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Course Workbook

Hair: The Seminar

Photoshop Hair Selection Techniques

Photoshop hair 2x
eBook $15
Print $20
Print + eBook $23

This book addresses one of the most difficult parts of creating a realistic and beautiful photo composite: selecting and masking hair. Creating clean and detailed masks are the key to all retouching. You’ll gain insight into making photo-illustrations and learn to combine images into a seamless composition. This book teaches 3 different techniques for selecting and masking hair, starting with a simple but detailed example and ending with an extremely complicated image requiring multiple tools and techniques.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-934624-50-0

Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
Hair Selections & the Search for the Holy Grail
Section 1
Refine Edge
  • Using refine edge to create a hair selection
  • Using Curves to adjust the hair mask
  • Removing a color cast
Using Channels to Make Hair Selections
  • Making a selection using Channels & Curves
  • Refining the selection with the history brush
  • Refining the hair mask
Using Hair Brushes to Paint Hair Masks
  • Using custom hair brushes to create a selection/mask
  • Refining the hair mask
  • Removing a color cast
Reference Material
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Examples of What You Learn

  • Evaluating an image and determining what tools will be most effective for making a selection
  • Using the Quick Selection tool in concert with the Refine Edge command
  • How to use channels to make a mask
  • Refining a mask with filters, curves, and the paint brush
  • Combining an image with soft edges with a new background
  • Creating texture and form using shaped brushes
  • Tips and tricks to make selections quickly and effectively
  • And more...

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eBook $15
Print $20
Print + eBook $23