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Firefish Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop Tutorial, you’ll learn how to design a mascot based on the Firefox logo, and mimic the fire effect using the pen tool and gradients.

Materials Needed:

Editors Note: Non-English Pictures

Some images in this post show a non-english version of Photoshop. This should not affect your ability to complete this tutorial as all settings should look exactly the same.

Step 1

Start with creating a document. Mine is 800×600 pixels. This is a nice workspace when creating icons.

Step 2

Draw a base shape of a fish body using the pen tool. This can be any fish you would like.

Step 3

Open the layer styles and apply a gradient with a yellow-orange-red-kind of color to make that fire-feeling and set the gradient-style to mirror. Now set the angle to 45º

Step 4

This is how your fish-shape should look like so far(if you did the same fish-shape as I did).

Step 5

Now we are going to make the eye of the fish.

Select the ellipse tool and draw a fully round circle. Hold down shift when applying the circle to make it perfectly round.

Open the layer styles and apply this styles

Step 6

Make another shape above our round circle and add some outerglow.

Step 7

Make a firey shape. This will add a nice fire-effect to our eye. Open the layer styles and apply some outer glow.

Step 8

Now we are going to set our body on fire using pen tool (I know, funny choice of words).

Make a long pointed shape. Apply a layer mask () and use the gradient-tool() to fade it out.

Step 9

Repeat step 8 about 18 times using different shapes and colors.

Step 10

Now, put every shape that you just did in a folder, and rename it to “Fireshapes”. Now duplicate the whole folder and press CTRL/CMD + E and the folder will become a layer. Rename the layer to “Fireshapes2″ Then press CTRL/CMD + T and pick the option on the very bottom

Now put it above the fish

Step 11

Now repeat step 10, rename this layer to “Fireshapes3″ and put it above “Fireshapes2″. Now lets add a yellow shape on the bottom using pentool to make this fish look a little bit more like a fish.

Step 12

Now we will use this layer style options to complete the next step.

Step 13

Now you know the technique of making fire-shapes using pen tool. I’ll be adding some shapes with gradients(step 12 for gradient settings) on the tail that I’ll put in a folder and rename it to “Tail”.

The tail is the area inside of the blue path.

Step 14

Now lets add a layer mask () to our tail folder and apply a gradient() to make it fade(). This has an effect inside of the blue path.

Step 15

This is how your outcome should be looking like so far.

Step 16

Now we are going to make the fin of the fish. It cant swim without a fin right? ;) Make a shape like on the image above(I’m using #fcb100), fade it out using a layer mask () and the gradient tool().

Step 17

Now lets add some shapes above the fin to make it more “firey” using the same technique as in step 16.

Step 18

Make a shape on the fishes head, this will add a nice fire-feeling-effect.

Step 19

Repeat step 18 and fade it out using a layer mask() and the gradient tool().

Step 20

Now put everything we’ve done in a folder and call it “Fish”.

Step 21

Set the opacity of the fish folder to 69%.

Step 22

Duplicate the fish folder and press CTRL/CMD + E. This will make a copied layer above our fish folder. Add the styles above.

Step 23

This should be your outcome so far.

Step 25

Now we are going to apply out smoke and some of our star brushes. Copy and paste the smoke above the fish and draw some stars in the same layer, set the opacity of the layer to 69%( and add this layerstyle:

Step 26

Now paste in our globe icon and add a laye rmask(). Select a brush with a fair large size and set the hardness to 0 and fade out our globe using our large-size-brush, drawing on our layer mask with color #000000:

Step 27

Now place the globe icon behind the firefish.

Step 28

Press CTRL/CMD + T and hold down shift and resize the globe until it fits behind the firefish.

Step 29

No we are up to make the background.

Lets choose a background color. I’m going with #112047.

Step 30

Outcome with background color.

Step 31

Make a new layer on top of the background but behind the globe and firefish. Mark a third of your document using the selection tool. Fill it with darker color(#0e1939).

Step 32

Fade it out. Apply a layer mask, pick the gradient tool and fade it out upwards.

