AlphapPlugins. The beautiful filter plug-ins for Adobe compatibles graphical editors like Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, CorelDraw, Painter and etc. Adobe Photoshop CS2-CS6, CC2017 plug-ins

AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in for Adobe Photoshop

Filter pluginsAdobe After Effects CS3 Filters

AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in for Photoshop

Contents

 

Introduction

AlphaPlugins FireFor is an incredibly handy Photoshop filter for creating natural-looking smoke and fire effects. An effortless, intuitive process helps you achieve attractive and realistic results. Dive right in and experiment with the plugin’s power, using factory presets like wizard palettes of key flame and smoke effects that can be applied with the simple click of a mouse.


Main Features

Realistic Fire:

AlphaPlugings FireFor is a high-end tool for adding realistic fire effects in Photoshop projects. Its engine is specially designed for used in high-res, multilayer compositions and produces incredible fire effects in real time. The result is better productivity and attractive results.

Naturalistic Smoke:

In imagery, smoke enhances the realism of fire. That’s why our plug-in contains built-in features for adding smoke, with additional parameters to vary intensity, color, turbulence, size and more. For more sophisticate compositions, warm-colored smoke can be used as an additional underlying fire layer.

Smart Source:

Compared to using a stock image of fire, adding fire to images with a plug-in filter allows you to shape the fire as needed. AlphaPlugins FireFor contains powerful, smart features for burning fire along a custom drawn paths, selection masks, texts, and contours.

Well-Though UI:

AlphaPlugins FireFor is a real tool what should be useful in practical work. We spent many time to make interface of plug-in convenient and clean. Many features can be adjusted intuitively and native like you work with a real physical object. For clearance, only essential parameters are presented and these are concluded in thematic groups and tabs.

Power Blending:

You want your final fire effects to look beautiful and realistic, and AlphaPlugins FireFor has the power to achieve that whether you’re working with light or dark images. In additional to standard Photoshop's blending modes, the plug-in contains several original blending modes for mixing fires, smokes and glows. A unique Heat Haze feature lets you add beautiful blends to bright fires with any kind of background image.

Presets & Wizard:

To save time and effort, AlphaPlugins FireFor contains a variety of factory presets for quickly choosing fire effects and tuning up final parameters as needed. A special wizard palette puts these main types of fires and smokes at your fingertips, ready to use with just a few clicks.

sample of fire4

Photoshop CS plug-insPremiere CS plug-ins


Adobe Photoshop FiltersPhotoshop CS3 Filters After Effects CS4 plug
Installation and Registration
 

Windows OS Windows Installation.


Installing AlphaPlugins FireFor is very easy.

  • Just download the Fire4Installer.exe file from here.

  • Launch this file and follow the instructions.

  • Exclamation If you have both 32bit and 64bit versions of Photoshop, then the installer will ask you which version of the AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in you would like to install: 32bit, or 64bit.

  • Install Fire4 plug-in


  • Installer will automatically try to locate an appropriate a target path.
  • For the latest versions of Photoshop, the installer will offer to install the plug-in into a common plug-ins folder i.e 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CC\'. The plug-in will then be available for all future Photoshop versions without re-installation.
  • For older versions of Photoshop, the installer will offer to install the plug-in into a local Photoshop plug-ins subfolder i.e. 'c:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC2017\Plug-ins'..
  • In you want then you can choose a destination folder manually by pressing the 'Browse' button.


  • Install Fire4 plug-in


  • Click the Next button, and complete the installation.

Information To install the plug-in using an image editing program other than Photoshop, please consult the plug-in installation section in the user manual for whichever editor you have chosen.



 Macintosh OS Macintosh Installation.


When installing the AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in for Macintosh, our smart installer will locate the correct installation path for you — easily and automatically.

  • Just download the Fire4Installer.zip file from here.

  • then, unzip it.

  • Launch the Fire4Installer application and follow the instructions.

  • Select the proper volume where your AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in can be installed


  • Install FireFor plug-in


  • The AlphaPlugins FireFor installer will search for the correct plug-in folder for Adobe Photoshop.
  • For modern versions of Photoshop, the installer will offer to install the plug-in into a common plug-ins folder. Then the plug-in will be available for all future versions of Photoshop without re-installation.
  • If you agree, then AlphaPlugins FireFor will be installed into the offered destination. If you disagree, then the installer will continue searching for another appropriate folder.
  • If no suitable folder is found, you can still manually choose the plug-in folder where AlphaPlugins FireFor will be installed. You can, for instance, manually choose to install at '/Application/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/Plug-ins' — or any other appropriate folder of your choice.

