I saw an entry with water effect, how about fire :D?
This image of phoenixes I made for other contest, and this contest gives me chance to bring it to Pxleyes. Every comments and suggestions are very welcome.
Credits comes to: Falln stock, Greencheck, Sitara Leota stock, Felixdeon, and dark dragon stock on DA, the other stocks are from Flickr, under the Creative Commons, adaptable.
Actually it's hard to recognize all the nebula photos from the final picture, but when I started, I had no idea what the last product will look like, so I still use them.
I didn't make the detail SBS for this work but I have the animated work in progress that you can see in the SBS, hope this helps.
To create the fire, I basically used the brush to paint, and use the fire pattern which can be download from here: http://www.obsidiandawn.com/fire-photoshop-patterns. I also use some smoke brushes to enhance the effect http://photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-downloads/photoshop-brushes/real-smoke-photoshop-brushes.html (5 years and 1958 days ago)