The Render Flames tool in Photoshop is a very powerful and dynamic tool that lets you add fire in just a few steps where there otherwise wasn't one in your photo. In this video, I demonstrate step by step how you can have Photoshop render a fire into a fireplace. The same process can also be used to artificially light candles or add fire to an outdoor fire pit in your twilight photo if it wasn't possible to do so while shooting. To drive the effect home, I also show you how you can add a warm glow around the fire and a reflection of the fire on the floor in front of the fireplace.
As with just about everything in Photoshop, there are a few ways to achieve these effects. How do you accomplish a similar result in your photos? Is this something you use regularly in your workflow? Do you offer this as an add-on service?
Garey Gomez is a real estate and architectural photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the 2019 PFRE Photographer of the Year, and the creator of the Mastering Real Estate Photography tutorial series.