  • Install FireFor plug-in


  • Click the "Next" button and all the necessary files will be installed in the chosen folder.

Information To install the plug-in in Adobe Photoshop Elements or into a non-Photoshop image editor, locate the plug-in folder specifically for that image editor as it's manual prescribes.


Registration

You will automatically receive the serial number for your copy of AlphaPlugins FireFor immediately following your purchase. There are two ways that you can register your copy of the AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in: Online, and Offline.

Online Registration.

If you are connected to the Internet, then Online registration is the simplest way to register your copy of plug-in. After launching AlphaPlugins FireFor, you will see a registration dialogue box. Just select the Online registration option; insert your name; enter the serial number you received; and, click the Register button. The AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in will automatically connect with our registration server to complete the registration process, show you a confirmation message that the registration of your plug-in has been successful. Then, just click the Close button — registration is complete, and you are ready to use your new AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in!

Information If you are currently operating with an Internet firewall in place, it is recommended that you switch it off temporarily during the registration process.

Registration FireFor plug-in



Offline Registration.

Even if you do not use an Internet connection with your computer, you can still register your AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in. Contact us to obtain an offline answer (for the Offline registration process) if you cannot connect to the Internet — or if you are determined to keep your photo-editing computer isolated from any direct connection with the Internet. The Offline Registration Number is a numerical ID which will be valid for a few days: to complete your registration, just select the Offline option in the registration dialogue box; insert your Name, Serial Number, and Offline Answer; then click Register to complete the registration process, and Close the registration dialogue window.

ExclamationRemember: Per one serial number You can register so number of plug-in instances as number of licenses you purchased. I will however allow an extra registration for each plug-in serial number, so that users can install AlphaPlugins FireFor on, for instance, both their desktop and laptop computers.



LaunchBox
AlphaPlugins FireFor is a plug-in that works on much more than just Adobe Photoshop! Our software enables you to launch this plug-in (and many others) using graphic image editing programs that do not normally support Adobe Photoshop plug-ins. So, even if you do not have Adobe Photoshop on your computer, you can still launch Photoshop plug-ins — using AlphaPlugins LaunchBox! By using LaunchBox, you can run a range of Photoshop plug-ins (including AlphaPlugins FireFor) using applications such as Adobe Lightroom, Aperture and many others. You can start running AlphaPlugins FireFor right out of the LaunchBox no matter what image editing software you are currently using!
Photoshop CS4 FiltersAfter Effects CS3 Filters

Adobe Photoshop FiltersPhotoshop CS3 Filters After Effects CS4 plug
Quick Start

Is your AlphaPlugins FireFor already installed and registered? Take a quick look at how to use this amazing plug-in.

- Open a source picture in Photoshop. (The plug-in supports RGB or CMYK pictures with 8bits per channel)
- Choose a path creation Photoshop tool and draw a custom path. path tool
- Alternatively, can choose a selection tool and draw any selection area. mask selection tool
- Go to Photoshop's menu Filter->AlphaPlugins->FireFor...

Information If you haven’t yet registered the plugin, please register it now. If you don’t register you can use the plugin in trial mode for several days.

AlphaPlugins FireFor screenshot


AlphaPlugins FireFor Window

Now you can see a window for the AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in.
You can resize the AlphaPlugins FireFor window as needed. Keep in mind that resizing the window also resizes the preview area. Be aware that a bigger preview area requires more time for effect processing. A preview window in the center of the plug-in dialogue lets you see the effect on a small area of the image. This preview area can be shifted by holding the left mouse button.
You can increase or decrease preview scale by pressing:
  • plus button or minus button buttons below the preview pane
  • Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) “+” and “-” keys
  • Ctrl (Cmd) + “0” or “1” keys
You can also shift the preview area by using the navigation window in the upper left corner of the FireFor dialog box.

Factory Preset Area

Factory presets are listed in the left side of window. You can apply a preset from this list to quickly explore plug-in features. Thematic subfolders contain presets grouped by features, and in the bottom list you can save your own favorite parameter settings.

Plug-in Controls

In the right side of the window you can view all plug-in controls, grouped under three tabs. (See the following Filter Parameters section for detailed explanation of filters).
  • General – parameters for general effect usage
  • Fire – parameters for fire
  • Smoke – parameters for smoke effects

Parameter Values and Default Ranges

Information

Note that some controls have blue digits, and some black (on Windows, all digits are black, but have blue or black borders on the sliders. Black digits/borders mean that the default ranges of the parameters are fixed. Blue digits/borders mean that you can alter the default ranges. Right click (or Ctrl + click on Mac) over the slider area and a special dialog box appears to allow you to alter the default parameter ranges.

