Published on March 11, 2023

Flame text effect (text on fire)

In this blog I’ll show you how to create a flame or fire text effect in Adobe Photoshop.

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Step 1: Create file and text

First create a new file. My file is 1920 x 1080 pixels (resolution 150). You can use a different file size, but then you will have to use different settings. I will get back to that later.

Also pick a background color while creating the new file. I make the background black.

Then select the horizontal type tool. Pick a font and type your text. It doesn’t matter what color the text is.

Press CTRL+A to select your text. Increase the tracking, so there’s enough space between your letters. I’ve increased it to 50. Then click on the ✓ icon.

Create text

Press CTRL+T to activate free transform. You can now resize and/or move the text.

Step 2: Fire text effect

Right click on the text layer and select ‘create work path‘.

Make the text layer invisible (click on the eye icon). Then create a new layer. You will still see the work path now.

Create work path

Navigate to ‘Filter > Render > Flame‘. If you get a notification saying the path is longer than 3000 pixels, you can just click OK to continue.

You can find the settings I used in the image below. As I said before, these setting will give a different result if you have a different file size.

If you want, you can change the flame type. I prefer option 5. You can also adjust the rest of the settings to see what difference that makes.

Fire text effect

You can also adjust the settings under advanced. You can see the settings I used in the image below.


And that’s how you create a flame text effect in Adobe Photoshop!

Fire text effect

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