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Old 04-08-2010, 04:56 AM
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Re: Cutting out hair

There are even more channels, if you take HSB and HSL into account ;-)
And you can use the layer's palette as well (the black and white adjustment layer for example can give very good starting points).
You can also create your own CMYK to bump the GCR (that'll bring everything without color into the black channel, although you could probably get nearly the same results with a saturation mask).
Another great help is the "Difference" mode. Try it out by creating a new layer, choosing the Smudge tool and checking "Sample all layers". Now smudge in the background over the hair and when done with all the edges, set the layer's blending mode to "Difference".

The possibilities are nearly endless and like almost everything in Photoshop, fantasy is your only restriction :-)

But in most cases you should be good with the original channels or maybe some help from CMYK/LAB channels and the pen tool.

Some day maybe I'll record a video or two on masking :-)
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:13 AM
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Re: Cutting out hair

Vertus Fluid Mask
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:50 AM
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Thank you very much indeed for those links, and I will follow them up. Great!!!


And now the conversation has gone a 'lil bit over my head


Nice edit!

I googled Vertus Fluid Mask and was most impressed by their gallery. They really seem to do the job well.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:08 AM
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Hi Jonas, just a note to say I am having a go with those tutorials. Really good! Russell Brown is a magician rather than photoshopper Thank you so much for your help. I really think I am going to learn a lot with the tutorials.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:15 PM
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Re: Cutting out hair

Originally Posted by Der_W View Post
No problem, I'm always happy to help :-)

If you want to know something about using channels to create masks, maybe these videos can help you:

Or even better, use calculations to combine different channels:

If you still have any questions, feel free to ask or write me a PM if I don't answer (somehow I seem to lose some of the threads' links ;-)).
Such a very amazing link!
Thanks you for the post.
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:09 PM
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Re: Cutting out hair

its fine. I trim the hair away from my bichon's eyes all the time.
They will not go blind unless you stab her in the eye with the scissors!
Here is a website for grooming westies:
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