Quick and Easy Way to Create Flame in Adobe Illustrator


Time for some Adobe Illustrator again. Today I’ll be teaching how to make a vector fire/flame graphic in Illustrator in a few simple steps. This graphic can be quite useful in print media and also for web designing.

We have covered Photoshop at Designzz, even the business card templates I shared with you a few days ago were made in Photoshop, but since we haven’t covered much Illustrator in past, right now I’m focusing on tutorials which are very easy to make and don’t require much time.

Before you study this tutorial, let’s make something clear – these tutorials we make are just to inspire you. You should follow them, but after that you should make changes, manipulate the colors and make something of your own (and of course share it with me).

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Vector Flame in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

Open a blank document, the size doesn’t matter.

new file dialog box

Step 2

Select Pen Tool, and draw some rubbish. Yes, indeed rubbish. All we need right now is some lines, we’ll add more details later.

Illustrator Tuts

Step 3

Select Reshape Tool in the Scale tool pop-out menu and add some curves, like this.

Designing Vectors

Step 4

After some work, I got myself this:

Drawing in Illustrator

Step 5

I drew some other shapes which will provide extra detailing later on.

Tutorial of Fire


Step 6

Now I add colors. I chose these colors, but you can of course, change their values and even change the whole shade, you can make it a blue flame if you like.

Illustrator guide

Step 7

Now I add the shapes which I made for extra detailing and use them here and there. I used the same shape on the left side and then flipped it, used it again on the right side. You can also use the same objects at many places by just rotating, flipping and altering the size a little bit. This is a good practice you should follow if you are designer.

making graphics in Illustrator

Step 8

Added another shape and gave it a gradient fill. You can find the color values in the screen shot.

Illustrator graphic

Step 9

Now give a light yellow color to the small sized shape on the top so that it would seem like the core of the flame.


Final Result

Flame Tutorial in Adobe Illustrator

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  1. Sixfold April 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Nice tut!

  2. waseem April 2, 2011 at 1:17 am

    @sixfold Thanks

  3. Diana April 3, 2011 at 1:47 am

    cool!! :) tnx for sharing!

  4. Tajul April 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Looks professional what I expected.

  5. waseem April 4, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Thanks, Definitely it’s cool.

    Thanks, Now-days professionalism is everything

  6. Mohamad Salah April 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I must say this although its first time for me ever to comment on a tutorial online. GREAT JOB MOHAMAD, omg you nailed making that fire in illustrator to the tiny tiny bites of it. I was looking to improve my skill in illustrator about making realistic fires for a design project but found absolutely childlish approuches for making it!!

    Again great job man!

  7. waseem April 5, 2011 at 1:00 am

    @Mohamad Salah
    you know Mohamad, This was also my first time i wrote a tutorial online,
    GREAT JOB WASEEM :) I’m glad you found this tutorial useful, and thanks for the sweet comment.

  8. Mohamad Salah April 8, 2011 at 10:23 am

    sorry man I meant ofc your name not mine 😀 but I was so thrilled to write my own down 😀

  9. Hash December 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Great tutorial will save our team hundreds of hours but only issue is to utlise it properly for shapes like animal heads, horses on fire etc. Can you please guide us a bit on how to convert a normal horse or any other such shape to fire.

    Thanks a lot,


    1. Tayyab December 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Good idea @Hash

      I’ll consult our chief designer Waseem about this. You might see your tutorial in a few weeks, we publish tutorials on every Monday.

  10. graph March 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Hi Muhammad (Waseem)
    sir, on step 3, when i tried to use the reshape tool, all images are moving, I cannot sofen the edges, please advice

  11. graph March 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

    OK, i got it, first i have to select the shape with direct select tool (A), and then i can change the lines with the Reshape Tool, thanks anyway

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