Step 33

Make an oval using the ellipse tool. Place it under the firefish. This is going to be our shadow.

Step 34

Now go to Filter > Blur > Motion blur and apply these settings(you need to do it twice, once for the x-axis and once for the y-axis):

Step 35

Now make a straight line over the globe using the line tool, open layer styles and apply some bevel and emboss(this time I’ll let you pick your own settings).

Step 36

Repeat step 35, but this time do it over the firefish.

Step 37

To finish it up, make a new layer and use the star brushes to draw some stars, this will make our “sky” more realistic.


So there you have it. We are now finished with our firefish, I hope this was to some help and you all learned some new Photoshop techniques and tricks. Don’t forget to leave a reply and let me know what you think!

Download the PSD (or source files)


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    first tnx for this amazing Tut.
    by the way i cant see “Globe Icon”!
    please mail me globe icon.

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    WOW! This is so cool. I like how the final product looks. I’ve been trying to design a logo somewhat like this for myself (in essence of course) and it was a disaster! I didn’t manage to get it looking right. It was a little bit…off somehow. Finally, I decided to use the professional services of an online logo design site instead ( and got the logo I wanted at an affordable price and fast too, within 24 hours. Lesson learned. I’m not going to design a logo without any professional help though it’s fun. And liberating. Haha. Cool tutorial, by the way… I did gave the link to my designer as to how I wanted my logo to feel like. Thanks!

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    psn card (1 Point) March 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

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    PrintSafari (1 Point) March 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

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    reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy nice………

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    Logo Design Monster (1 Point) March 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    The final logo looks really good and the added effects are excellent. Thank you very much for sharing the excellent tutorial.

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    Tutorial Lounge (1 Point) February 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    excellent work in this beautiful tutorial.

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    absolutely beautiful, love the pen skills!! great tutorial.

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    wow Great article, thanks!163

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 12:28 am

    wow Great article, thanks!150

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    เพลงสากลใหม่ (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 2:35 am

    wow Great article, thanks!145

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    awsome Mr : pen tool controller

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    hey, really nice outcome and good description. thanks! I will try it out with a horse :)

    Didn’t know Photoshop’s available in Swedish, nice to see :)

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    the globe icon is missing, please please upload it again.

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    emberfly (1 Point) October 30, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    My god that’s beautiful! You did such a great job :). I wish I could exchange my Firefox icon for that icon :P

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    rodolfo (1 Point) October 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    muy buen tutorial sobre todo para aprender a utilizar las herramientas de dibujo y aplicar los colores felicitaciones

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    Pancakes (1 Point) October 3, 2009 at 6:48 am

    it looks nice, after i finish drawing the fish how do i color it with orange? and when i draw the eyes it does not turn to color white. Can somebody help me? I hope i can figure this out later on.

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    Vasilije (1 Point) October 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Very nice turtorial, keep up the good work m8! :)

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    Awesome tutorial.
    I was looking to design a logo for my company when I saw this tutorial.
    Please contact me I am interested in using this design.

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    @ Step 8, how do I use the gradient tool to fade it out? It doesn’t work with me..

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    Koji@ ebook cover software (1 Point) September 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Very nice Post! Really love it your post! thank you very much for your Information

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    now you should make your icon a true icon for mac. Found this good tut:

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    Photoshop (1 Point) August 27, 2009 at 3:46 am

    This work is very artistic. Good tutorial

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    The globe icon is missing. Does anyone have a copy?

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    Mounir (1 Point) August 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    it’s very cool tutorial thanks………..

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    Coji Lee (1 Point) August 14, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I love it and I really learned something new~~your work is really inspiring~~thanx for your effort~~

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    Gary Stephen Callaghan (1 Point) August 10, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    This is a great tutorial, the final outcome is really something going to try it when i have some more time. You could also use the fire pen tooling for a photo manip of a girl of boy fo there hair. Just an idea.

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    WhiteSpoon (1 Point) August 8, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Great tuto guys !
    I like it very much and im gonna try it soon :)

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    anthony (1 Point) August 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    wow, amazing, looks really great though !! I’ve learned lot’s of cool stuff ! I’m wondering if we can get that kind of result with a vector based software like illustrator !

    thanks again for the tutorial man !
    greetings from Switzerland !

