Corey has a cool trick for creating a fire brush form a photo of clouds.



  1. Matt 29 July, 2011 at 19:41 Reply

    Hey Mr. Barker, this tutorial is – sweet! There really is an infinite number of things to do with the brush tool. Also, I do have a intuos 4 med. per your suggestion, and OH Yeah!
    One of Best investment’s I have made.


  2. Matt Holloway 31 July, 2011 at 10:40 Reply

    Cory, You never seise to amaze me. This is a great tutorial and I am sure to use this technique allot. I would love to see how to use this in After Effects.
    Keep up the good work!

  3. Photojunkie 2 August, 2011 at 03:51 Reply

    Love the way you use the channels, lots of photoshop users are steering away from channels and using 3rd party tools and also new tools in side photoshop for selections and defining blacks from whites etc, but you still carry some old school tricks up your sleeve and its great.
    This was a great tutorial 1st because of the skills that you have taught people and 2nd because of the way you teach them.
    good job CB.


  4. Shelby 4 August, 2011 at 14:44 Reply

    Hey Corey,
    Just wanted to shoot you a HUGE thank you. Just bought Adobe CS5 for work and they don’t give you much time to get up to speed before assigning you projects. Your tutorials have been a life-saver!

  5. RJ 8 August, 2011 at 00:39 Reply

    I tried using this technique but had no luck. I followed as per your instructions however used a different cloud image. I usually get a box around the image when i create the brush. The glows do not come out as nice as yours.

    Any help or suggestions?

  6. Nel 9 August, 2011 at 01:43 Reply

    hey Corey,

    Would you mind doing the showtime’s Californication poster. The one with Hank Moody under the swimming pool. It’s a really cool poster. Really want to see how they made it.


  7. Stevo 10 August, 2011 at 08:41 Reply

    This video is why you are the best. You have helped me since I first started designing & you still amaze me. You’re the best man, thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  8. DS 11 August, 2011 at 20:07 Reply

    Great tutorial, but I cant get the define brush preset to be active it stays grayed out, I have ps5, I have tried it image using a jpg, a smart object and even a psd. No idea what I am doing wrong I have your tutorial on while doing it step by step. Help Please…….

  9. JimP 13 August, 2011 at 21:56 Reply

    Thanks Corey… the tutorial was excellent… found my fire in a thuderstorm photo I had and grabbed a piece of it… following the tutorial was very easy.. great results here..
    Also though… thanks for the insight to look beyond the image in front of me and to add some imagination…

  10. Stefan 18 August, 2011 at 06:30 Reply

    Cory, guys, anyone!!!

    Is there any way to creat a brush and keep the colors? I’ve played with patterns and it kinda works but more like a wallpaper, rather than brush… Would really appreciate your help!


  11. Henry Feldman 18 August, 2011 at 12:10 Reply

    That’s the difference between a professional and amateur. A professional looks at an accident and realizes how to use it to their advantage. Like watching us cook versus a high-end chef, when something doesn’t quite go right.

    Great tutorial, and really makes you think much more about brushes… Definitely adding this to the arsenal. Thanks for all the tutorials that you make.

  12. Rmilanov 29 August, 2011 at 23:32 Reply


    I am experiencing the exact same problem that DS stated on August 11. The “Define Brush Preset” remains in an inactive state (grayed out) in Photoshop CS5 Extended, Windows 64-bit, version 12.1 of the software release. I also tried using a JPG image, a Smart Object image, and a PSD image to no avail.

    Please Advise!

  13. Bret 11 September, 2011 at 23:27 Reply

    YES! Corey is the man. Another awesome tutorial. Clicked on Satin in layer styles and it adds even greater possibilities. But yet! there’s more. Make pattern of clouds and turn pattern overlay on, use new pattern, set to difference. It’s never ending. Thanks again Corey.

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