Creating real FIRE !

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Its gettin hot in here…! Inkscape Version 0.46
I was searching for a way to create real fire in Inkscape.

Now i got it! The magic word is…turbulence ! This is really a cool feature.
This tutorial is made with the development version build 5. mar 2008.
Let`s go:
First, change the background color of your document 100% black. Draw a rectangle ca. 600x 400 px. Then create the fire-filter.
Open the filter dialog: Object > Filter Effects .
Click the “new” button and get the effects “turbulence”/ “colormatrix” and “blur”.


turbulenz.jpg colormatrix1.jpg blur.jpg

Then you have to draw a fire shape along the (transparent) black lines like this:

Cut the shape with Object > Clip > Set and you have a real looking fire in Inkscape !

shape2.jpg Nice.

Now we add an text. Fill and stroke, gray / white alternate gradients:

text.jpg and with the fire: firetext.jpg

Nice too, but we make it perfect! We need smoke!
Use the calligraphic pen and draw some wavelike lines along the letters with white/alternate gradient fill.
Settings for the pen:


I don`t like the sharp contour. So i build another easy blur filter:


The result:

smokefilter.jpg Better!

Now we create smoke around the fire at the same way:


At last dubble the fire and scale it down.

Puhh. That`s it ! After these steps you could have a real looking fire effect! This is my finish picture:


Download the original SVG here.

Hope you like it ! Have fun!


8 thoughts on “Creating real FIRE !

    heathenx said:
    March 13, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    That’s a pretty neat looking effect. Great work!

    Courtney Miles said:
    March 14, 2008 at 12:08 am

    This is a really sweet effect.

    Note that your link to the SVG is wrong (too many http://'s in the address 🙂 )

    chrisdesign said:
    March 14, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Thank you for you comments!
    The link is correct now. 🙂

    Anonymous said:
    March 19, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Nice tutorial, but please disable that page snapshot plugin, it makes browsing your blog very annoying.

    […] chrisdesign blog – Creating Real Fire Tutorial  Online Video: Download […]

    Salman said:
    April 29, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Very nice looking effect. Don’t seem to work for me though and I’ve followed the instructions exactly.

    fenixproductions said:
    July 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Stopped working in Inkscape 0.4.7.

    Anonymous said:
    February 19, 2010 at 6:22 am

    It works for me in 0.47, but does not seem to export to a bitmap.

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