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    WhiteSpoon (1 Point) August 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Amazing !!!
    Very good job guys !
    I love it

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    This is Great.. Im trying to make my website, got many difficulty as every tools are new for me.. but I am trying hard and this kind of material helping me lot.. Thank you very much for sharing..
    (can I post any question if I got to be answerd here?)

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    Namor21 (1 Point) August 7, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I liked everything before step 35. Pretty awesome!

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    Geoserv (1 Point) August 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Wow, that was such an in depth tutorial with an amazing result. Now to try and see if I can do it myself.


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    adrian (1 Point) July 31, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Quite a really tutorial! I liked it so much… thanks for this awesome tutorial. Final result quite impressive…

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    Lumzor (1 Point) July 31, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Nice Fish, but the final result got a bit messed up, you can clearly see the fish glow being cut into background! Otherwise i love it!

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    Thomas (1 Point) July 30, 2009 at 3:55 am

    The Final result is really awesome, thanks

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    Sal Stabler (1 Point) July 29, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Great tutorial. I loved it!

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    Kiliankoe (1 Point) July 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! I really like it.

    However I believe the attached strings ruin it somewhat, even though the idea isn’t bad either. They just don’t really fit in.

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    Foxoo7 (1 Point) July 27, 2009 at 9:38 am

    very very nice tutorial..thank you.

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    Learned some skills & functions of PS I did not know. Thanks!

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    Moova News on The Move (1 Point) July 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Well… I think that a lot of people has been looking for making this effect from long time ago ;)
    Nice idea, let’s try the “firefish”.

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    Jonathan Olsen (1 Point) July 25, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Thanks everyone! It makes me happy to see that you all liked it! I think I’ll post another one soon! :)


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    whisky (2 Points) July 25, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Thank you, I like your tut

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    SalStabler (1 Point) July 24, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I think it looks great! I still haven’t gotten a copy of photoshop. Anyone know of any deals on photoshop I could get? Please let me know, thanks

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    pedro (1 Point) July 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Awsome tutorial!!!! Very useful..

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    James Dolan (1 Point) July 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Interesting tutorial with a few tips, but the overall image looks ugly in my opinion. Thanks for the tips on the other hand,

    - James Dolan

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    Nardyello (1 Point) July 22, 2009 at 1:44 am

    I used to look at cool designs and think “Wow! That looks so nice! I’m going to make one!” and then I’d hit a wall that says “This is hard work.”

    And today I see that results like these aren’t easy to achieve. You have earned such talent. Great post, my friend.

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    Awesome tut. Seems like a fun thing to do <3

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    Jad Graphics (2 Points) July 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    That is an awesome tutorial.

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    Shashank (1 Point) July 21, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Nice concept! Looks great! Maybe I could use this to make a different design. Thanks :)

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    diseño gráfico (1 Point) July 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Loved it!! Thank you so much!!
    And it seemed pretty funny to do!! :P

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    LBrother (1 Point) July 21, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I’ve been waiting for the firefox effect on tutorial9 ;-).
    The fish looks good, although I think the shape could have been a bit more “fish-like”. Overall a good outcome, sadly the globe is not selfmade.


    ahye… stars? ^^

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    Cucu Tudor Ionel (Crimzprod.) (1 Point) July 21, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Amazing :| i really like it

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    techprism (1 Point) July 21, 2009 at 5:18 am

    The fire fish, with a blue planet at the back, a creative imagination made true through this tutorial. Nice. More Power.

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    Blueprint Media Design (1 Point) July 21, 2009 at 4:59 am

    That looks so sick. You did a really great job. Good work.

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    Mustaffa (1 Point) July 21, 2009 at 4:53 am

    nice post!! tq for sharing!!

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    Fish is pretty nice, but I’m not sure about the stars.. they look a bit childish…

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    Johnson Koh (2 Points) July 21, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Interesting concept. But why fish? :D

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