wihile, to look for your thread I guess.


Oh…I thought we were getting together to talk about making bombs…:twisted:


Funny you should say that, I just thought I saw an FBI server ligt up.


well, i was kinda hoping that the artists here would gather all their photoshop tricks as to make things burn and go up in smoke, or at the very least PM me a short tutorial.


Well what does that mean?

What do you think we are? Vendor machines? I feel rather insulted…ACTUALLY…:rolleyes:


i got a quarter. it’s shiny.


gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme…


/me inserts quarter.


kerclick…crnk-hwp, you are granted one analysis… please wait for the system to enable it’s intelligence…


error…systems not found…press <F1> to continue…


hey :cool:I just swallowed a quarter :smiley:


well, to be more specific, i’m trying to render trails of flames that slowly turn into black smoke. i think i can do it, but i can’t seem to find the right brush that will let me do this quickly.


kinda like this:


you need the Studio Professional version of Painter that has the smoke-trails in the presets aka “Ryan Church” brush packages. ive seen it bundled before, and its fantastic!

  1. Observe real smoke and fire in videos, photos, in real life…etc.

  2. Learn how to use the brushes in your chosen painting software effectively.

  3. Refer to your observation material in #1, and then try to paint something like it.

  4. If you don’t know how to paint in the first place, then that’s something you need to work on, and it takes a lot of time and practice and observation. It usually takes years for someone to get goodat it.


Well actually, try working with the coloursampler too, you pick some colours for the fire of the image itself, then use those to paint in flames. then slowly overpaint with the smoke colour, afterwards you could blend light colours into the smoke. while blending you’ll probably find some colours you want to use elsewhere in the smoke, so keep that itchy finger on the alt buton, :beer:

I’ve had a site recommended to me for all sorts of brushes, I think it was something like that. Probably something useful for clouds works best.

't was a fun encounter my friend. I do so love nibbling quarters.:wavey:


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