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How to Make a Fire Logo Design

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What You'll Be Creating

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to make a fire logo in Adobe Illustrator using several tools, effects, and techniques.

As you put together this flame logo design, you will learn how to set up a grid and how to take full advantage of the Snap to Grid feature, how to create a fireball symbol from scratch, how to add colors, shading, and highlights, how to save and use brushes, and finally, how to add some fire text.

If you don't have the time to make a fireball logo from scratch, then Envato Elements is the solution. This subscription-based marketplace has over 2,000 Illustrator add-ons you can download without restrictions! You can get flame logos, fire logo designs, and more. This logo with red flames is one of the many examples.

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Interested in a video tutorial instead? Don't miss this new video from the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel to learn how to create logos with fire designs in Illustrator:

What You'll Learn in This Fireball Logo Tutorial

  • How to create a fireball symbol from scratch
  • How to make a fire logo

What You'll Need

You will need the following resource in order to complete this logo with fire:

1. How to Create a New Document and Set Up a Grid

Hit Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu, set the Width to 850 px and the Height to 800 px, and then click that Advanced Options button. Select RGB for the Color Mode and set the Raster Effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click the Create button.

Enable the Grid (View > Show Grid or Control-") and the Snap to Grid (View > Snap to Grid or Shift-Control-"). You will need a grid every 5 px, so simply go to Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid, and enter 5 in the Gridline every box and 1 in the Subdivisions box. Try not to get discouraged by all that grid—it will make your work easier, and keep in mind that you can easily enable or disable it using the Control-" keyboard shortcut.

You should also open the Info panel (Window > Info) for a live preview with the size and position of your shapes. Don't forget to set the unit of measurement to pixels from Edit > Preferences > Units. All these options will significantly increase your work speed. Now that you're set, let's see how you can make a logo with a fire design.

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2. How to Create a Fireball Symbol From Scratch

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) from your toolbar and then focus on the color settings. Select the stroke and remove the color, and then double-click the fill and replace the existing color with black (R=0 G=0 B=0).

Move to your artboard and simply create a 220 px circle. Hold down the Shift key as you click and drag to easily create a perfect circle.

Once you're done, lower the Opacity of your circle to about 10%. This shape won't be a part of your final design—we'll only use it as a reference to create the main flames logo design.

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Step 2

We'll start with the more challenging part as you need to create a flame shape from scratch.

Pick the Pen Tool (T), and you need to start a path from the right anchor point that makes up your circle. Click that point and drag the handles 70 px down. Keep in mind that you can have a look at the Info panel to know exactly when you get to 70 px.

Move to the bottom anchor point of the circle, add the second point to your path, and this time drag the handles 60 px to the left. Continue to the left edge of your circle, add the third point to your path, and drag the handles 70 px up.

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Move your cursor 90 px up and 50 px to the right—remember that you can have a look at the Info panel to know exactly when you get to the desired location. Then just click once to add the fourth anchor point.

Drag your cursor 90 px down and 10 px to the right, and then click and drag the handles of this new anchor point 60 px to the right.

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Move up 130 px and 20 px to the right, and then click and drag the handles of your new point 50 px up. Go 70 px up and 40 px to the right, and just click once to add a new anchor point.

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Keep focusing on the most recently added point, click it, and drag that one handle 40 px down and 20 px to the left. Finally, close your path by clicking the starting point, and don't forget to drag the handles 70 px down, as shown in the following GIF.

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Step 3

Make sure that your flame shape is selected, and press Control-C > Control-V to add a copy.

Keep the copy selected, and let's adjust its size using the Control panel settings (Window > Control). Check that Constrain Proportions button and just lower the Width to 110 px.

Press Shift-X to quickly swap the fill and stroke settings of this smaller flame shape, and then focus on the Layers panel (Window > Layers). Drag your smaller flame to the bottom of the panel, and make it invisible because you'll need it later.

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Step 4

Reselect the Pen Tool (P) and use it to add the two shapes shown in the following image. Try to follow the anchor point order indicated below. Use the grid as a reference to place the anchor points in the right locations, and keep in mind that the numbers from the image indicate the length of the handles.

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Step 5

Use the Selection Tool (V) to select the three paths that make up your flame, and merge them using the Unite button on the Pathfinder panel (Window > Pathfinder).

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Step 6

Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select the anchor point highlighted below. Move to the Control panel and set the Corner Radius to 20 px. This will be the main flame shape for your fireball logo.

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3. How to Add a 3D Look

Step 1

Reselect the Pen Tool (P) and use it to create the three shapes shown below. Again, use the grid as a reference, and follow the settings indicated in the following image.

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Step 2

Select all three shapes made in the previous step and turn them into a single compound path (Object > Compound Path > Make or Control-8).

Fill this compound path with R=240 G=90 B=35 and make sure that the stroke color is set to none.

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Step 3

Select your main flame shape and press Control-C to copy, and then Control-Shift-V to add a copy in the same place and on top of the existing shapes.

