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Now that you know how to make a realistic fur. And if you do photo manipulation with animals, you can achieve even more realistic.
Desaturation (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + U or go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate) resulting image of leopard and there adjust contrast of leopard by using "Levels" (Cmd/Ctrl + L or Image > Adjustments > Levels or use adjustment layer "Levels"). Set for blacks: 35, gray: 2.18, white: 213. If you do other fire animals, these values are not appropriate. You will need to achieve a contrasting black and white image. In addition, remember, the darkest parts will be the brightest. Delete unnecessary layers (select + Del).
Invert image by adding adjustment layer "Invert" (or you can use Cmd/Ctrl + I) and Merge leopard layer with adjustment layers (Cmd/Ctrl + E) and go to Channels panel. In Channels panel hold Cmd/Ctrl and click on RGB thumbnail to select all white color and duplicate selection (Cmd/Ctrl + J). Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl +Shift + N or use icon on Layer panel), set Background color to black (D then X on keyboard) and fill layer (Cmd/Ctrl + Del) and the leopard appeared!
Now make coloring for leopard. On layer panel lock transparent pixels (icon in the form of a chess cells in the upper part of the Layers panel) and Use Soft Round brush with Size: 150px, Opacity: 100%, color #fff568 as main color and #faae5d to create a darker the contour. Unlock transparent pixels on this layer.
Now add a little outer glow. Make a double click on leopard layer and in Layer Style window choice "Outer Glow" Mode: Screen, Opacity: 52%, Color: #ff0000, Size: 7px and click OK.
Increase the contrast of colors to enhance the glow. Add adjustment layer "Levels" and set for whites value 222.
Create a fire basis on a leopard. First, open (Cmd/Ctrl + O) desired image of fire (in my case "sidestreet-stock (3)") from pack "Package Fire_stock_by_sidestreet_stock". On Channels panel hold Cmd/Ctrl and click on RGB thumbnail select Move Tool (V) and drag the fire in the document with the leopard.