Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Photo-Realistic Candle with Basic Photoshop Tools



In this tutorial, I will teach you how to design a realistic looking candle from scratch, using only Photoshop's basic tools.
We'll be designing a nice candle, and a burning flame.

Let's get started!


End result:
Create a Photo-Realistic Candle with Basic Photoshop Tools Final Image

Author:
avatar nasirkhan

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Practice tutorial

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Step 1

Create new photoshop file of 800 x 1000 pixel filled with white background and name it Candle.


Step 2

Press Ctrl+Shift+N for creating new layer and type layer name "Candle"

1. Press G to select Gradient tool
2. Make sure linear gradient is selected
3. Double click to edit gradient


Step 3

Create four color gradient of color fdbc50 - db7c26 - 8f4f21 - 704c23 as shown in the image


Step 4

Create selection for candle shape with the help of rectangular marquee tool.
Press G to select gradient tool, hold left mouse button and drag from candle top to candle bottom.


Step 5

Press E to select eraser tool (brush size 80 with hardness 50) and erase from top and bottom as shown in the image. You can also use pen tool for perfect round deletion of candle bottom.


Step 6

Double click on background layer to make it normal layer and name it "background". Set foreground color to "212117", press alt+delete to fill this layer with foreground color


Step 7

Create new layer above "candle" layer and name it "flame". Now draw flame with white color using brush of size 15 with hardness 50


Step 8

Choose command outerglow from menu layer > Layer Style > OuterGlow and set parameters as follow. Use b18242 for glow color. Set spread to 7 and size to 46


Step 9

Create new layer "blue flame" above flame layer and set foreground color to 78789e and draw blue flame with soft brush. Set brush opacity to 20.


Step 10

Create new layer above "blue flame", name it "flame glow", create oval shape with elliptical marquee tool and fill with color f4b155


Step 11

Change blending mode of "flame glow" layer to lighter color. Press ctrl+d to deselect all. Appliy blur > Gaussian blur with radius of 9.5


Step 12

Create new layer namely "linen wick" above "flame" layer, set foreground color to code 35364b . Draw linen wick with soft brush (opacity 24) as show in the image.


Step 13

Select "candle" layer, press ctrl+shft+n for creating new layer, name it "shadow", make sure to click on "use Previous layer to created clipping Mask" and set blending mode to multiply . Press OK


Step 14

Select "shadow" layer, set foreground color to 854c21 , paint shadow as outline in the image below with soft Brush of size 80, with opacity 20, to give shadow to candle.


Step 15

Again select "candle" layer, Press ctrl+shift+n to create new layer, name it "highlights", make sure to click on "use Previous layer to created clipping Mask" and set blending mode to overlay . Press OK


Step 16

set foreground to color fde077, paint highlight as outline in the image below with soft Brush of size 80, with opacity 15, to give highlights to candle.


Step 17

create new layer on top of all layers and name it "highlight 02". Make highlight selection with marquee tool and fill it with white color.


Step 18

Press ctrl+d to deselct selection. Apply Blur > gaussian blur with radius 18


Step 19

Finally reduce opacity of "highlight 02" layer to 30.


Step 20

Have Fun!



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59 Comments:

avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

clearly written with a great result -- exactly what a tutorial should be

(4 years and 125 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Nice and detailed tutorial. Everything is so weel explained and easy to follow. Thank you very much, Nasir!

(4 years and 122 days ago)
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Guest says:

its fine

(4 years and 121 days ago)
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Guest says:

very nice

(4 years and 119 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks for that one

(4 years and 119 days ago)
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Guest says:

thanks for the tutorial...

(4 years and 117 days ago)
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Guest says:

Its a good try, however its not completely realistic. The candle flame, (any flame in this case) has several levels of heat producing areas... the most inner one is always blue because its the hottest part, followed by red and then orange

The approach and the result is fantastic .... but a great deal of appreciation goes for giving a lot of attention to detail. Thanks for the tutorial

Cheers,
Richie

(4 years and 117 days ago)
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Guest says:

Ni one cheers
Mpa

(4 years and 116 days ago)
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Guest says:

That's for sharing! Great tutorial!

(4 years and 114 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks a lot.

(4 years and 113 days ago)
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nice tutorials...thanks...

(4 years and 112 days ago)
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Guest says:

thank q very nice tutorial

(4 years and 112 days ago)
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Guest says:

thak's for this tutorial

(4 years and 112 days ago)
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Guest says:

Really nice tutorial..!! Thanks for sharing!

