The Flamer Class is a quick and easy method to set things on fire. Throw some fuel (any display object) at the class and make it burn.
While working on another project I needed to make some lightweight flames. I looked around, tried a bit of perlin noise, some convolution filters – then some PixelBender filtering – I wasn’t really happy with the results.
I found the excellent Saqoosha’s Fire on Wonderfl.
This demo had nearly the flicker and colour mapping that I was looking for. Rendering the perlin noise on each frame was causing a bit too much processor overhead for my purposes.
Instead of rendering two perlin octaves and moving the layers against each other, I took two separate single octave perlin noise bitmaps and rotated one against the other while blending.
This gives a nice effect and is very lightweight. With the Saqoosha method I was clocking at a steady 26fps, with my lightweight method I could get 90fps.
To get the flame hues I set up a gradient box, threw some colours at it, loaded those colours into an array which I then pushed to a palette map.
So how to use the Flamer class:
var flamer:Flamer=new Flamer(display_object)
Your object will now be on fire. Feel naughty?
You can set the render width and height and also set the direction of the flames by setting a point vector.
var flamer:Flamer=new Flamer(display_object,render_width, render_height, flame_direction_point)
//The colour of the flames can be set with one of the presets (There are 4 at the moment – ORANGE_FLAME, BLUE_FLAME, YELLOW_FLAME, GREEN_FLAME – but I will be adding more)
//Direction can be set on the fly:
Here is a demo of a pure code use of the Flamer: The Flaming Vortex. You can click on the flash to initiate an explosion, and pressing space will change the colour. Have a play:
This next demo is an example of throwing a movieclip/sprite at the Flamer class. Don’t laugh, I quite literally spent 10 minutes putting the anims together then threw them at the Flamer. Click on Flash to change colour and object.
Lots of fun can be had by throwing different animations at the Flamer. Control some with your mouse/keys. Become a twisted fire starter.
The Flamer class could do with a few more features, but is a pretty good start. The speed is pretty good, I’m happy to receive any improvement recommendations.
I have packed the Flamer class and demos up in a zip if you want to have a play:
DOWNLOAD: Flamer Class and Demos