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Old 04-08-2003, 12:52 AM
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How to remove dark hair on arm?

I know there must be an easy way to do this, but my mind is drawing a blank right now. A client has requested that I "remove" the dark hair on this arm. Can anyone give me some tips for the best way to do this?

Thanks, Jeanie
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Old 04-08-2003, 01:44 AM
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Jeanie, I seem to recall that Dan Margulis had an exercise on removing 5 o'clock shadow in his book. It may do the trick in your pic. I don't have the book here, so can't give any details.
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Old 04-08-2003, 02:07 AM
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Two ideas:

1. Eyedropper on skin, brush set to lighten, brush out the hair.

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2. Select the arm, make it another layer, gaussian/radial blur it (you want the overall lighting to be consistent in the blurred section, so radial might work better for some situations), set the layer mode to lighten, diddle with opacity and potentially curves/levels on the new layer to make it look right.

Attached is an example; I played quick and loose with the mask, you'd need to retexture it to the rest of the photo, but it's one approach.
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Old 04-08-2003, 06:51 AM
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I agree with TGL, lighten (and darken) are two excellent retouching modes, as is reduced opacity and noise.

As well as painting or clone stamping in blend modes, or moving selections of pixels over the area and blending etc, one could see if the healing tools help (or image doctor plugs).

I have used these methods to _reduce_ the appearance of unwanted arm hair on female models when retouching for magazine work. Totally removing hair is another matter.


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Old 04-08-2003, 01:33 PM
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In this particular photo, the patch tool works pretty well, because you have the wrist area without hair to borrow from. I could have done it better with more time.
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Old 04-08-2003, 04:13 PM
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Thanks for all of the replies. At least I was on the right track. I haven't been able to reduce the opacity of a layer set to lighten (or any other mode for that matter) without it looking really funky. So, perhaps one the healing brushes will work best.

Stephen, I think that "reduce" is probably a better term than "remove". I think it would totally unnatural if I tried to completely remove it.

I'm going camping for a few days, so if there are any other responses (which would be welcome ) that I don't respond to for a while, that's why.

Thanks again,
Jeanie
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Old 04-08-2003, 06:15 PM
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Jeanisa, the lighten/darken method works miracles on such things as powerlines against the sky. But is it fair to say that, as a rule of thumb, it is less effective/ineffective where there is a known texture, such as skin, involved?
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Old 04-09-2003, 09:36 AM
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Hi jeaniesa!

hope you had a lovely camping holiday!

I also agree with Stephen about trying to 'reduce' versus 'remove' ....

I used the Matching density to minimize staining technique explained in chapter 6 of Katrin Eismann's book, which consists of copying a good part of the image, (in this case of the arm), and pasting it Into the part I wanted to cover.
After stretching it a bit, I used: Levels, Clone Tool and Healing Brush to adjust it to the rest of the arm.
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Old 04-09-2003, 11:15 AM
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I know there must be an easy way to do this, but my mind is drawing a blank right now. A client has requested that I "remove" the dark hair on this arm. Can anyone give me some tips for the best way to do this?
I'm not sure if I need sensitivity training or reading lessons

When I first looked at this post, I read it as "his" arm and I've been wondering why "he" is wearing a dress!

I'm no stranger to hairy arms among women - it's one of the crosses the women in my own family have to bear - but my poor, feeble mind could not reconcile what I "thought" I read with what I "thought" I saw in the picture....

OK, I'm going back in my rubber room now...

Margaret
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Old 04-09-2003, 03:54 PM
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I'm going back in my rubber room now... -- Margaret
O.K. -- who was on duty at the rubber room door?
How many times do we have to remind you to KEEP THAT DOOR LOCKED!!

Jeanie -- see what happens when you go off on a holiday?!




Flora -- so good to see you back in the forums.
Nice solution to the problem.
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