Due to continued interest from Quantum Petshop's short film Bullets over Breakfast, and to help promote the DVD sale, we've turned one of the Bullets over Breakfast Special Edition DVD's extra features into an (abridged) online tutorial. In other words, this is basically a written version of the Gunfire extra feature provided on the Bullets over Breakfast Special Edition DVD (see details about the DVD and its extra features). It should be stressed that this method was used to make some of the gun barrel blast effects, though the concept has been represented in its entirety.
First off, if you want to add muzzle flares/gun blasts easily there is software and plug-ins that already do it (such as DigiEffects' Delirium for After Effects or Premier). Course, Quantum Petshop is too cheap to buy these things and we feel they always look too generic anyway. Besides, we enjoy figuring out how to do it ourselves. (Hire Quantum Petshop to do it for you? Contact us.) On with the tutorial, here we go.
Ok, so it looks cheesy so far. Well, what can you expect from 1 minutes effort. Don't stop here because here's the trick: use the Distort>Displace filter and use a grunge image of some sort. You could use a picture of dirt, or a picture of your Mommy, but we use a render & difference clouds image like below. You can make your own "clouds" image easily, but for greater detail, consult our The Versatility of Photoshop's Render Clouds tutorials.
Additionally, I cutout the gun blast to match the scene. I also added some glow and glare around the hand and gun.
This image was saved and brought directly into my NLE, Adobe Premier, and placed on the timeline with a duration 1 frame (~1/30th of a second).
Again, I want to stress that this tutorial is provided as promotional material for our short film Bullets over Breakfast. Its a short and condensed version of one of the Gunfire extra feature on the Bullets over Breakfast Special Edition DVD. (Follow the DVD link for sample videos of the extra features.)
Don't forget to checkout our entire Tutorials section.