(4 years and 112 days ago)
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Guest says:

Very good tutorial with fine tips and details. Immediately want to try it out. Keep up the good work..Cheers.
Raji

(4 years and 111 days ago)
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Guest says:

thaks wow great

(4 years and 110 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow.. awesome.. keep goin..

(4 years and 110 days ago)
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Guest says:

I was just starting, I thank you very useful help

(4 years and 110 days ago)
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Guest says:

very nice good job

(4 years and 108 days ago)
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Guest says:

GREAT TUTOR

(4 years and 108 days ago)
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Guest says:

9/10

(4 years and 107 days ago)
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Guest says:

very cool!

(4 years and 107 days ago)
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Guest says:

great one there

(4 years and 105 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice yar

(4 years and 101 days ago)
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Guest says:

Great ..n the out come is jst great!

(4 years and 88 days ago)
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Guest says:

this tutorial is the best i've ever seen.....

(4 years and 87 days ago)
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Guest says:

wow marvelous!

(4 years and 86 days ago)
avatar EmiK
EmiK says:

Super = )

(4 years and 85 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice tnx

(4 years and 81 days ago)
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Guest says:

waw...........

(4 years and 81 days ago)
avatar lvstealth
lvstealth says:

great tutorial! thanks

(4 years and 65 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice tutorial

(4 years and 60 days ago)
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Guest says:

not bad!
yes thats how a tutorial should look like!

(4 years and 59 days ago)
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Guest says:

awesome

(4 years and 51 days ago)
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Guest says:

excellent tutorial....brilliant one.....now its my new home page

(4 years and 44 days ago)
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[banned] says:

amazing...this is what a tutorial should be! more power...

(4 years and 39 days ago)
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Guest says:

thank u ..its clearly written step by step..

(4 years and 33 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Im novice but u make me feel like...expert

(4 years and 24 days ago)
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Guest says:

what a wonder creations thanks

(4 years and 18 days ago)
avatar nishagandhi

wow cool tutorial!! nicely written Nasir!!

(4 years and 18 days ago)
avatar nasirkhan
nasirkhan says:

Thanks Nisha

(4 years and 18 days ago)
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gaurav says:

nice .... it is true tutorial

(4 years and 13 days ago)
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Guest says:

Hey there, I'm having some trouble with step 5/6 I'm afraid.
I was hoping someone could please tell me what I'm doing wrong...

I'm a complete beginner to photoshop by the way..
OK so I have selected the bottom section of the candle which I want to delete using the pen tool as directed... but when I follow the next step and fill the foreground with the color as instructed, I get a white section where I deleted out the bottom of the candle, instead of the dark uniform background color! argh!! I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong here!
Sorry for being useless haha

thanks in advance for the advice : )

(4 years and 7 days ago)
avatar nasirkhan
nasirkhan says:

Guest! when you fill selection with gradient , then deselect selection by pressing ctrl+D. Now select eraser tool and firstly erase from top as shown in the image. Then you need to delete from bottom to create candle shape. So ignore pen tool for a while and erase from bottom using same eraser tool with the help of mouse, (Use of Pen Tool is not simple for beginner, search net for pen tool tutorial and follow them, it will really help you in future.) .

Note that your current working layer should be candle. Hope it will help.

(4 years and 6 days ago)
avatar pingenvy
pingenvy says:

Very nice! Thank you!

(4 years and 5 days ago)
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nice tutorial, cheers ;D

(3 years and 357 days ago)
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aj says:

Awesome tutorial thanks for uploading

(3 years and 353 days ago)
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Guest says:

thank you!

(3 years and 335 days ago)
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[banned] says:

i have tried but some probl r there

(3 years and 324 days ago)
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[banned] says:

thanks for itttttttttttttt

(3 years and 312 days ago)
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shan [banned] says:

Nice! Thanks!

(3 years and 309 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Just what I was looking for, a nice real candle with a realistic look.
Many thanks

(3 years and 308 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Realy very nice tutorial

(3 years and 304 days ago)
avatar steed
steed says:

nice tutorial, am going to try this , thanx for sharing !

(3 years and 297 days ago)
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[banned] says:

wow this does look real!

(3 years and 289 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice tut............. well explained..................

(3 years and 286 days ago)
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[banned] says:

awesome... thank u.....

(3 years and 136 days ago)
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Guest says:

Simple And Helpful! Thanks!

(2 years and 103 days ago)
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Guest says:

Nice tutorial, easy to follow with great results. I was more comfortable using smaller sized brushes and played a bit with some opacity levels but I couldn't have done it without you! Thanks so much.

(340 days ago)


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