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Wind Burn
Set your text on fire with this wind blasted flame thrower effect.

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The order of these instructions was designed to be very flexible and allow you lots of control over the effect.

STEP 1

In a new photoshop file, create your text white on a black background. Duplicate your text layer and disable it, you'll use it in Step 8. Flatten the your text onto the black layer.

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STEP 2

Create a new white layer, and use Filter>Render>Clouds on it. Perform Filter>Render>Difference Clouds about 5 times to bring out some details. (Note, render clouds and difference clouds behave differently at different resolutions. Higher resolutions give more detail.)

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STEP 3

Put the text layer above the clouds layer, setting its opacity to 50.

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STEP 4
Add a levels adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels.) Adjust the minimum and maximum input levels so that the minimum is approximately in the middle of the "dead spot" and the maximum is "weight" centered in the right area. If that's confusing, see the image on the right. Since its an adjustment layer, you can come back to it later. 7
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STEP 5

This step is recommended to help with future adjustment since it will give some color to what you are doing. We'll use a levels adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels) to get that white-yellow-orange-red flame.

Your going to adjust each of the RGB channels separately.

In the Red channel move the middle input level so its skewed left.

In the green channel, move the left input level so that it is centered.

In the Blue channel, move the left input level all the way right.

 

The result will be white text with sort of a vein like burn/fire appearance.

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STEP 6

And now the real fun starts, but its also a lot of filtering. Specifically, you are going to blur, wind, and wave. I'll outline a possible .

Select the text layer then:

Gausian Blur ~3.0  
Wind
(Filter>Stylize>
Wind...)
Set Method to Wind.
Blur More Since the edges are rough with wind, lets soften them.
Wave
(Filter>Distort>
Wave...)
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Wind (again)  
Wave (again) Be sure to hit the Randomize button. Also, try setting the horizontal scale to 0 and adjusting the other settings some.

That's the basic premise, though the order and methods could be altered. To achieve the image below I applied four wave filters with different wavelengths and amplitudes.

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STEP 7

Make another text layer using the same settings as step 1, but make the text black. Double click this layer and add an Outer Glow. Set the color by selecting one of the darker tones directly from your text effect layer.

And there you have it, the final version.

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You can now go back to the adjustment layers to fine tune or adjust. I recommend it, since you can get some really neat effects that you may not expect.

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