Create a Burning, Vector Match Using Gradient Meshes
In this tutorial you will learn how to create realistic vector fire, using the Gradient Mesh Tool and Screen Blending mode. Believe me, there's nothing overly complicated. Let's strike a match! Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. This tutorial was first published in April of 2011. Step 1 We will be working in RGB color model, if you do not have it installed, go to File > Document Color Mode > RGB Color. Step 2 Proceed to the creation of a match. Copy this rectangle and paste it in front (Command + C; Command + F). Select both rectangles and go to Object > Blend > Make. Step 3 Create another rectangle of the same width as all the previous ones, as shown in the figure below. Create a new rectangle the height of which equals a few pixels with the fill of the same gradient as a transparent rectangle. Select the last two rectangles and go to Object > Blend > Make. Step 4 Proceed to the creation of a match head.
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