Quick and Easy Way to Create Flame in Adobe Illustrator

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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).

 Final Result

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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.

Tutorial

Final Result

Flame Tutorial in Adobe Illustrator

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Waseem Amjad is the chief Graphic Designer and official Photographer of Designzzz.com When he is not writing tutorials or creating freebies, he can be found in streets capturing photographs.
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12 Comments on “Quick and Easy Way to Create Flame in Adobe Illustrator” Join The Discussion!
  1. Sixfold says:

    Nice tut!

  2. waseem says:

    @sixfold Thanks

  3. Diana says:

    cool!! :) tnx for sharing!

  4. Tajul says:

    Looks professional what I expected.

  5. waseem says:

    @Diana
    Thanks, Definitely it’s cool.

    @Tajul
    Thanks, Now-days professionalism is everything

  6. Mohamad Salah says:

    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 says:

    @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 says:

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

  9. Hash says:

    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,

    Hash

    1. Tayyab says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

    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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