Select this copy along with your orange compound path and click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. Also press Shift-Control-G to Ungroup the resulting group of shapes.

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Step 4

Keep focusing on your orange shapes and start with the leftmost one. Select it and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 70 px circle, and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with R=193 G=39 B=45 and don't forget to lower its Opacity to 75%.

Select this circle along with that orange copy and click the Intersect button on the Pathfinder panel.

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Step 5

Move to the next orange shape, select it, and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Reselect the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 25 px circle, and place it as shown in the first image. Again, fill this shape with R=193 G=39 B=45, and don't forget to lower its Opacity to 75%.

Select this circle along with that orange copy, and this time click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel.

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Step 6

Move up to the last orange shape, select it, and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Reselect the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 90 px circle, and place it as shown in the first image. Fill it with R=193 G=39 B=45 and lower its Opacity to 75%.

Select this circle along with the orange copy and click the Intersect button on the Pathfinder panel.

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Step 1

Reselect your flame shape, remove the stroke color, and select the fill.

Open the Gradient panel (Window > Gradient) and click that Linear Gradient button to apply a linear gradient. Set the Angle to 90 degrees, and then move to the gradient sliders. Double-click the right one and set the color to R=254 G=293 B=64, and then double-click the other one and set the color to R=240 G=90 B=35.

Once you're done, you need to save this gradient because you'll need it again more than once. All you have to do is click the New Swatch button from the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches).

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Step 2

Now that you have the fireball symbol, let's add some shading and highlights.

Select your flame shape and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Select this copy and fill it with black, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform.

Set both Scale sliders to 98%, check that bottom-middle reference point, and click OK.

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Step 3

Make sure that your black flame is still selected and go to Object > Expand Appearance. Reselect that colored flame and add another copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Select this copy along with the black flame and click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. Press Control-8 to turn the resulting group of shapes into a compound path, fill it with white, lower its Opacity to 40%, and also change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

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Step 4

Reselect your flame shape and add a new copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Fill this copy with black and go again to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform.

Set both Scale sliders to 95%. Don't forget to check the bottom-middle reference point, and then click OK.

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Step 5

Make sure that your black flame is still selected and expand it (Object > Expand Appearance). Reselect that colored flame and add a new copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Select this copy along with the black flame and click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. Turn the resulting group of shapes into a new compound path (Control-8), fill it with white, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

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Step 6

Reselect your flame shape and add a new copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Fill it with black and go again to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform.

Set both Scale sliders to 90%, and remember to check the bottom-middle reference point. Click OK.

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Step 7

Make sure that your black flame is still selected and expand it (Object > Expand Appearance). Reselect that colored flame and add a new copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Select this copy along with the black flame and click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. Turn the resulting group of shapes into a compound path (Control-8), fill it with white, lower its Opacity to 10%, and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

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Step 8

Reselect your flame shape and add a new copy in front (Control-C > Control-F). Fill it with black and go again to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform.

Set both Scale sliders to 75% and check that bottom-middle reference point, and then click OK.

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Step 9

Make sure that your black flame is still selected, and expand it (Object > Expand Appearance). Reselect that colored flame and add a new copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Select this copy along with the black flame, and this time click the Intersect button on the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with the linear gradient shown below, lower its Opacity to 30%, and change the Blending Mode to Overlay. Keep in mind that the yellow zero from the Gradient panel stands for Opacity. This simply means that you need to select that gradient slider and lower its Opacity to 0% to get that nice fade effect.

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Step 10

Move to the Layers panel and find that small flame shape that you hid at the bottom of the panel. Make it visible and drag it to the top of the Layers panel, on top of the existing shapes.

Use the Selection Tool (V) to place it as shown in the first image, and then fill it with your saved gradient from the Swatches panel.

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Step 11

Make sure that your smaller flame shape is still selected, and add a copy in front (Control-C > Control-F).

Focus on this copy and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Select the anchor points highlighted in the following image, and adjust their position roughly as shown in the following image.

Switch to the Selection Tool (V) to select this entire flame shape copy, and press Control-[ to move it behind the original shape. Keep this shape selected, replace the linear gradient with G=193 G=39 B=45, and then lower its Opacity to 50%.

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5. How to Create Slimmer Flames Using Brushes

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L), create a 150 x 30 px shape, and fill it with black. Switch to the Anchor Point Tool (Shift-C) and simply click the left and right anchor points to turn them into sharp points.

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Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and create a shape that covers the top half of the shape made in the previous step.

Use the Selection Tool (V) to select both of these shapes, and click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel.

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Step 3

Make sure that the shape made in the previous step is still selected, and let's save it as a brush. Open the Brushes panel (Window > Brushes) and click New Brush.

Check the Art Brush box and click OK to open the Art Brush Options window. Keep the default settings and click OK to add your brush to the Brushes panel.

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Step 4

Reselect that main flame shape and go to Object > Path > Offset Path. Set the Offset to 20 px and click OK. Keep the resulting shape selected, remove the fill color, and add a simple black stroke.

