Steps 1 to 7: How to create the flame effect
Step 1: To create the flame effect in Photoshop, you must first have an image of a flame. Open the image as the first layer. Make sure the image is clear enough before any editing takes place. You can adjust how the flame’s color looks like or how strong the lines are. Here, we have a stock file of a flame so we will use this one instead. Here's a previous article explaining how you can enhance your image by adjusting levels in Photoshop. Also, you can manipulate the image by blurring some sections.
Step 2: Afterwards, create a new layer in your PS project. It is best to create separate layers for the flame, the base image, and background so you can easily manipulate each layer. To create a new layer, go to the menu bar, click on Layer and choose New>Layer
Step 3: A new popup will appear. Indicate how big your canvass should be and what background you would like to have for your image. In this case, I chose a white background for the new layer.
Step 4: Open your base image to the new layer. In my case, I will use the 3-D tool to create the ball. To do this, I chose 3-D in the menu bar, and clicked on New shaper from layer.
Step 5: Resize your base image (in my case, the 3-D ball) to the size you desire. Depending on the format of the base image (3-D objects, .png, .gif), you might need to convert it to a smart object layer.
Step 6: Next, adjust the contrast levels of the base image through the historgram. In my case, I had to rasterize the layer first. I right-clicked on the layer and clicked rasterize layer. If you are already using a .jpg file, you can skip this step. Then, select Image on the menu bar, hover your mouse over to Adjustments and click Levels. In the layers panel on the right side of the Photoshop window, choose the layer for the object and adjust the opacity level.
Step 7: Now let’s go back to our stock photo of the flame. Press Ctrl+A to select the entire image, then Ctrl+C to copy the image.