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Paint dabs Layers and Flame Painter 3 Pro Tutorial

paint dab layers for flame painter 3 Pro and photoshop

How to use single paint dabs in Flame Painter 3 Pro on layers to create fascinating paint effects

Paint Dabs

You can apply lovely strokes across the image with Flame Painter 3 Pro but you can also just add a single dab (of much complexity) to a single position. You can also apply multiple dabs to the same layer or just single paint dabs to a layer and then create a new layer and so on. You can then blend and manipulate those paint dab layers to build a complex image which can be used in other apps (packed with more effects such as Photoshop but equally other applications) to create a complex design

 

Basics for the Paint Dabs in Flame Painter 3 Pro

First, create a large document in Flame Painter 3 Pro for the paint dabs - no point in creating a small 200 x 200 document

 

1. new document, say 3000 x 3000

2. Layer and new layer (you want the brush dab to be on a layer for this tutorial)

3. Go to the tools

4. Set the size to small (20 or so) and span to small.

5. Set the soft, speed, center, focus, chaos, noise to the max

6. Set fade and detail low

7. go to the palette and select a gradient tab and gradient color (one with a range of colors for the dabs to change as you apply the brush)

8. go to the layer and the center and apply and hold down to see the colors change and the chaotic noise appear for the paint dab in Flame Painter 3 Pro - hold down in the center for as long as you want for the paint dab to grow and change. You can also change the gradient color / hue / saturation etc and keep changing that and applying multiple dabs to the same position (basically still one paint dab in the end once you start using the layers)

 

Avoid the edge of the design, that is why I have chosen the center and tried to keep many of the settings low so the paint dabs don't go over the edge

 

9. Create a new layer

10 change the gradient perhaps or not, and re-apply another brush stroke again in the center

11. and so on

 

Once you have created enough layers and dabs, you can stop. You can now also modify them

 

I would save the work at this point by going to the file and save command and save as a PSD file (you can also use the FPA format for Flame Painter 3 Pro but the PSD files means the work is supported in tools such as Photoshop etc)

 

Transforming the paint dabs in Flame Painter 3 Pro

You can continue now to work in Flame Painter 3 Pro and transform and shift the layers to create many different and interesting backgrounds. You can also, via the layer menu, duplicate those paint dabs (it is a pity there is no capture a layer and apply that as a paint stroke feature) and shift and size those designs

 

1. Click the transform button in the tools panel

2. shift and re-size

3. click ok

 

Great for creating fireworks designs. Of course, the brush designs I have created here are not the only ones you can create by this method - you can also create paint smeared dabs and many more in Flame Painter 3 Pro.

 

I have to say that transforming and shifting them in the application is harder than doing the same in a tool like Photoshop and that is the next stage (you can also use other applications if you don't have Photoshop). You cannot rotate the layers in Flame Painter 3 Pro etc either (hope that feature will be there with the next version)

 

Saving the work

The easiest way is to go to the file and save command and use the PSD format. Remember to set it otherwise the application will save the work in FPA format (and I am not sure of much support for that format).

 

Use the layers in Photoshop

Ok, once you are in Photoshop you can now open the file and you will see all the layers in the layers panel (you may have saved 20 or so layers or 6 or 7 but the key thing is that the artwork is in layers and the paint dabs can now be moved and modified by effects.

 

1. file and open

2. layers panel

3. Select layer and alt / option to duplicate the layer

4. transform / shift / rotate the layer etc

5. repeat with the paint dabs from Flame Painter 3 Pro

 

You can now just flatten the image or perhaps turn some of the layers into smart objects via the layer menu and smart objects and then add effects as well as adjustments just to that particular paint dab layer.

 

Adding effects to the paint dabs

Once you have finished with the layout and positioning of the paint dab layers (from Flame Painter 3 Pro) then you can flatten the image and then add effects such as oil paint. You can also just duplicate the entire set of paint dabs and then re-use them in different combinations and then use them as a smart filter which can be blended with smart filter effects and smart adjustments such as hue and saturation etc as well as layer effects (you can add bevels and shadows etc to the paint dab brush strokes)

 

You can then also use the history panel. Take a selection or perhaps drag the result of the work into the CC library (probably more useful) and then go back to the history state before flattening all the layers and then shift all the layers and transform and apply new effects as well as perhaps layer effects to the layers such as adding bevels or shadows to the paint dabs and then flatten that (and again save it to the CC libraries)

 

You can then drag the result of one set of paint dabs from the library and use that as a Photoshop layer and combine with effects such as oil paint and HDR toning along with blending modes to create all kinds of unusual designs.

 

Affinity Photo and paint dabs

The Flame Painter 3 Pro paint dabs can also be opened and used to great effect in other tools such as Affinity Photo and especially using the layers with some of their unique tools such as deform and mirror

 

1. open file

2. go to the layer panel

3. select paint dab layers from Flame Painter 3 Pro

4. Go to the filter menu and distort and select deform or perhaps mirror

5. apply filter

6. Re-apply or perhaps duplicate layers and shift

 

The result can also be re-input into other tools such as Photoshop or perhaps even Flame Painter 3 Pro as a layer and for more paint dab layers

 

Other tutorials

You can find many other tutorials such as

1. Flame Painter 3 Pro and Vector Layers for editable effects tutorial

2. Flame filter render in Photoshop and how to create amazing fire designs

3. Flame Painter 3 Pro and creating smoke / mist brushes tutorial

4. Flame Painter 3 Pro tutorials

 

Other resources

1. Flame patterns and fire seamless tiles for Photoshop, Flame Painter 3 Pro etc

 

Sources and references

1. Escape Motions Flame Painter 3 Pro