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Step 5

Keep focusing on the black path made in the previous step, and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A). Use it to select all the anchor points highlighted in the first image, and press the Delete key to remove them. The remaining two paths are all that you need.

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Step 6

Make sure that the two paths are still selected, and simply apply your art brush from the Brushes panel. If things don't look as shown in the first image, then you need to go to Object > Path > Reverse Path Direction.

Once you're done, expand these two paths (Object > Path > Outline Stroke) and fill the resulting shapes with your saved gradient from the Swatches panel.

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Step 7

Make sure that your slimmer flames are still selected, and add copies in front (Control-C > Control-F). Fill these copies with grey (or any flat color) and turn them into a single compound path (Control-8).

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Step 8

Go to View > Snap to Grid to disable the Snap to Grid feature for a few moments. Also, go to Edit > Preferences > General and make sure that the Keyboard Increment is set to 1 px.

Make sure that your newest compound path is selected, and add two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select just the top copy and press the Down Arrow key three times, which will move your selection 3 px down.

Once you're done, select both compound path copies added in this step and click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. Turn the resulting group of shapes into a compound path (Control-8) and fill it with white (R=255 G=255 B=255), and then change the Blending Mode to Overlay and lower the Opacity to 40%.

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Step 9

Reselect your grey compound path and add another two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 7 px down using the Down Arrow key.

Once you're done, select both copies and click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. Turn the resulting group of shapes into a compound path (Control-8), fill it with white, lower its Opacity to 20%, and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

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Step 10

Reselect your grey compound path and add another two copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 12 px down using the Down Arrow key.

Once you're done, select both copies and click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. Turn the resulting group of shapes into a compound path (Control-8), fill it with white, lower its Opacity to 10%, and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

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Step 11

Reselect your grey compound path and add two more copies in front (Control-C > Control-F > Control-F). Select the top copy and move it 8 px up using the Up Arrow key.

Once you're done, select both copies and click the Minus Front button on the Pathfinder panel. Turn the resulting group of shapes into a compound path (Control-8), fill it with R=193 G=39 B=45, and lower its Opacity to 50%.

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6. How to Add a Background and Shading

Step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and use it to create a shape that covers your entire artboard. Fill this rectangle with R=48 G=20 B=100 and press Shift-Control-[ to easily move it behind your fireball logo.

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Step 2

Select your main flame shape and focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance). Click the Add New Fill button to add a second fill, drag it below the existing fill, and set the color to black.

Make sure that the black fill stays selected, lower its Opacity to 50%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Set the Offset to -15 px and click OK, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Just drag that Move-Vertical slider to 30 px. Click OK to apply this second effect, make sure that your black fill is still selected, and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 15 px and click OK.

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Step 3

Make sure that your main flame shape is still selected, return to the Appearance panel, and add one more fill. Make it white and drag it below the other two fills.

Lower the Opacity of this white fill to 40% and change its Blending Mode to Overlay, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Set both Scale sliders to 110% and don't forget to check the bottom-middle reference point. Then click OK.

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7. How to Add the Text

Step 1

Pick the Type Tool (T) and focus on the Control panel to choose the settings for the text that you're about to add. Select the Bakar font and set the size to 70 px, and then click on your artboard to add the text.

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Step 2

Make sure that your text stays selected, and click that [None] swatch from the Swatches panel to remove the current text color.

Move to the Appearance panel, and click the Add New Fill button to add a fill for your text. Select it and apply your saved gradient.

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Step 3

Make sure that your text is still selected, and keep focusing on the Appearance panel. Add a second fill and select it.

Apply the linear gradient shown below, lower its Opacity to 75%, change the Blending Mode to Overlay, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Set the Offset to -2 px and click OK. With this final touch, your flame logo design is complete.

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Congratulations! You're Done!

Here is how your flame logo design should look. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future logos with fire designs.

Feel free to adjust this logo with flames and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at Envato Elements, with interesting solutions to improve your flame logos.

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Envato Elements is an excellent resource for cool fire logos. Here are some of the most popular vector fire logos that you can find.

Vector Fire Logo (JPG, PNG, Ai, Ps)

This skull logo with fire is only one of the many cool fire logos that you can get from Envato Elements.

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Logo With Red Flame (JPG, PNG, Ai, Ps)

Keep it smooth and simple using this logo with red flames. Feel free to adjust the colors as you need.

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Flame Logo Design (JPG, PNG, Ai, Ps)

Check out this vibrant flame logo and adjust it as you wish. This 100% vector design can be easily saved as a fireball SVG file.

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Logo With Flames (JPG, PNG, Ai, Ps)

Looking for something more menacing? Check out this logo with flames. This easy-to-edit design could be a perfect e-sports mascot.

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Flames Logo (JPG, PNG, Ai, Ps)

Cut the hassle of learning how to create a logo with flames and simply grab this sleek design.

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