UI Controls

Range Editor


At the top of the 'General' tab choose the 'Path' radio button. This lets you choose your created path as a source of fire. If there’s no path in your composition, the 'Path' radio button will be disabled. If you use a selection mask, then you can choose 'Selection or Contour' radio button as an alternative.
After that, you should see that a fire was applied on your source. If desired, now you can play with the Fire and Smoke parameters, or apply a factory preset or items from wizard palette.

When You’re Finished

When you finish setting parameters. Click the OK button, or click Cancel to exit without applying filters.

* * *
If you would like to know more techniques how to use the AlphaPlugins FireFor then see our tutorials

Photoshop CS4 FiltersAfter Effects CS3 Filters


Adobe Photoshop FiltersPhotoshop CS3 Filters After Effects CS4 plug
Filter Parameters

All filter parameters are grouped into three tabbed windows for convenience.


General Tab

This tab contains the main effects parameters.

    Source - Contains parameters for source of fire with three radio buttons: Path, Selection or Contours and Emitter.
  • Path – lets to choose a Photoshop's custom paths as a fire source. If there is no path in the composition, this option is disabled.
  • Selection or Contours – lets you choose a selection area or contours as a fire source. If the composition contains a selected mask, the fire will be generated by the contour of the selection area. If there is no selection mask in the composition, the plug-in will try to build all possible contours by the source picture.
  • Emitter – defines an explicit emitter as the source of fire.
  • Emitter Position – lets you pick a center of explicit emitter. Use your mouse to drag the center of the crosshair marker to the preview area, or enter the specific center coordinates in X Y fields.
  • By Normal – if this checkbox is On, fire will be generated perpendicularly to paths or contours. If Off, fire will be generated accordingly to Fire Angle parameter
  • Fire Angle – lets you set the fire direction. If By Normal checkbox is On, then this parameter will define additional angles to normal.
  • Emitter Width – in case of explicit emitter, this parameter defines the width of the emitter.
  • Contours Details – this parameter is involved in the process of building contours.
  • Random Seed – defines an initial position of random generators. Also it defines a phase of flame in time.
  • Show Emitter – shows the fire's source. Fire's emitter contours will be shown only in preview. This feature doesn’t affect the final result.


  • Output - This group of radio buttons lets you define how the fire results mix with the original image.
  • Fill Black – select if the work will be used on a black background.
  • Transparent – select if the work will be used on a transparent background for use in Photoshop compositing. (if the original picture has a transparent channel)
  • Mix with Original – select if the work will be blended with a source image. The blending modes can be found in dropdown menus for Fire Blending Mode and Smoke Blending Mode.
  • Fire Blending Mode and Smoke Blending Mode – contain lists of blending modes for fire and smoke effects. Except for standard blending modes, these lists contain several specific modes for firing/smoking effects.
  • Use Fire and Use Smoke – switch fire and smoke effects Off and On.

  • Heat Haze – this unique feature lets you achieve additional realism with fire blending on any type of source picture.

  • Glow - These parameters let you work with additional quick glow effects.
  • Glow Blending – list of glow blending modes.
  • Glow Value – defines glow intensity.
  • Glow Size – size of glow.
  • Glow Color – color of glow.
  • TrueColor Glow – lets you use actual fire colors as a glow color.
General Tab

Fire Tab

This tab contains parameters related to fire effects.
    Vector Geometry (General Shape) - Collects parameters for the shape of flames' tongues, defined by particle system.
  • Density – density of particles flow.
  • Height – height of fire depending on the source image size.
  • Elements Size – sizes of particles elements.
  • Turbulence – a dynamic characteristic of fire burning process.
  • Chaotic – randomization of particles flow.
  • Fade – defines dying particles during timelife.

  • Raster Distortion (Middle Details) - These parameters control the middle level of flaming details using raster displacement algorithms.
  • Displace Value – intensity of raster displacement.
  • Displace Scale – size of turbulence displacement.
  • Exhaustion – additional texturization of displacement.

  • Fractal Noise (Small Details) - These parameters introduce additional fractal noise component.
  • Noise Value – intensity of noise.
  • Noise Scale – scale of noise pattern.
  • Noise Proportion – proportion of noise elements.
  • Noise Blend Mode – noise blending mode, not to be confused with the Fire Blending Mode. This parameter doesn’t mix the noise with the source picture, but defines how fractal noise pattern is mixed with flame.

