Masking Hair in Photoshop
Today, I'm going to show you how easy it is to cut hair out of a photo without ruining the haircut with Photoshop. We must use an accurate mask, or else there will be inaccuracies in the final product. There are many different masks for cutting out hair depending on what type of image you're working with, but today I want to teach you my favourite one-the background eraser tool!
- Background Eraser Masking.
- Alpha Channel Masking.
- Clipping Masking.
- Color Range Masking etc.
Step 1: A clipping path can be used to create an outline around the image.
It's easy to see why Photoshop is so popular among photographers. It may seem not very easy at first, but it doesn't take long before you're creating your masterpieces and feeling like a professional artist in the comfort of your home with this powerful software! Even if you don't have any artistic skills whatsoever (like me!), there are plenty of tutorials online that will help guide you through using Adobe Photoshop CS3 or CC for beginners. You'll be able to edit photos professionally without ever having taken one yourself - what more could we ask from life?
CS3, CS5, CS6, and CC are recommended. Open your desired picture in Photoshop. Duplicate your picture using the Open Photoshop layer. First, you need a route around the picture. Double the primary layer and use two layers behind the duplicate layer (Ctrl+ j or command + j). The first layer is 100% Black, and the next layer is pure white.
Step 2: Setup the Brush and Background Eraser tool
Now let me show you how to remove any unwanted hair while keeping the colour intact smoothly. First, I will use the Background Eraser Tool and set up my brush with a hardness of 100% and spacing at 25%. Next, select Sampling once from Discontiguous Tolerance on the top navigation bar in Photoshop: As Needed.
The Output tone should be friendly - as we are about to learn something new or expert so that it feels like an authentic tutorial.
Step 3: Feather and Erase Background
You'll want to make sure you select the path first and then inverse it. You can do this with Control+enter or Cmd+Enter on a Mac or clicking once in that layer before pressing Ctrl + I (Shift + cmd +I). Give your feather edge 0.3% for additional shaping and style! Erase any background contents before saving it as a PSD file of PNG-24 format.
Step 4: Removing White shades
After Erasing the background, we are all most done. It would seem that there is no work left to do, but in reality, our task has just begun! One thing you may not have noticed was dust and spot on your image's surface. With what I'm about to show you next can remove these things with ease. Clicking a little button called Background Eraser will bring up brushing options for this tool; set its Hardness: 0% (this means it won't be harsh), Spacing 25%, Sampling of "Background Swatch" Limit Discontiguous Tolerance 60-80%. In all honesty, though, my favourite part of removing white shades from an image is getting rid of those pesky Dust or Spot marks too!
To make your retouching job as amazing as it can be, start by making sure you have a clean canvas. This means erasing around the subject's hair so that their locks are smooth and free of any distractions. Choose the path and press Ctrl+Enter or Cmd+Enter, then invert layer (Shift+Ctrl-I or Shift +Cmd I) and give feathering 0.5% Erase around the hair. It's a great way to remove white shades. Make sure the foreground colour is default with a background.
Step 5: Checking Hidden Dust and Spot
Wow, it is a wonderful tool to check the quality of masking! After all process, I thought that we were done. But wait - there are many dust and spots around the hair. How can we make sure they're gone? Let's start with Curve Tool by making the Pure background White in order to show hidden dust and spots more easily after this step has been completed successfully; There will be much less hidden dirt on our Masked image underneath when you use curve; for any other purpose as well! Check out these screenshots below...
Step 6: Removing Hidden Dust and Spot
Dust and spots on hair are a common problem, but there's no need to worry! I have a tried-and-true way of removing these pesky things. Select the Erase tool and set up the brush tool with Spatter 59 pixel brush or any round shape you prefer. Set your opacity at 100%, hardness 100% (unless it's too bright), as well as flow rate between 80%-100%. Now erase around where we want dust/spots removed from our image--the layer should be transparent if done right so that only what is supposed to show through will do so; this great technology can help remove unwanted marks while still preserving more desirable parts of an original photo.
We all know how amazing it feels when a hair mask is applied to our heads. It's like we've just given ourselves new life! With this product, you can feel the same sensation without using your strands - and that means no one has to miss out on any of their colour or locks for one day only while they wait in line at the salon.
The magical hair mask lets us change our background whenever we're bored without losing colour from throughs or strands; what better way to pass the time? Plus, with its fulfilment benefits, too, it makes sure nobody misses out on those good vibes either.