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2-hour Premium Seminar

HAIR: The Seminar

Photoshop Advanced Hair Selection/Silhouetting

This seminar 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.

In this lecture-style, 2-hour class you'll learn 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. You’ll learn about:

  • 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...

These techniques will take your retouching to the next level, and will give you a basis for making selections and masks that are both detailed and realistic.

This seminar is not for beginners. It’s for people that have prior experience using Photoshop and want to take their selection and masking skills to the next level.

Upcoming Seminars

  • No seminars scheduled at this time.

Price: $50

  • 2 hours
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • In New York City and Live Online

New York City seminars are held at:
594 Broadway, Suite 1202 (between Prince & Houston) Map

  • Learn to silhouette hair & replace backgrounds.

  • This photo has good contrast between the hair & background.

  • Look at all the detail in the layer mask!

  • Here she is on a different background.

  • Fly away hairs? Not a problem, you’ll learn how to select them.

  • Here he is on a different background.

  • Silhouetting frizzy hair on a low contrast background can be challenging.

  • Here she is on a new background.

Includes a Workbook

Attendees receive a 35-page workbook that includes step by step instructions and sample images so you can practice and remember the techniques demonstrated.

Why Train With Noble?

27 Years of Experience

Noble Desktop has been teaching computer graphics and web development since 1991. In all those years we have perfected the craft of teaching. If students get hung up on any issue, we tweak the class to make it work better. Every instructor uses the same time-tested curriculum we have developed. Ask around: Noble Desktop has a stellar reputation for exceptional computer graphics training.

Our Teaching Method is Better

We don't ask you to simply "follow along," copying what the instructor does. Instead we ask you to focus 100% attention on the lesson at hand. Only after the lesson do you then put into practice what you have learned by working on a computer with our step-by-step workbooks. This "learn, then practice" method results in the student learning and retaining much more than traditional "follow along" classes.

We Wrote the Book Ourselves

Most of our classes include a custom training workbook written by our top instructors. Take it home with you: with step-by-step exercises and power-user keyboard shortcut guides, it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk. We wrote the book ourselves because we couldn't find any book that was good enough. Now our books are being used by other schools and training centers worldwide.

We Provide Computers, Mac or PC

Since when did training centers expect you to "bring a laptop"? Noble Desktop has always had classrooms full of computers, Mac and PC. Each computer is loaded with software and has a 19-inch monitor. The next time you are asked to "bring a laptop," ask why you aren't being provided a computer. Noble Desktop always has up-to-date equipment in our state-of-the-art classrooms.

Not Just Anyone Can Teach

All our instructors are working professionals who bring on-the-job experience to the classroom. But we don't just let anyone teach a course. How many experts do you know who can't teach? We've learned to audition and test our instructors. Only after they have been through our screening process will they be put in front of students. And they are required to use our time-tested curriculum, assuring a positive learning experience for all our students. Read our instructor bios.

Money-Back Guarantee

We’re the only school to offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If within the first half of the class you don’t absolutely love it, we’ll give you a full refund. Please note any request needs to be made before the halfway point of any class.

We Are NY State-Licensed, and Adobe Authorized

When looking at a computer training school, check to see if they are NY State-licensed. Any school in New York should be licensed by law. Noble Desktop follows state-issued guidelines for curriculum development and teacher licensing. Adobe Authorized means our instructors have passed the rigorous Adobe Certification Exam, and that we follow Adobe's quality-control standards.

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We offer our guarantee because we think we’re the best—but don’t take our word for it. Ask more than 2200 industry professionals who have enjoyed our classes and are putting what they learned to use on the job. Read their testimonials.