Tweaking Procreate Fire Brushes to Make Them Realistic

When I started out with digital art, I worked on photoshop with a Wacom Intuos (wow, what a shocker! 🙂 ) It was a great combo and I loved it. At least for a while. Some years later, however, being a mum of two, it was impossible to set up my working space and actually work. Needed something portable that I could use eg in bed, before sleep, pretty much the only time of the day I could relax and scribble something. So, I ended up with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and procreate. A pretty much incredible combo as well, but this is a topic for another post. Here, we’ll talk about procreate brushes. Procreate Fire brushes to be exact.

As procreate is relatively new and quite uncommon among professional digital artists, (which is quite unfortunate, there are only limited things that can be done in photoshop and not in procreate) there aren’t many brushes available. So, I decided to create my own. You can get them from my Etsy Shop:

Here I will show you how I tweak my fire brushes to make them look more realistic.

And the best part: It is a 3-click process and can be done in photoshop as well! 🙂

When brushes are used as a stamp, the effect is like this:

Flame brushes 1 - procreate

Quite dull and monochromatic, but it can be improved easily. All you need to do is duplicate the layer,

Fire brushes 2 - procreate

set blend mode to “overlay”,

Fire brushes 3 - procreate

and adjust brightness to achieve the effect you wish.

Fire brushes 4 - procreate

This is what our little flame looks like. To further enhance it, duplicate this new layer.

Looks pretty harsh at the moment, you can adjust the opacity to make it look more realistic.

And voila! Your badass flame is ready, indistinguishable from a real one!

Get these brushes from my Etsy Shop:


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2 Responses

  1. Just bought this brushset and I think it will work out really well for me. I do wish they were a little bigger for larger scale print pieces. But other than that, I’m overall pleased.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment! Tha’s the kind of feedback I am looking for, in order to create more helpful resources. I will see if I can recreate the same brushes, but bigger.

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