  • Colorization - This group contains the parameters of fire color and final tuning.
  • Blur Value – particles system blurring.
  • Motion Blur – additional motion blur for flames' tongues.
  • Intensity – flame saturation.
  • Color Gradient – this element lets you define the final flame coloring. It can be used as a standard Photoshop gradient control. You can define color key marks in bottom of this control, and transparency marks on top. Color and Opacity controls are enabled when a keymark is selected. To delete a keymark, just move this mark outside of control.
Fire Tab
Samples of fires
Samples of different fractal noise textures on fire.

Smoke Tab

This tab collects parameters related to the smoke features.

    Vector Geometry (General Shape) - Parameters responsible for rough smoke plume form, defined by particles system.
  • Density – smoke flow intensity.
  • Height – height of smoke depending on source image size.
  • Intensity – smoke saturation.
  • Turbulence – smoke swirling.
  • Chaotic – randomization of smoke particles flow.
  • Fade – dilution smoke particles by timelife.

  • Raster Distortion (Middle Details) - Parameters responsible for middle level of smoking details.
  • Displace Value – intensity of raster displacement.
  • Displace Scale – size of turbulence displacement.
  • Exhaustion – additional texturization of displace algorithm.
  • Smooth – distinguish between smooth smoke, or smoke with numerous small noise details.

  • Fractal Noise (Small Details) - Parameters for additional fractal noise component.
  • Noise Value – intensity of noise.
  • Noise Scale – scale of noise pattern.
  • Noise Proportion – proportion of noise elements.
  • Noise Blend Mode – noise blending mode, not to be confused with the Smoke Blending Mode. This parameter doesn’t mix the noise with the source picture, but defines how fractal noise pattern is mixed with smoke.

  • Colorization - Parameters for defining smoke color
  • Color Gradient – lets you define a smoke color and can be used as a standard Photoshop gradient control. You can define color key marks in the bottom of this control, and transparency marks on top. Color and Opacity controls are enabled when a keymark is selected. To delete a keymark, just move this mark outside of control.
Smoke Tab

Photoshop CS4 FiltersAfter Effects CS3 Filters


Do you need more info how to use the AlphaPlugin FireFor plug-in?
This simplest tutorial explains basic techniques how to setup basic AlphaPlugins FireFor's parameters.
This advanced tutorial teaches how to use AlphaPlugins FireFor for making a burning animated GIF.

AlphaPlugins FireFor animation tutorial
action script The action script for tutorial.

Adobe Photoshop FiltersPhotoshop CS3 Filters After Effects CS4 plug
Conclusion

The AlphaPlugins FireFor is a beautiful and powerful plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, designed for adding realistic fire and smoke effects to images.

The fourth version of our original fire plug-in, AlphaPlugins FireFor combines the best of our 20 years experience with the best of previous versions.
Fire1
Fire 1 (1998 year)
Fire1
Fire 2 (2001 year)
Fire1
Fire 3 (2005 year)



Photoshop CS4 FiltersAfter Effects CS3 Filters




Adobe Photoshop FiltersPhotoshop CS3 Filters After Effects CS4 plug
System Requirements

MS Windows Windows


  • Windows OS 95-2000, XP(32/64Bit), Vista (32/64Bit), Windows 7, Windows 8, 10 or later

  • 1.2 GHz processor or higher

  • At least 1 GBytes of RAM or more

  • Graphics card 32-bit color.

  • 1024 x 768 display or bigger

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 - CS6, CC, CC2017 (32/64bit) or later

Information Also. you can use Photoshop compatible editors which support Photoshop plug-ins like Corel Photo-Paint, Corel PaintShop Pro, JASC PaintShop Pro, Xara Picture Editor, GIMP, Ulead PhotoImpact and etc.



OSX Macintosh


  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

  • Intel or PowerPC processor

  • At least 1 GBytes of RAM or more

  • Graphics card 32-bit color.

  • 1024 x 768 display or bigger

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 - CS6, CC, CC2017 (32/64bit) or later



Information
You can use AlphaPlugins FireFor plug-in not only into Adobe Photoshop. But also you can launch this (and many other) plug-in under other graphical application which dont support Adobe Photoshop plug-ins. Even you can havent Photoshop on your computer. With help of our utility AlphaPlugins LaunchBox you can launch Photoshop plug-ins (include Fire4) under so applications like Adobe LightRoom, Aperture and many similar.

Photoshop CS4 FiltersAfter Effects CS3 Filters




Copyright, 1998-2017, AlphaPlugins, LLC.
Author: Maxim Chernousov.
You can find more information about FireFor plug-in. Please, visit Fire's product page on our site. There you can find freshest version of this product. Also you can find tutorials and samples for our products.