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Another hair mask request
Can someone offer any advice on this specific picture, or point me more generally to the easiest tutorial to follow?
The general advice would be to find some channel which offers a good (enough) contrast betweeen the hair and the background to serve as a base for a mask. Likely candidates here would be the Red or Green channels.
Often a change to LAB mode will show some good pickings in the A and B channels, but for this image the high noise in the Blue channel ends up spoiling both of these.
My observation, however, would be that, in this case, there isn't any real need for intricate masking.
In other threads on this subject the hair to be extracted from the background was a fundamental part of the general hair style which, in consequence, made it so important to go to all the trouble of setting up some difficult masks.
Here, the difficult hair is only on the "fly-aways" which in most retouches is one of the very first things that will be eliminated.
So, just mask around the edge of the bulk of the hair and forget the wisps.
I guess you have been following other threads here regarding hair masks. This picture is a little blurred and the distinction between the hair and the background is difficult.
Dupe the picture
Image > Adjustments > Equalize
Dupe this layer and set blending mode to screen
You will see that what you are trying to save is not worth saving.
In this picture you may like to try this method
I know the hair that I am having trouble with is just "wisps" and "fly-aways", but I find that when I discard these I lose a sense of "realism" in the picture.
I find that using the red channel, and playing with the curves, I get pretty good contrast, but that's where I get stuck, because my masking attempts end up looking to harsh or too weak (I know i'm not explaining myself very well ) .
I'm writing from my other computer at the moment, but will try and post a picture of the results of my earlier attempt tomorrow.
Also, the original picture isn't that blurry, but I scaled it down to fit in the size requirements, and I seem to have done a poor job.
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